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How To Wear Skinny Jeans

Updated on November 13, 2011

How to wear skinny jeans is dependant upon several factors - your own sense of style, your fashion sense and, ultimately, your confidence. Much like any other form of tight pants, skinny jeans need to be worn with a little aplomb, yet you also need to look as though you're just too casual for words.

Not hard for some but near impossible for others. For many of us, the bigger task relates to the jeans, the cut - and our bodies. Finding the best jeans for your butt, shape and personal sense of taste and style is always a little difficult for us girls. But - no matter!

Where there's a will there's a way. Loosely translated as where there's a dollar sign that we girls can afford - look out here we come. Fabulous jeans for fabulous women - lets see what the best skinny jeans can do for you!

Actually, knowing how to wear skinny jeans is simpler than it sounds. A few good pointers in the right direction and before you know it, you'll be strutting around like you've always had the 'know how'. Or at least - that's the intention.

To start with Levi's do the best skinny jeans - for a great price and they're definitely a good place to start. They're well cut, well made and the best selling jeans in the range. I have some and they're awesome. A wide range of colors and sizes allows you to accessorize to your hearts content.

Once you've got a top pair in your wardrobe, the easiest way to work out how to wear tight jeans is to think of them as a pair of leggings or similar - yet bear in mind that they remain what they really are ... a pair of jeans. And jeans can be dressed up (or down) depending on your mood, the event, the day and so on.

In a nutshell, skinny jeans can and will look good and your size and shape shouldn't be a major issue. Of course it's always easier to look good when you're super slim. However, it's also worth remembering that the average woman is anything but. So despite that little nugget of truth - a few extra curves shouldn't rule out your ability to wear a great little fashion piece.

Unless you're like the guy in the video below.

Skinny Leg Jeans

Skinny jeans are basically a very tight pant - made from denim. Not to be confused with one of the latest trends on the market, the jeans legging - or 'jeggings' as they're better known.

Like the best designer jeans from Calvin Klein, they're tight fitting, from thigh down to ankle, manufactured from a stretch denim and they're intended to fit and flatter most shapes. These ones are a great fit, most women find them extremely comfortable and flattering and the price is low considering they're designer made.

Interestingly, this style of jeans has been around some fifty years or so. Originally designed way back in the fifties, they've changed little since the designs inception. The eighties saw a huge revival (I helped revive them ... ) and teens and adults alike could be found clad in acid or stonewashed tight jeans.

Anyone who was ... anyone wrapped their legs and nether regions in jeans that were tight enough to make a vicar cry. Those were the days. And how glorious to find that over twenty odd years later - they're back in fashion.

Skinny jeans are worn by the famous and not so famous, the young and not so young and, judging on how long they've been around, they're not going to go out of fashion anytime in the near future.

So pin back your eyes - now we're getting to the science bit ... how to wear skinny jeans.

Skinny jeans for women can be worn in several different ways. Of course - remember your age. I'm just over forty and still wear them but not quite like I did over twenty years ago. No midriff baring for e.g.

The True Religion label do a fantastic pair - this pair are almost flawless in their design and they're worth every last cent. All you need is one perfect pair - after that it's how you wear them:

  • if you have a thicker ankle than you'd like, buy the styles that have the zippers - much easier to climb in and out of
  • don't, whatever you do, buy a size too small. I can't say this enough: the correct fit is the best fit
  • if they're too long, don't worry. It's ok to have a little gather at the ankle. More so if you're intending to wear yours with ankle boots or similar
  • unless you're blessed with long legs - avoid cropped or Capri skinny jeans. All they will do is shorten your leg and make you appear shorter than you really are
  • don't forget the fit around your butt - there will be a design that both fits your legs and your booty, so shop around. Don't buy second best designs

What To Wear With Skinny Jeans

If you're wondering what to wear with skinny jeans then the best advice is this: clothing and accessories should be primarily based around colors, tops and accessories that suit you. If you're long and lean, you can wear just about any combination of tops/jeans - for example:

  • layering
  • tight tops and shrugs
  • horizontal stripes
  • boho
  • streamlined
  • rock chick

If, like me, you're not quite so slim as you were way back when, then stick to:

  • boho - tunic tops and 'A' lines
  • loose shirts
  • fitted jackets but only as an added outerwear accessory
  • bell sleeve tops

Plus size ladies need to balance out the top and the bottom so avoid flats and instead opt for heels - anything leg lengthening. Equally, if you're slender, any footwear will work, from heels to boots to flats.

