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16 Rinse and Dark Wash Jeans to Shop Now

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True blue jeans have a reputation for being casual—but not all denim has to be. Case in point, the fall 2021 collections, where Erdem, Saint Laurent, Dior, and Alexander McQueen showed denim pieces treated with a rinse-wash to create an inky color. The result was an assortment of incredibly polished jean ensembles because, generally, the darker the jean, the closer they resemble a black trouser, the more elevated the look.

It’s easy to spruce up any jean outfit by swapping in a pair of deep indigo denim. Added style points if you choose a pair with additional accents such as golden topstitching, exposed buttons, and center seams. These small but thoughtful details will give your denim a little something extra—which does all the styling work for you. Think of these rigid midnight blue washes as you would a pair of navy or black tailored trousers. The two can be interchanged rather effortlessly, and both look exceptional with everything from white t-shirts to tailored blazers.

The rinsed-hue doesn’t come cut in one silhouette either. You can find skinny, straight, wide-leg, relaxed, cropped, and even the balloon leg style in the wash—so you don’t have to give up your go-to fit to try the trend. Elevate your denim collection and your fall outfits with a little help from these jeans, below.

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