how to wear black denim this fall

we’re back from vacation and easing our way into fall.  per usual, we’ve got a Sunday roundup for you, and we’re talking all things black denim.  an easy way to transition your wardrobe from summer to fall is with a neutral color scheme. neutrals will ease the shift between seasons and set the tone without adding a fur coat or sweaters into the mix just yet. although in a month or two we’ll happily add extra layers and i love, love, love sweaters! but before i break out in a happy dance let’s get back to today’s post and neutral color schemes. white denim is worn 365 days a year, but black denim is typically reserved for fall and winter. i don’t know about you, but my black jeans typically go on hiatus during the summer months, but they are a welcome sight once september rolls into town. and they look fantastic with a denim shirt. black and blue is a chic color combo that will serve you well in the coming months.

with a suede blazer

(similar) black jeans have that slimming effect we all love. which is why i always have one pair of black denim in my closet. pair the (similar) black jeans with a (similar) black turtleneck for a monochromatic look. add a (similar) brown blazer into the mix for a polished and sophisticated outfit that will keep your winter style game strong all season long. but wait. a pair of (similar) snake print pumps are on trend and add a little edge, which keeps us looking fresh and modern. 

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new year, new you, and new denim

similar jeans | similar turtleneck | similar blazer | similar pumps

new year, new you, and new denim

 

with a denim shirt

today’s ootd starts with (similar) cropped black jeans. this particular pair has limited sizes but check out a similar pair here and here. this (similar) denim shirt was last seen here worn with a pencil skirt. this week it’s making an encore appearance. if you’re not quite ready for long sleeves a (similar) short sleeve chambray shirt is an excellent substitute without changing the color scheme. (similar) leopard flats seemed like the perfect footwear choice. and leopard print is on-trend and seen everywhere this fall. if the first thought that leaps to mind is peggy bundy when it comes to this wild pattern leopard shoes or a belt are two ways to integrate this trend into your wardrobe without going over the top. sometimes, baby steps are all that’s needed. accessories are an easy way to board the trend train if you’re ever in doubt. options, ladies, there’s always lots of options when it comes to fashion.

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denim shirt, cropped black denim, leopard flats

similar jeans | similar shirt | similar flats

denim shirt, cropped black denim, leopard flats

denim shirt, cropped black denim, leopard flats

denim shirt, cropped black denim, leopard flats

denim shirt, cropped black denim, leopard flats

 

with a black sweater

today i went with monochromatic black. but i punched it up with a colorful scarf as a tie belt. black jeans can dress up or down. i kept it casual as usual today with (similar) sneakers. but if i wanted to dress it up a bit, a pair of ballet flats would go well, or even pointy toe flats to add even more polish. wearing all black with oscar and ollie is an exercise in lint rolling! i keep a lint roller handy.

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cashmere v-neck  | button jeans | (similar) sneakers | similar scarf

 

black denim roundup

here are some of my favorite pairs of black jeans from some of my favorite retailers. 

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25 Comments

  1. Ann Steinmetz wrote:

    I notice that you seem to roll up the cuffs on nearly every pair of jeans you wear, (even the denim jumpsuit) no matter the color or the fit. I like the look on the skinny black jeans, but wonder why you do it so often on others.

    Posted 9.13.20 Reply
    • if you go through the archives you’ll see a mix between cuffed and uncuffed. but i cuff jeans to highlight shoes or hide a frayed hem or just because.

      Posted 9.13.20 Reply
      • Eve wrote:

        I come from the Sandra Dee generation. We wore a bandana around our neck and cuffed our pants. You look great Beth and I love the way you can switch from the big city look to a country look and look at ease in both.

        Posted 9.13.20 Reply
        • style has lots of faces from comfy to glam. i like them all!

          Posted 9.13.20 Reply
  2. Judy wrote:

    I LOVE the black jeans, black top and contrasting coat or jacket. In fact…this look is my uniform. I was not blessed with long legs or torso that you have Beth ( I’m barely 5’2″), but I realized that a monochromatic look underneath…especially black, gray or navy for me, with a contrasting jacket/sweater or vest, gives me the visual longer look that I desire. I still can rock so many colors with jackets etc. that I don’t feel that I am only wearing black.

