A great pair of men’s black jeans are a must have for every guy’s wardrobe because they are so versatile. With blue jeans, you usually have to get the wash (the color) of the jeans right (read: dark wash) if you want one pair of pants that is versatile for a number of uses. It’s tough to make a dressier fit with lighter jeans. Not so with black jeans. By definition, they’re dark and ready to for a casual or a dressier look.
UPDATE: This list was updated on 6/26/18. We updated all prices. Note: the jeans are not ranked, they’re just numbered for convenience.
10 Best Men’s Black Jeans: Style & Fit
With this list, we’re focusing on three of the main styles:
- Skinny Jeans
- Slim Fit Jeans
- Relaxed Fit Jeans
What’s the Difference Between Skinny Jeans and Slim Fit Jeans?
Unfortunately, there is not a universal standard for defining slim fit and skinny fit (or any fit, for that matter), therefore the cut of a pair of jeans varies from manufacturer to manufacturer.
Skinny jeans are a bit more specialized. If you’re going to successfully rock skinny jeans, there’s a good chance that you’re a skinny guy. Emphasis on skinny.
Slim fit jeans can be worn by a wider cross section of guys than skinny jeans. Slim fit jeans work well and are an easy fit for larger guys, for regular size guys and for skinny guys.
To put it simply, skinny jeans are a more extreme version of slim fit jeans. Both styles share similar features: slimmer through the hips, seat, thighs and calves, but skinny jeans just take it a notch (or many) further. Some larger guys can pull off skinny jeans, but when that happens, it’s the exception, rather than the rule. That’s why we’re making sure to focus on slim fit jeans, which are a great alternative to skinnies and can achieve a somewhat similar look.
Relaxed fit jeans don’t really need a lot of explaining. They’re cut to be roomier, of course. Relaxed fit jeans do share something with skinny and slim fit jeans: the necessity for getting the right fit.
Getting the Right Fit: Four Checkpoints
As for getting the right fit, that’s something you can easily control. It breaks down this way for all three types of jeans (with thanks to stylist Ashley Weston):
- Waist – Not too loose, not too snug. Your natural waist is somewhere between the middle to the top of your hip bones.
- Seat – Again, not too loose — or you’re in danger of flashing some plumber’s crack or looking like you’ve got a load of something in your britches. But not too tight, either. You’re not going to look good if your jeans look like they’ve got a butt tattoo on the backside.
- Legs – Whether you’re wearing skinny jeans, slim fit jeans or relaxed jeans, the way your denims fit your legs is just as important as the waist and butt issues. Skin tight on the thighs? No. Super loose with lots of fabric so you can’t even see your legs in there? No. Rule of thumb for the leg fit: you should be able to grab about an inch of fabric at the thigh.
- Length – Jeans come in three basic lengths: 30″ — for guys who are a bit shorter. 32″ — for guys who are average height. 34″ — for taller guys. Of course, you can get other lengths, but those are usually tough to find on the rack. Simply put, you want your pants to “break” at the tops of your shoes.
Try Before You Buy: Prime Wardrobe
This can be a big help and it can make shopping very easy. Amazon has just rolled out a new service called Prime Wardrobe. It lets you try stuff on without the obligation of buying — you only pay for what you decide to keep. They make it easy for you by providing a return label.
- Fill your box
- Try on at home
- Check out and return
It’s for Prime members only. You can sign up for Prime for a 30-day trial and you can cancel anytime.
Whatever you choose, make sure you get the best fit so you’ll look your best with a pair of jeans from our list of the 10 Best Men’s Black Jeans.
Best Black Jeans: Skinny Fit
1. Eagle Men’s Skinny Stretch Jeans
These are the classic skinny jeans and they’re a great bargain at just $19.95. The low price could be one of the reasons the jeans have gained huge reviews from customers. Out of 260 customer reviews, the average is 4.5 out of 5-stars. We’re calling these “classic” skinny jeans because they do have a low rise (meaning they will sit a bit below the waist) and they’ve go the 14″ leg opening.
These men’s black jeans are 98 percent cotton, two percent Spandex (which is where the very accommodating stretchiness comes from). They’ve got a zipper fly and a button closure. One reviewer says “If you like a skinny fit jean…you will love them…they fit fabulously and I’m 6’4″…I would highly recommend.”
2. Joe’s Jeans Men’s Slim Fit* Jeans
We’re headlining these Joe’s Jeans with an asterisk* because while they are technically “slim fit” jeans, the dimensions and customer reviews indicate that they could easily be defined as a skinny jean. For one thing, they’re low rise, which is a waist treatment that is typically associated with skinny jeans. (Joe’s Jeans skinny fits have a 9.75″ rise and these jeans have a 10″ rise.) As Joe’s says, these jeans are “created for the man looking for something slightly narrower but not quite a skinny fit.”
The jeans, which are 88 percent cotton, 11 percent poly and one percent Elastane (which is what gives them the stretch), feature a 14.5″ leg opening. These men’s black jeans do feature “dimensional whiskering,” which means they have some “worn-in” looks built into the manufacturing process. Very solid reviews with 4.1 stars average. Joe’s Jeans was founded in 2001 in Los Angeles by creative director Joe Dahan.
Price: $72.93 and up (depending on size/color selected)
Best Black Jeans: Slim Fit
3. Levi’s Men’s 511 Slim Fit Jeans
The Levi’s Men’s 511 Slim Fit is extremely popular. More than 5,700 reviews with a 4.2 (out of 5-star) rating average. According to Levi’s, the 511s are “a great alternative to the skinny jean — you’ll get the same lean look with added comfort.” That’s pretty much describing the difference between any slim fits and skinny jeans so, duh, Levi’s.