Skinny Jeans Style

A top style is to pair your jeans with Ugg boots. Uggs are a great example of what works, and the pair on the right are exactly what I'm talking about. Best sellers by a long mile, available in a variety of colors and so on trend when it comes to what to wear with skinny jeans - you honestly can't go wrong.

Going back to the jeans themselves - any colour is great if you're slim but plus sized women need to stick to the darker shades: black or dark blues and greys. The darker colors will slim you down, whilst lighter colors simply add width.

Final Style Tips

Some final quick tips to remember when buying and/or creating your look around skinny jeans:

  • dark colors work better on plus size women - the pair on the right are the best jeans for curvy girls. They're the perfect cut for non-skinny women and the cut and fit is beautiful
  • if you're still unsure and plus size, buy a straight leg jean rather than a skinny leg
  • don't shorten your leg length if you're petite or short legged - stay away from cropped jeans
  • remember to settle for colors that work best for you. Not everyone suits bright yellow for e.g. nor has the shape to carry it off
  • don't forget your age! Teens, tweens and those in their twenties can get away with much more than those approaching (or passing!) the middle age barrier
  • well designed boots almost always work well with skinny jeans - don't be afraid to experiment
  • but - avoid too much lacing or patent leather - you could end up looking more 'dominatrix' than fashionable!

Most of all - try to remember that following fashion doesn't have to mean you're a fashion victim. Wear what makes you feel comfortable - and that will lead to boosting your confidence.

Never make the mistake of going out - then spending your time in a corner feeling overdressed and self-conscious. Fashion is supposed to be fun, fresh and confidence giving ... it's not supposed to turn you into a wall flower!

Copyright © AJ Thompson - 01/05/10. All Rights Reserved.


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    • Blacksheep557 profile image


      6 years ago from NewZealand

      I am male , over sixty, 67 kg, and 179 hieght. I love skinny jeans, they wear well, and being not so baggy, easier to run in too. I like to mix it occasionally with heels. Heeled hiking boots with a height of 4 to 5 " works well. The skinny jean provides a seem less flow of lines to the foot

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    • 2uesday profile image


      7 years ago

      I love wearing jeans so I found this interesting.

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      Adrienne F Manson 

      7 years ago from Atlanta

      Hey Frogdropping, you know I dont even have one pair of skinny Great article on how to wear skinny jeans. Gonna have 2 get a pair, and rock those skinny jeans. voted up!

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      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      I love skinny jeans! I wear ones from the company Bullhead; Pac Sun carries them.

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thanks mysisters - I reckon skinny jeans will always be in, they're just so flattering :)

    • mysisters profile image


      8 years ago

      Great articles. Skinny jeans are very "in" right now. I have a few pairs and I love wearing them with boots or heels for a night out.

    • cheapsk8chick profile image


      8 years ago

      awesome hub! i love my skinny jeans, though before i got my first pair i swore that "skinny" and "14" didn't go together. boy was i wrong! thanks for the hubs!

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Oh I love my skinny jeans jshop - got a few pairs :)

    • jshop profile image


      8 years ago

      Love skinny jeans, love this article. And for anyone doubting whether they can pull off skinny jeans, I think it's totally true that there is a pair out there for everyone. Personally, I'm very into jeggings!

    • jeansfan profile image


      8 years ago from UK

      nice jeans...

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      8 years ago


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      Sarah Carlsley 

      8 years ago from Minnesota

      Cute article! I love wearing skinny jeans as well - there's lots of options. Thanks!

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      Laura Izett 

      8 years ago from The Great Northwest

      I love jeans!!BUT don't know if I can pull skinny off. i am tall with curves- usually an oxymoron. But I like the way the true religion jeans look. I'm still hanging onto my flare jeans. Skinny jeans remind me too much of something I saw in the 80's or 90s.

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Veggie - hey :) I like skinny jeans too and lol at your analogy!

    • VeggieJenn profile image


      8 years ago

      I love skinny jeans! Now when I wear regular ones I feel like a boy in his baggie drawers. thanks for this useful hub!

