- Black skinny jeans are a staple of any woman’s closet, serving as a step-up in dressiness from their lighter-wash counterpoints.
- The $98 Warp + Weft JFK Skinny Jeans earn our vote for the wide range of sizes and inseam lengths they come in, combined with superior fit and quality for the price.
Black skinny jeans are essential in any wardrobe. They pull a look together while remaining casual and comfortable. But finding good jeans is also kind of a nightmare, especially if you primarily shop online.
When shopping for black skinny jeans — or any jeans, really — there are some details to look for that will increase your chances of finding the perfect fit without trying them on. If you often end up with jeans a few inches too long or too short, check out the inseam measurement listed in the product description. Many brands offer several lengths to accommodate different heights, but they aren’t always labeled "petite" or "tall."
Stretch is another factor to consider. Too much and your black skinny jeans will slowly become unskinny the longer you have them on, too little and you might not be able to sit down. Pay attention to the fabric blend, which should contain 1-2% elastane or spandex for a little bit of stretch that won’t bag out between washes.
Our favorite pairs of black skinny jeans, detailed below, manage to be both comfortable and slim-fitting at once. Plus they that have that nice, crisp wash that might as well belong to a pair of work pants.
Here are the best black skinny jeans in 2019:
- Best black skinny jeans overall: Warp + Weft JFK Skinny Jeans
- Best high-rise skinny jeans: Everlane High-Rise Skinny Jeans
- Best stretch skinny jeans: Levi’s 711 Skinny Jeans
- Best plus-size skinny jeans: Universal Standard Seine High-Rise Skinny Jeans
- Best petite skinny jeans: LOFT Petite Modern Skinny Jeans
- Best high-end skinny jeans: Paige Transcend Verdugo Ultra Skinny Jeans
The best black skinny jeans overall
Warp + Weft
Warp + Weft denim is designed to give you the best possible fit and the JFK Skinny Jean combines a sleek, form-fitting silhouette with an impressive 00 to 24 size range.
We’re big fans of Warp + Weft denim at Insider Picks, so it’s not surprising that one of the brand’s pairs would top this list. The JFK Skinny Jeans in Blacktop are the ideal classic black jeans — fitted but not too tight, mid-rise, and polished.
I’m truly impressed by the size range, which runs from 00 to 24 with 27-inch or 29-inch inseams, and the attention to details like a matte black button closure that doesn’t interrupt the seamless silhouette. These little touches add up: This is a $98 pair of jeans, but it’s well worth the splurge.
Reviewers rave about how comfortable these jeans are thanks to several unique denim blends with varied amounts of stretch. The JFK Skinny Jean is available in three fabrics: Power (lightweight and breathable with superior shaping and hold), Oneder (super soft and tightly woven with minimal stretch), and Dynamic (mid-weight and stretchy yet retains its shape).
All varieties are available in black, although the wash varies slightly between styles. Warp + Weft also makes an effort to lessen the environmental impact of their product; the brand uses 95% less water in the manufacturing process than other brands and recycles 98% of the water it does use.
"This denim is super soft, with a touch of stretch and lift, allowing it to hug your curves without squeezing or digging into your body," writes Insider Picks’ Jinnie Lee in her review. BuzzFeed compares the JFK Skinny to "an ultra-light second skin." Racked is also a fan.
Pros: comes in sizes 00 to 24, comfortable and lightweight, three fabric options, sustainable manufacturing process
The best high-rise skinny jeans
The High-Rise Skinny Jean from Everlane is made of quality Japanese denim that combines 98% cotton with a dash of stretch for the ideal fit.
The High-Rise Skinny Jean from Everlane will even appeal to people who think they don’t like high-rise pants. Made of Japanese denim with a dash of stretch, these pants are extremely comfortable, yet they won’t lose their slim fit over time.
Stretch makes jeans of lesser quality more palatable to wear for long periods, but it’s also the reason your skinny jeans get that awkward bunching in various places throughout the day. Everlane’s High-Rise Skinny Jean combines 98% cotton with 2% elastane and comes in three lengths: Ankle (26.5-inch inseam), Regular (25.5-inch inseam), and Tall (30.5-inch inseam).
This is an Everlane bestseller, with over 5,000 customer reviews and a combined 4.45 rating. Most reviewers report that these jeans run pretty true to size, but the sizing and fit can vary slightly between washes. SheFinds and PopSugar both rave about the staying power of Everlane’s black dye over time.
Designer TyLynn Nguyen told The Strategist, "I had my third baby almost four months ago and really appreciate this chic and cozy fit. This jean is stretchy, comfortable, and perfect for my changing body. " Rank and Style, Racked, and BuzzFeed also give these pants an excellent review.
For a similar fit, but with even more stretch, Insider Picks’ reporters and editors are also fans of Everlane’s Authentic Stretch version of the High-Rise Skinny Jean, which retails for the same price.
Pros: relatively affordable, available in three lengths, transparent pricing
Cons: fit can vary by wash, size range is somewhat limited
The best stretch skinny jeans
Levi’s 711 Skinny Jean has a bit more give and stretch for a curve-hugging fit that’s as cozy as leggings with the chic look of denim.
What’s a "best denim" list without a little Levi’s, right? They’re jeans are as classic as it gets, and the 711 Skinny Jean is ideal for those who prefer a little more stretch in their denim.
It has 4% elastane content as opposed to Everlane’s 2%, so there’s more give to these but not so much that they’ll bag out with just one wear. In fact, reviewers praise their ability to retain their shape despite the level of stretch.
These jeans have a classic, super-slim fit and come in a variety of washes, including standard black and a distressed black. They’re a hit on Amazon, with 738 customer reviews that combine for an average 4.4 star rating.
"[Levi’s 711 Jeans are] skinny enough to compliment your silhouette, but not too skinny where your pants are like a second skin. I have just about every pair of 711 jeans that they offer, but this black pair is by far my favorite," writes one Amazon review. The same person recommends washing with dark colors only so as not to ruin your lights and hanging to dry in order to retain the intensity of the dye.
BuzzFeed’s Ignacia Fulcher says, "If you want denim that will genuinely stand the test of time — so your kids can go through your closet in 20 years and find for an awesome pair of vintage jeans — look no further!"
Pros: contains stretch, three inseam lengths available, distressed and plain black options
Cons: should be washed inside out to retain dye intensity
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