Return to the Dark Side: Dark Wash Jeans are Back

Move over medium wash…sleek and dark are the polished jeans you must have for 2023.

Truth be told, we’re still madly in love with the faded 90s washes that stole our hearts (and pocketbooks) in ’22, and we’re not giving them up anytime soon. But when it comes to those occasions where we want a clean, classic and tailored look, designers from Dior to Laurent are going into deeper denim washes.

Ready to see what the dark side has for us this season? Our editors have put together seven options we’re currently crushing on, in a variety of price points.

Starting with these dark beauties from Mott & Bow. Their Mom Allen jeans have been in super high demand since they came out. Reviewers love the fit, which thanks to the comfort stretch gives the perfect goldilocks look of fitted but not restricting. We love how the dark washed black and high rise waist gives it a classic silhouette while the tapered ankle length keeps it fresh.

Mott & Bow, Mom Allen Jeans in Washed Black $108


Looking for something more office-friendly? Universal Standard’s wide leg jeans in dark indigo are cut with clean scoop pockets, giving the front a trouser look. The wide legs are spacious and the exaggerated deep hem really set them apart. And of course, one of our absolute favorite things about these jeans is the variety of available sizing, with ranges from an XS up to 7X.

Universal Standard, Carrie High Rise Wide Leg Jeans $128


Los Angeles-born brand, Paige, has our next choice. This boot cut, dark wash jean is cut from their TRANSCEND VINTAGE denim, which is extremely soft and super comfortable. It’s also available in petite sizing (our 5’4″ accessories editor is a superfan). The high-waisted style gives a fitted silhouette through the hips and thighs, and a slim bootcut from the knee down.

Paige, High Rise Manhattan Boot in Masquerade $219

Well, hello lovely! Our next favorite are the perfect pair for those days when you feel you could use a little support. NYDJ has your back (and front too) with their Marilyn jeans. The Marilyn has the NYDJ’s famous Lift Tuck® Technology, that uses a proprietary slimming panel with a patented criss-cross design to shape and support curves for an always-sleek silhouette. The natural at-waist fit and straight legs are straight up classic styling that will let you wear them year after year, no matter the trends.

NYDJ, Marilyn Straight Leg Jeans $99


Love the look of raw hem jeans but don’t think they work for a polished look? 12 Storeez has a pair that will change your mind. With a super dark wash and a classic straight leg look, this denim is all ready for your favorite blazer and accessories.

12 Storeez, Straight Leg Raw Hem Jeans $88

(on Sale NOW from $125)


We are in love with Joe’s Jeans 70s patch pocket jeans. The color is a sleek indigo dubbed ‘surface’. Not only does the darker wash show off the gold hardware, but the natural waist fit and cropped bootcut are perfect for showing off your curves.

Joe’s Jeans, The 70s Patch Pocket $153

(on Sale NOW from $218)


Speaking of hardware, this button fly, sunset blue wash from Joie has plenty of visual interest. Lovers of this season’s cargo pants addiction will enjoy the pocket details worked into this skinny pant style.

Joie, West Sunset Blue Maxine Park Skinny $228

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