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      MStar - skinny jeans rock! And that song is one I haven't thought of in a long while, thanks for the memory ;)

      Oh and the kids with their ass hanging from their jeans? Seriously, I would never be caught following that as a fashion trend :P

    • Mortgagestar1 profile image


      9 years ago from Weirton,West Virginia

      How about the " Pants On The Ground " song! We all agree that tighter is better! The lose jeans dragging the groung and wouldn't we really rather see hot bodies in tight clothes than a sloppy looking trash look?

      I saw on Fox News where a kid got thrown out of highschool for skinny jeans. They looked like the jeans from the 1950's through 1970's.

      Yet, we see these kids with their drawers hanging out and the crotch between their knees!

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      9 years ago

      im a guy and i wear women's extra skinny jeans because they're incredabbly comfortable. does that make me gay?!

    • Beth100 profile image


      9 years ago from Canada

      Ah, now I want to go out and buy new skinnys! I haven't worn these since my youthful days, but my daughter is always pestering me to buy some (yes, she has them in the colors of the rainbow). Now, I have no excuses but to go and buy some since I have your great tips on accessorizing, buying and wearing them. Thanks for giving me reason to go out S-H-O-P-P-I-N-G tomorrow!!! lol Happy New Year (and an early Happy Chinese New Year)!!!

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      star - good for you! Glad to hear that and I love your confident attitude - kudos :)

      TS - each to their own. Not everyone likes skinny girls and as for guys - they do take some pulling off, I agree ;)

    • TheSituation profile image


      9 years ago sized skinny jeans....not sure what I think about that. Also, I have yet to see a guy who can pull that off and not look totally fem.

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      star kissed 

      9 years ago

      im a plus size girl and they say plus size girls shouldn't wear skinny jeans but i love them and they look great on me.

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      askjan - you're welcome and thanks for letting me know that something I've written is helpful to a youngling - that's really cool to know :)

      Thomas - lol nothing wrong with admiting that!

      lakshmi - you are most welcome :)

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      lakshmi priya 

      9 years ago

      i now got the guts to wear skinny jeeans ....THANKS FROGGY

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      Thomas Catmark 

      9 years ago

      I don't know is this politically correct but I must admit that skinny jeans can sometimes rule my world.

    • askjanbrass profile image


      9 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      my daughter loves this hub, it helps her decide what to wear in the morning. And we all know how much that helps a high school girl.

      thanks for sharing

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Motgagestar1 - camel toe is nasties :| It's never cool and I don't know why women don't realise that. Yuk. And good to know you've got a gorgeous girlfriend ;)

      And thankyou :)

    • Mortgagestar1 profile image


      9 years ago from Weirton,West Virginia

      I left Europe last summer and all the rage are tight jeans featuring "Camel Toe" look. This will make the mini skirts and Hot Pants of teh 1960's look tame. However, not everyone can pull off tight jeans. My girlfriend is ultra petite and shops at teen stores. Tough on a muture woman being 5'4" 100lbs and a 34C-22-32 figure. Women half her age gives her that " Whose that Bytch?" look. LOL

      Great Hub!

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      ethel - well, there's a whole lot of other types of clothing you can wear. And that's got to be better than the alternative. Which is no clothing at all ;)

      AIM - I'm 41 and wear them - and happily so. I think the trick is this: what you wear them with. I don't wear skin tight, midriff bearing tops for e.g. or anything that's tight, other than the jeans. I guess it's a confidence thing. Try some out, see how they look, before buying any :)

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      Army Infantry Mom 

      9 years ago

      And i thought the only way i could wear skinny jeans again would consist of me climbing into a time machine and head back to the eighties, when i had a killer bod, I really enjoyed this hub,.. think I might give them a try,..

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      Ethel Smith 

      9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Too fat and middle aged for skinny jeans these days lol.

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Hey Princessa :) Funny you should mention thigh high boots, I'm just on with a hub about them. I have a pair of long boots - just over the knee but thigh high? Woooooo I bet you long hot!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      9 years ago from France

      I love skinny jeans, I wear them with high heels to add extra length and all type of boots including thigh high boots.

