Dark Denim Tips: 4 Pairs For Early Fall

Sometimes I like to embrace the most literal, obvious iterations of fall dressing. In the world of denim, that means embracing dark and black washes, because, you know, it’s colder and sometimes cloudy. Really though, I’ve learned never to underestimate the power of the perfect pair of dark jeans. Besides maybe doing my laundry for me, they can do anything.

So what kind of updates are right this season? I’m still most comfortable with skinny cuts and sometimes the occasional flare, but I want that extra somethin’ somethin,’ you know? Whether it’s a subtle print or added texture, I want my investment denim this season to cover more than the basics.

Above, one of our fabulous IFBcon attendees is rocking a dark anything-but-basic pair of DL1961 by BagSnob transition skinnies. Pretty great, right?

Here are four new pairs from four different brands that currently have my attention:

April, May ‘Cathy’ camo jeans: Camouflage is a huge trend for fall, carried over from previous seasons. If you’re not to big on the print, these black-on-black skinnies are a subdued take, with top-stitched seams that add texture.

MiH ‘Ellsworth’ skinny jeans: A good cropped skinny jean is a perfect piece for early fall – they look as smart with pumps as they do with flats. I like the slit front pockets and light fading on these that create a clean but casual aesthetic.

Rachel Zoe flare jeans: A dramatic flare in a dark rinse cuts a flattering line, especially when paired with a tall shoe and a tucked-in top. The extra long inseam, fitted leg and high rise of these jeans give them an especially retro feel.

J Brand ‘Vera’ mid rise coated skinny jeans: If you’re like me, investing in real leather pants for fall is a little out of your budget. A sleek pair of coated jeans in black is the perfect fix. The front slit at the ankle on these J Brand skinnies adds interest and a little sex appeal when paired with heels.

What’s your favorite way to wear dark denim in fall?

[Image Credits: Taylor Davies; Shopbop]



  1. September 18, 2012 / 1:12 pm

    I’m so excited to bring back dark & black denim for fall 🙂 What a great post.

    – Sara @ Gameday Stylist

  2. September 18, 2012 / 3:58 pm

    I need to get my hands on a pair of coated denim asap!

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