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What Style Top Pairs Best With Black Skinny Jeans?

by Stacey Kole

It’s hard to have too many skinny jeans in your closet, but eventually all of those blue-denim washes start to run together. Inject some life into your wardrobe by rocking an equally versatile color -- black. From sophisticated monochromatic pairings to colorful tunic looks, you have a myriad of top options for skinny black jeans.

All Types of Tunics

By definition, tunic tops are long and loose fitting, creating a balanced silhouette with fitted skinny jeans. For a polished look, pair your jeans with a black silk or gauzy tunic for a monochromatic ensemble. Accessorize with gold, silver or mixed metal bracelets or chains to up the chic quotient. If you’re looking for a playful vibe, a tunic in a colorful print -- whether with sleeves or without -- adds vibrancy to your dark bottoms.

Bring on the Blazer

Black skinny jeans are even easier to dress up than dark blue denim; to style yours for a day at work or a special evening out, pair your jeans with a blazer. For a dinner date, try your skinnies with a simple white tank and either a bright-colored or soft-pastel blazer. If you’re heading to the office, top either a solid or printed silky blouse with a neutral gray or navy jacket. While a black blazer would give your ensemble a suit look, be sure the blacks don’t clash and are sufficiently broken up with a white or colored cami, shell or blouse underneath.

Keep It Simple With a Tee

Wear your black skinny jeans with a basic, boyfriend-style tee that hangs several inches below your waistband and over at least part of your bottom. For a little more shape, tuck just a bit of your shirt into the front, leave the back free and add a narrow belt. Pick a tissue-soft, burnout material for a casual look or a dressy rayon or silk-blend V-neck for a night out. Accessorize with a chunky necklace and boots; if the weather is cool, top with a moto-style jacket for an urban-chic vibe.

Cool in Cardis

Cardigans come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but one with a longer cut pairs especially well with black skinny jeans. Whether you choose a thin knit for the beginning of fall or a thick version for cold winter months, you can’t go wrong with a cardi in a neutral hue or vibrant color. Choose a button-free style and show off a tee or turtleneck underneath or wear a buttoned-up look and top with a skinny belt to define your waist. Finish your look with flat leather boots for a comfy, carefree style.

About the Author

Stacey Kole worked for five years as managing editor of the style and pop-culture magazine Savvy, where she traveled coast-to-coast covering all things fashion and beauty. In addition to daily writing and editing duties, she interviewed and penned cover stories on such celebrities as Avril Lavigne, Julianne Hough and “Twilight” star Ashley Greene.

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