    Posted 9.13.20 Reply
    • a monochromatic outfit is perfect for everyone. so often i hear shorter women say they can’t wear this or that. honestly, it always goes back to proportions. if you pay attention to that you will be able to wear so many things you thought you couldn’t.

      Posted 9.13.20 Reply
  3. Sangita M wrote:

    Welcome Back! Love today’s post. Looking forward to fall (and the layers) too!

    Posted 9.13.20 Reply
    • it’s good to be back, sangita! fall is my favorite fashion season so i can’t wait to see what’s new and on-trend.

      Posted 9.13.20 Reply
  4. Heidi Danas wrote:

    Having a lint roller on hand made me giggle. I think black is a wonderful back drop for our jewelry too!

    Posted 9.13.20 Reply
  5. Lyn wrote:

    You were missed!! But even the Queen needs a vacation. Loved this post as well as your video – you look stunning in all the outfits. I’m in the middle of fine tuning all my fall sweaters. A while ago I mistakenly tossed a 15 year old cashmere black crew neck sweater into the wash with a bunch of black tees. When I opened the washer I almost cringed when I saw what I did, but even though it was a good quality sweater it was old. Never fear – it turned out beautifully! I don’t recommend it, but so glad it worked.

    Posted 9.13.20 Reply
    • there’s always that moment of dread when you think it’s ruined this time! so happy to hear your cashmere sweater made it through the wash with flying colors.

      Posted 9.13.20 Reply
  6. Adrian wrote:

    Dear Beth, lovely blog thank you, loved your little dance.xxx

    Posted 9.13.20 Reply
    • thanks so much, adrian! gotta have some fun now and again.

      Posted 9.13.20 Reply
  7. Kathleen Margoles wrote:

    Are you able to wear heels after your knee replacement? I had bilateral TKR in Nov & don’t feel comfortable in high heels yet

    Posted 9.13.20 Reply
    • i can hear heels! i worked very hard to get my leg strength back. two things you need for high heels – strong leg muscles and strong ankles.

      Posted 9.13.20 Reply
  8. MaryLynne wrote:

    To cuff or not. I’m glad you cuff your jeans just because. I have to if I don’t want to get out the sewing machine and shorten them. I even have to shorten petites which is a bother. I love black jeans especially in October and November I just ordered some new ones as those I have are too big. Yea!!

    Posted 9.13.20 Reply
  9. Andrea wrote:

    Oh Beth, the camel/black outfit made my heart go pitter pat💝. Camel is one of the most under utilized colours. It is devine with any dark blue or black. Camel accessories with dark blues/black is otherworldly in my opinion. The length of the coat is perfect.

    Posted 9.13.20 Reply
  10. jackie wrote:

    Great to see you back Madame. Looking great and refreshed and always such a style icon

    Posted 9.13.20 Reply
  11. Lisa wrote:

    Great outfits. Love the black with the suede jacket. Love the videos. You put your heart and soul into your blog. Glad you are back.

    Posted 9.13.20 Reply
  12. Lisa wrote:

    Love the very first outfit with the suede jacket. Great video as usual. Glad your back!

    Posted 9.14.20 Reply
  13. Jolanda wrote:

    I like the outfit with that sweet looking pup. Perfect complement to the all black ;).

    Posted 9.14.20 Reply
  14. jackie wrote:

    Beth that dark column of colour with the camel/tan long coat is just lovely. So my cup of tea .

    Posted 9.14.20 Reply
  15. Trace wrote:

    You look so great, especially in the all- black look. I scrolled back through your recents posts & have a quick question.
    What size were those fabulous casual cropped wide leg khakis you wore with that sweater?
    I wd like go order them online but need a point of reference.
    Thanks much!

    Posted 9.14.20 Reply
    • Trace wrote:

      I mean the striped navy & cream sweater with the banded bottom

      Posted 9.14.20 Reply
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