Your “In-Between” Dress Pant: Black Denim

One of my favorite “styles” of dress is what I like to call sharp casual. It’s a mix of casual and tailored elements and possibly the style I sport most frequently here on HSS. More times than not, this involves dressing up some slim dark blue denim. It’s a classic look that’s easy to pull off. However, when I’m looking for something slightly dressier, but don’t want to wear dress pants, that’s when I turn to my favorite “in-between” dress pant: a pair of black denim.

Hudson Jeans - He Spoke Style

| WEARING | Reiss blazer, Michael Andrews Bespoke shirt, J.Crew cardigan and belt, Hudson jeans, Pocket square c/o Eton, Brooks Brothers Black Fleece tie, Tom Ford eyeglasses, Timex watch, Shoes c/o Johnston & Murphy | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

Remember that like your standard blue denim, black denim will fade over time as well. My favorite pair of Levi’s 511s has gotten just a bit too “off-black” to dress up quite the way I want to sometimes. I recently picked up a new pair of Hudsons in Jet Black from the expansive selection at Nordstrom and couldn’t be happier.

Now that fall is in finally here, it’s time to start thinking about changing up your fabrics. I’ve been waiting all summer to break out some my favorite wool pieces like this lightweight wool blazer and one of my favorite wool ties.

Hudson Jeans - He Spoke Style

Hudson Jeans - He Spoke Style

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style

Disclosure: Compensation for this post was provided by Nordstrom. The opinions expressed herein are mine alone and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nordstrom.


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  • Matthew Pike

    I’ve not quite mastered wearing black jeans, they remind me too much of my teenage years.

  • Mihir Shah

    Great fall tie. Not sure about the “shaket” though. I like the idea but tried one on in Club Manaco and couldn’t get a handle on it. Still don’t know how to feel about it, but you pull it off well.

  • TimL

    Great look. I have white jeans and black jeans and like the look of them both.

  • Tom

    I’m a fan of black denim but typically pair with black shoes as I heard that pairing black and brown is frowned upon per some rule. Your wingtips look good and are technically “tan” according to the link. Thoughts on this “rule?”

    • Brian Sacawa

      Tom, my shoes are actually burgundy. I’m not a subscriber to the don’t pair black and brown together rule. There’s a lot you can do with it!

  • Charles W

    Hi Brian,
    Another great assemble this time.
    Your black denim idea is very inspiring and practical, to me, I also do this in most of the time, especially running from a casual occasion to a formal one within a short period of time, by simply put on a sleek and tailored jacket, a crispy clean shirt and a pair of well-polished shoes, it can literally elevate the look, a formal yet modern with a little bit of contemporary chic.
    I also like your combination with a heather grey soft-shoulder (worsted-wool?) jacket with a light blue shirt, to me it feels very European continental elegance.
    But above of all, it’s your personal style and tasteful pick that speaks the most which it takes time to cultivate and master.
    Keep up your great work, Brian, and have a great week ahead.

  • Aweda

    Great mix of different textures! I like that your denim is jet black as most/some black denims come in a series of faded varieties. Yours acts as a solid element to the outfit without adding anymore texture variation to the party and is clearly a good alternative to the dress pants. In the absence of Jet Black Denims -say one gets unlucky finding the perfect one- is there any walkthrough on sporting the faded variety in a manner that’s at least close to your SHARP CASUAL STYLE?