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Jai - funny but for Christmas, I bought my middle son a pair of straight legged jeans - borderline skinny jeans. But ... he is just over 6ft, lean but well proportioned and has a pair of legs a woman would die for. And even though he took some convincing (even his older brother thought he looked pretty darn good) he started wearing them. And he is one of the few guys I've seen wearing slim fit anything that can carry it off.

      As for women and skinnys ... you do have to shop around. My two pair are both by Falmer, one black, one mid-blue. I tried on a fair few before I bought either. Both are a perfect fit and would you believe that the second pair only cost about $7.00?!

      And they're pretty easy to get on and off, if you buy the right size and fit. Though I have been privy to a friend or two snaking around the floor trying to part her legs from her denim ;)

      Thanks for a great comment :)

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      Jai Warren 

      9 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

      Hi frogdropping,

      I love the look of skinny jeans on women as long as they fit properly. Your tips are right on the money. As a fifty-something male the tightest I'll do is straight leg, even though I consider myself in good shape. Whenever I see a girl wearing a really tight pair of skinny jeans, I wonder how in the heck did they get those on? I get this hilarious mental image of the poor women wiggling around on the ground, tugging and pulling the jeans into place! LOL

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Hello there ladies :)

      Lily - I wish you an easy and happy route on your weight loss journey. No easy feat. And I look forward to hearing you've reached your target weight and bought a pair of skinny jeans - I love mine :)

      Hey there BP - how's the weather? Pretty dire here and I left a heap of snow in the UK. And now they've got a lot more, poor buggers! And I'm with you - me and my jeans are a match made in heaven. can't go anywhere without 'em ;)

      bing - hey :) Yup ... jeggings. Bought my daughter a pair in December. She looked great in them but I'll stick with denim :)

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      9 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      i never knew it is called 'jeggings'. nice tips especially about the length gathered at the ankle.

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      9 years ago from australia

      Hey there Froggy I am a lover of great jeans and this was a super hub!!!!!

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      Lily Rose 

      9 years ago from A Coast

      Great tips! I'm with you, Frog - I think skinny jeans on boys or men are just wrong, no matter how good a body they may have! I hope I may be able to dare to wear a pair once I get to my goal weight!

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Hey there wag :) An expensive lesson huh?! Kids *sighs* they're all the same, no matter where they're from. Been there, done that with mine on occasion. It's all good. One day they leave home and only come back when they want something.

      Damn lol! It's like they never left!

      And as for skinny jeans, I prefer them on women. I've seen the occasional guy wearing them and looking good but they're far more forgiving on a woman, in my opinion. I wear mine regular enough. Not sure if I look good in them but they're sure comfortable!

      And thankyou :)

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      Wag The Dog 

      9 years ago

      They make "skinny jeans" for boy's too. I have yet to see a pair on a boy, that looks good. My 12 yr. old son wanted a pair. We told him that he would not like them, but he insisted, so we bought them for him. He wore them once. Wasted $40 on that lesson. As for the women "skinny jeans," I have yet to see a pair that looks bad.

      Good job frogdropping, I rated this hub UP. Wag

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Emi - hey hey :) Happy new Year to you too! I wear skinnies and kick flares mostly. Mine are all rigid denim though - I prefer it. Plus they're old. I rarely buy jeans, I prefer old well worn ones and you only get that with rigid denim :)

    • emievil profile image


      9 years ago from Philippines

      Hey froggy. Happy New Year!

      I never wore skinny jeans, mainly because I never had skinny legs :). I usually wear straight jeans. But I really envy those women who can :).

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Dim - did it help?! Are you going to treat your legs to some cool, hip-hugging denim?! let me know lol ;)

      Justine - I wear mine with flats (long legged), ankle boots, Uggs and even knee boots on occasion. Like I said, I have two pair. I prefer the zipper ones - easier to get in and out of ;)

      Misha - well, you never know. I may one day whip out my camera and take a pic ;)

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      9 years ago from DC Area

      This hub is useless without pics of yourself wearing skinny jeans ;)

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      9 years ago

      I used to wear mine, the kind with ankle zpis, with “lay me down” boots.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      9 years ago from Great Britain

      That was fantastic. I haven't dared wear skinny jeans for years, because although my legs are thin , my middle-age spread isn't.! I ned to shop around. Great hub,. Thanks and congrats I see 100 Wow !


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