Dark Blue Jeans are a Wardrobe Staple: Here’s What to Wear Them With

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Dark blue jeans are probably the most versatile type of denim. You get that classic blue color we all love about jeans, but the darker shade gives it a level of smartness that light blue denim doesn’t provide.

This means navy jeans go with everything. They fit just as well with a casual jacket and sneakers as they do with loafers and blazers. And it’s equally at home when paired with a long coat and boots in winter as it is a polo-shirt and canvas shoes in summer.

You also have plenty of options when it comes to colors too. With other jeans, you have to worry about the color of the clothes you wear. It’s easy to go wrong when wearing black or light shades. The potential for a color clash is great.

But that doesn’t really happen with navy. Colors dark blue jeans go especially well with include whites and off whites, grey, neutral shades, and primary colors. Colors that people often avoid when wearing blue—like black and brown—can go well with navy jeans.

The only color I’d consider avoiding is a shade of blue that match the color of the jeans. But even that can ok if you break the outfit up with splashes of color elsewhere.

12 Ways to Wear Dark Blue Jeans

With a Breton Stripe Shirt

Breton Shirt Dark Blue Jeans
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If it’s too hot for a sweater but not quite t-shirt weather try a Breton stripe shirt. The instantly recognizable blue and stripes on a white background go brilliantly with dark blue jeans. I like to go sockless and wear brown loafers with this outfit. Boat shoes or canvas shoes would work equally well.

With a Sporty Sweatshirt

Sweatshirt Dark Blue Jeans
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I was recently bought this sweater and I love its dark green shade. It’s not a color I’d usually choose but I think it goes really well with navy jeans. It’s a nice change from the gray sweatshirts I normally wear. Although, grey sweatshirts also go really well with dark blue denim.

With a Grey T-Shirt

Grey T-Shirt Dark Blue Jeans
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Grey and blue go great together so pairing a grey t-shirt with navy jeans is a no-brainer. I like to finish the look off with casual shoes or canvas sneakers.

With a Denim Jacket

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Black denim jackets go great with navy denim. There’s no chance of the colors clashing but it still produces a dark silhouette. I like to wear mine with lighter colored shirts, such as the Breton stripe top in the image above.

With a Coat and Boots

Dark Blue Jeans Coat Boots
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Dark color clothes look great in winter and navy jeans are no exception. They go well with my thick boots, chunky knit jumper, and quilted coated. The look would work equally well with a wool coat.

With a Leather Jacket

Leather Jacket Dark Blue Jeans
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Leather jackets and dark denim is a match made in heaven. I often wear my jacket with faded black jeans for an indie-rock look, but it goes just as well with dark blue jeans. Put a lighter-colored t-shirt or sweater on underneath so the outfit isn’t too dark.

With a Sweater and Sneakers

Sweater Sneakers Dark Blue Jeans
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Pairing dark blue jeans with a sweater and sneakers is perfect weekend wear. I like the neutral color of the sweater in the above image as it contrasts nicely with the denim. I chose a light sweater but you easily go for a chunky knit sweater in winter. I feel like a dark color would work really well in this case.

With a Check Shirt

Dark Blue Jeans Check Shirt
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I bought the above check shirt from the 2020 Uniqlo JW Anderson. I love the asymmetrical checks and the neutral colors. The shirt goes great with navy jeans and it’s a nice change from a typical plaid shirt.

With a Cardigan

Cardigan Check Shirt Dark Blue Jeans
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There’s a school of thought that says blue and brown don’t go together. And there are some cases were the two colors can definitely clash. but it can work. I thnk the above outfit where I put a brown sweater over the check shirt mentioned above is a great example of this in action.

With a Thick Polo Neck

Dark Blue Jeans Turtleneck
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I love turtlenecks and often wear them with dark denim. My favorite turtleneck is the dark chunky knit one featured in this article. But I recently bought the off-white one in the image above and I think the navy and neutral colors look great together.

With an Oxford Shirt

Oxford Shirt Dark Blue Jeans
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Dark blue denim and oxford shirts are a perfect match. While there can be a mismatch between these shirts and lighter shades (i.e. more casual) of jeans, with dark blue jeans it works perfectly.

With a Blazer

Black Sweater gray blazer jeans
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As navy denim tends to be smarter than lighter colors, it’s easy to pair these jeans with smarter items like blazers and Chelsea boots. In the image above I wore a dark fine knit sweater to complete the look.

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Duncan Elder

Duncan is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Boardwalk. He's spent the last 15 years developing his own sense of style, which lies at the cross-section of mid-noughties indie and Uniqlo-inspired minimalism.

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