there was a time when i considered black jeans to be so passe. but for the past few years i've really loved the look of black skinny jeans. they provide a certain slimming effect to the potential unflattering nature of the skinny jean. pre-baby, i loved jbrand 10" skinnies, but post-baby they are now a too low cut for me. post-baby, i'm a huge fan of the jcrew toothpick jeans and cords. they have a perfect amount of stretch and a nice mid-rise. on the black toothpicks, i love the contrast stiching. it highlights the fact that these are, in fact, jeans, not leggings; plus, it makes the jeans perfect for a black/brown combination.