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Outfit Idea for Black Cargo Skinny Jeans

by Amanda Rumbalski, studioD

Black cargo skinny jeans are the fashionable and mature version of the oversized and baggy khaki styles that were popular in grade school. The dark shade and slim silhouette look all grown up when paired with easy separates and transitional accessories. Whether you decide to make your look casual or chic, you'll easily wear your cargos for years to come.

Boho Vibe

Balance the slim-fit of your cargos with a billowy peasant blouse in an interesting print or a bright color that will pop against your black jeans. Wooden-heeled suede ankle boots are a comfortable and casual option for day, while T-strap platform sandals take the look into night. In keeping with the boho vibe, add interesting jewelry to the mix -- think bangles in various textures and metals and a large pendant necklace. Sling a leather crossbody bag across your shoulders and top off the ensemble with a large floppy hat.

Night Out

Pair your black cargo skinny jeans with an oversized tank top for an edgy, rock-and-roll vibe that is ideal for a night out. A tank that boasts eye-catching details such as sequins, chains or a graphic band logo pairs perfectly with your skinnies. Layer a bandeau in a matching color or similar hue underneath if you prefer additional coverage. For a bold night-out ensemble, try head-to-toe black. The monochromatic look is a blank canvas for metallic accessories in the form of layered necklaces, bangles and statement rings. Finish the look with ankle booties that have studs or chain details, which add an extra dose of edgy glam to the look.

Weekend Wear

For a sporty ensemble that will work for the weekend, pair your skinny cargos with a fitted crew-neck sweatshirt. Juxtapose the sportiness with chic details and extras. A lace applique or floral print on the front of your sweatshirt adds feminine flair, while a Peter Pan collar peeking over the neckline of your sweatshirt creates visual interest. In keeping with the sporty-feminine mix, ground the look with wedge sneakers or bow-front ballet flats.

Preppy Chic

A long-sleeved button-down tucked into the waistband of your cargo skinny jeans creates a simple yet chic look for day. Play with proportions to transition the look for night. Think a thin leather belt, a boyfriend blazer and pointy-toe heels. Incorporate color into the ensemble with a vibrant blazer or a printed scarf wrapped casually around your neck. For those who prefer a smaller dose of color, opt for a pair of heels or accessories in a bright hue.

City Casual

Couple your cargo skinny jeans with easy separates for a menswear-inspired look that is suitable for pounding city pavement. Layer an oversized cardigan over a fitted t-shirt. Tuck the t-shirt into the waistband of your jeans and leave the cardigan open for a slightly undone look. Slip a thick leather belt through the loops of your cargos and sport a large watch to continue the menswear vibe. Add some femininity to the mix with gladiator heels or ballet flats. Cuff the hem of your jeans for a relaxed look that will also show off your footwear.

About the Author

Based in New York, Amanda Rumbalski embarked on a professional writing career in 2009. Her work has appeared in "Icon" magazine and on Entertainment-Central.com, and she has editorial and styling experience with "Women's Wear Daily," the "New York Daily News" and "Allure" magazine. Rumbalski holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising and marketing communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

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