Simple and timeless, a pair of black jeans is a must for any man’s wardrobe. Unlike their blue, grey, or white counterparts, black jeans go with pretty much everything, paired down with a graphic tee for a casual look or smartened up with a button-down shirt. Still, not all black jeans are created equal, with dye, cut, and denim quality all throwing a spanner in the works when looking to make this seemingly easy investment.
From affordable options by OG brands Levi’s and Carhartt WIP right up to the more adventurous, fashion-forward iterations by Junya Watanabe and Raf Simons, check out our favorite black jeans for every budget below.
Those looking to build a wardrobe of essentials on a budget will be happy to see some of our favorite black jeans come in way under the $100 mark. Season after season, Carhartt WIP and Levi’s bring the goods with simple, durable denim jeans that won’t break the bank.
$100 – $200
If you’re willing to splash out a little more (cost per wear, we’d strongly recommend), then A.P.C. has been on point with their latest apparel offerings, particularly in the jeans department. Another sleek cut comes from Los Angeles-based Pleasures, featuring an all-over logo print, while Soulland‘s slim-fitting all-black pair is perfect for everyday wear.
For anyone looking for some particularly premium black denim, these jeans may come in excess of $200, but you’ll sure as hell see it in the details. Our top investment tips are a pair of jeans from Junya Watanabe‘s Levi’s collaboration featuring red stitching throughout, or the Raf Simons option.