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.

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