Think of the coolest person you can. Hold them in your mind. Got them? Are they there? Good.
Whether you're a Keith Richards or Mick Jagger kind of guy, or whether you're more of a Johnny Depp or Dave the rapper sort of man, there's one thing we can guarantee: in the mirror of your mind's eye, the coolest person you can think of is wearing black jeans.
The undisputed sartorial signifier of undeniable edge (followed closely by wayfarer sunglasses and black leather biker jackets), a good pair of black jeans should form the cornerstone of any masculine wardrobe.
Cool factor aside, a pair of well-cut black jeans will also be the most adaptable and hard-working garment you own. Elegant worn with a black blazer and sweater à la Michael Kors, or edgy and a little bit scary worn with the aforementioned wayfarers and leather jackets, a good pair of black jeans will keep you looking cool long after, well, you aren't anymore.
Herewith, our edit of the best black jeans on the market, whatever your style.
1. The faded ones
Saint Laurent, £555 at matchesfashion.com
An easy-wearing weekend classic, a slim-cut, faded pair of black jeans is best worn with more casual outfits. Think a grey marl loopback sweatshirt and easy tennis pumps. Pub anyone?
2. The baggy ones
Isabel Marant, £285 at isabelmarant.com
Better for younger, slimmer frames, a pair of baggy black jeans will look their best worn with some chunky black sandals or pool slides and a vintage band tee.
3. The flared ones
Eytys, £187 at matchesfashion.com
You've got to be brave and scarily cool to pull off a pair of flared jeans. Team with a pair of Gucci platform loafers and a spread-collar ivory silk shirt for maximum Seventies effect.
4. The classic ones
Prada, £360 at prada.com
This deep black five pocket pair of jeans by Milanese label Prada is perfect for slightly older frames and to be worn as part of a more formal look.
5. The leather ones
Acne, £1,100 at mrporter.com
Punchy, agro and more than a little sexy, a pair of black leather jeans are at their best worn with, well, plenty more leather. Avoid Hells Angels comparisons by wearing white tennis shoes on your feet rather than biker boots.
6. The distressed ones
DSquared2, £415 at harrods.com
DSquared2 is well known for producing sexed-up, ultra masculine pieces and these jeans are a case in point. Wear with a white tee and a pair of heavy-duty black Chelsea boots for a fail-safe trans-seasonal look.
7. The easy ones
Levi's, £85 at levi.com
Looking for a pair of skinny, comfortable, stretchy black jeans that you can wear with literally everything? Well, look no further.