There are few pieces of clothing that transcend the lines of class, age and culture quite like a good pair of jeans. From rockstars to royalty, plasterers to politicians, sportsmen to CEOs, I challenge you to find a man who doesn’t have at least a couple of pairs of jeans in his wardrobe.
This uniform of the every day has, in fact, become so ubiquitous as to be entirely unremarkable. Sure, silhouettes will come and go as trend cycles dictate – like super-skinny drainpipe jeans or the extra-wide-leg JNCO jeans that took the 1990s by storm– but you’ll never walk more than a minute in the capital and not see someone wearing jeans (OK, maybe in the City). Because they go with (almost) everything. Shirt and a blazer? Yup. A T-shirt and a jumper? You betcha. Short-sleeved shirt and your most loved loafers? Absolutely. All of this is to say, jeans are an essential sartorial staple for the modern man. But when you want to look just that little bit smarter, cooler or more put together, your best bet is to opt for black denim.
Somehow even more versatile and flattering than their classic indigo or light-wash counterparts, black jeans offer a truly neutral base to work with, while also appearing close enough to slacks or chinos to fly under the radar on occasions that call for slightly smarter dress. You can even get away with wearing them to the office – provided said office errs on the casual side of the smart-casual spectrum. Really, whether you’re crunching numbers or kicking back at the pub, black jeans very rarely miss the mark.
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