Black denim jeans — when a dark hue will do.
Where I hail from, blue (indigo) is the dominant go-to denim color. Jeans of a black hue are not seen much—perhaps due to style preference, or as a minor casualty of the ‘avoid black in day attire’ thinking amongst the menswear-atti (did that make sense?). Few I know would pair brown shoes with black jeans either—but with blue, no problem. Can’t get started on the black shoes thing either. So pity the black jean hue, it seems.
But I think you can at least get away with a casual pair of denims in black dye. Maybe even thrive a little. After all, they still have that rugged, work-wear image, not the ‘black is elegant’ vibe. And get this, the Levi 514’s that I’m donning are not truly ink black — more closer to charcoal. I freely wear them with a very functional set of, yes, brown leather boots while on the trail. Better still, a few washings have softened the inkiness and brought out that distinctive denim mottled texture or “twill weave”.
So now my Levi’s suddenly get confident with the dark side — pairing them up with a solid off red t-shirt, or an earthy brown jersey (yeah, brown), sometimes mixed in with a blue cloth belt. Grey-striped casual jersey too. I shy away from a white t-shirt, though — needs ink black, I think, and no one would sure in hell mistake me for an emerging ‘rocker’.
I like to think I’m no style fool, ok maybe just a little. Blue still rules the jeans realm! But sometimes a rule can work for you, when broken now and then.