But we do want to thank Levi’s for a fashion tip: “For a laid-back daytime look, try a slightly scrunched leg and sneakers. Once night rolls around, try a 2-inch cuff with a Chelsea boot.” The jeans are 99 percent cotton and one percent Elastane so they do have some stretch and, therefore, comfort. They do have a medium rise, meaning they sit just below the waist and they are slim cut from hip to ankle. Leg opening is 14.5″ and they’re zip fly/button closure. There are a dang ton of colors available in this style: 38 at the time of this writing.
Price: $39.21 and up (depending on size/color selected)
4. Calvin Klein Men’s Slim Fit Denim Jeans
Another very popular jean with customers, with a 4.1 out of 5-star average rating. The Calvins are a slim fit, not a skinny jeans fit. They’ve got a 14.5″ leg opening and are 98 percent cotton, two percent Spandex. It’s the Spandex that gives them the stretch and comfort that is very forgiving.
The jeans feature Calvin Klein’s signature omega stitch on the back pocket. Five pocket styling with a zipper fly and button closure. Available in six different colors (as of this writing).
Price: $34.50 and up (depending on size/color selected)
5. Naked & Famous Weird Guy Black Selvedge Jeans
Naked & Famous heavily emphasizes the type of denim they use, and this pair of slim fit jeans is a great example of that. The denim is Selvedge denim made in Japan using vintage low speed looms, a process that ends up with a fabric that feels hand woven. In a nutshell, you could call the fabric a “raw denim” and the jeans will conform uniquely to the wearer’s body and will take on whatever whiskering (marking) and fading that brings.
What can you say about a brand that names a pair of its jeans “Weird Guy”? Well, we can explain the details of the Canadian company’s Weird Guy style: they’re Naked & Famous’s standard tapered fit “comfortable from waist to hip and tapered from the knee to hem.” Depending on the waist size chosen, the leg opening goes from 13″ up to 17″. The 100 percent cotton jeans feature five pocket styling and a zipper fly with a button closure. Take note: you can machine wash cold but don’t use the dryer. Hang dry.
Price: $130 and up (depending on size selected)
6. 7 For All Mankind Men’s Standard Jeans
The luxury denim industry got a strong push away from the dock when 7 For All Mankind came on the scene in 2000. The name refers to the fact that they think everyone should own seven pairs of their jeans, a worthy, yet expensive, proposition.
The Men’s Standard style has a 10″ rise, so it’s not too low. The leg openings are 16″. These men’s black jeans are 98 percent cotton, two percent Spandex, so they do have the very welcoming stretchability. Five pocket styling with a button closure and zip fly.
Not a ton of customer reviews, but those that are there are very favorable, with a 4.4 out of 5-star rating average. Shown in “timeless black,” the jeans are available in nine different colors.
Price: $111.71 and up (depending on size/color selected)
7. True Religion Men’s Straight Leg Jeans with Flap Back Pockets
True Religion’s Men’s Straight Leg Jeans are typically named “Ricky” jeans, which is simply an example of the unusual naming preference of the company. As for the cut, they’ve got a normal rise and a 17.5″ leg opening. They are, essentially, a classic straight leg jean. But there are details that set these jeans apart. While they do feature traditional five pocket construction, three outta the five pockets are unique. The coin pocket features a bright silver button flap closure, as do both of the back flapped pockets.
Do note that the jeans also feature True Religion’s big white-with-red-font patch on the back waist. The pockets feature the upside down horseshoes which, according to the company, “was born from the silhouette of a Buddha’s smile, and our hardware was inspired by the romance of denim’s 140-year history.”
Price: $85 and up (depending on size selected)
Best Black Jeans: Relaxed Fit
8. Silver Jeans Co. Men’s Grayson Easy Fit Jeans
These Grayson Easy Fit jeans from Silver Jeans Co. have a normal rise, so they sit at the waist. According to the company, the Grayson cut is “easy fit…offers more room in the saddle.” If you’re a bigger cowboy, you’ll appreciate knowing that Silver uses reinforced stitching to ensure that the seams and belt loops won’t rip.
Silver Jeans Co. says it “handcrafts” its jeans with an emphasis toward “superior softness, stretch, and mobility.” They are 99 percent cotton and one percent Elastane. The leg is a straight leg, so there isn’t any tapering from the knee to the hem.
Price: $40 and up (depending on size/color selected)
9. Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Gold Label Men’s Relaxed Jeans
A super great price on a classic pair of relaxed fit jeans. Levi’s says it uses premium denim for its Signature line of jeans. These are 99 percent cotton and one percent Elastane, so in addition to being cut roomier, they also have the stretchability that Elastane provides.
These jeans have a relaxed fit through the seat and the thigh and they’re cut straight from the knee to the hem. They get great reviews, with a 4.3 out of 5-star rating average. Also available in medium indigo and “westwood.”
Price: $19.99 and up (depending on size/color selected)
10. Wrangler Men’s Wrancher Dress Jeans
This is the outlier of the list, but they’re very popular with past customers. With more than 900 reviews, the jeans have a 3.9 out of 5-star rating average. These are not denim jeans, they’re 100 percent polyester stretch twill. They’ve got a high rise and will fit over boots. Zip fly with button closure, the pants feature a “soil release finish,” which means they’re stain resistant. Scoop front and spade hip pockets. Available in 16 different colors. BTW, that’s not a typo in the headline. They’re Wranchers.
Price: $9.53 and up (depending on size/color selected)
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