I've tried 19 pairs of black skinny denims – these 7 are one of the best


They might not be the most exciting thing in a closet, but good black skinny jeans are an essential wardrobe without which I cannot imagine my life. This became much more apparent to me recently when I was getting rid of my trusty pair of black skinnies that I had worn for years and that were definitely past their prime. It wasn't until this key piece was missing from my closet that I realized the importance of investing in a new pair. (You really don't know anything good until it's gone, Amirite?) I'm LA style after all, so I wear jeans almost every day, and a black, skinny option was noticeably missing after just a few weeks.

Unfortunately, I embarked on the most daunting search of them all: denim shopping. Nothing gives me as headache as the glow of the fluorescent dressing room lights, but I wanted to make sure I weighed all of my options before settling on a new pair. Since virtually every brand does a simple black skinny under the sun, I had a lot of options to choose from. To save you all the same headache (and unflattering lighting in the locker room), let me share my tips on how to find the best black skinny jeans. I tried a total of 19 pairs between in-store and online orders, but there were only seven real winners that I would feel 100% confident about replacing my old pair with. The brands I didn't like will go nameless, but the ones I made will get a big reputation for a moment. Below are my seven Holy Grail Couples and why I feel so strong for them. Plus some poorly lit selfies in the locker room for your entertainment.


Melinda Martin