Denim Fashion: How to Wear Skinny Jeans

by Jaime on October 28, 2009

The Skinny is in. I know how much this might frustrate some of you, but there really are some amazing looks and cuts that can be as versatile as your go-to pair of flares. And, I doubt it’s going anywhere… not with all the great new styles coming out, and whole lines devoted solely to the making of skinnies.

One of my favorite styles is the Jamie Jean, seen above, from Anlo… and if I could just switch around the i and the m, we’d be in business.

Easier to wear than a pair of 70’s high-waisted bell-bottoms and sexier than a boyfriend cut, the skinny jean is a tighter, fitter version of the once-popular 50s sex kitten denim, and it looks better today than it ever has before… think Audrey Hepburn in her darling cigarette cuts. Maybe that’s why I love the slightly cropped skinny; all I can think of is Roman Holiday every time I put on a pair.

For the sake of disclosure, I’ll be honest… I was, personally, a bit hesitant to jump into a pair of skinny jeans for the first time (just as I was hesitant to wear leggings). They can be really fitted and make you feel a bit self-conscious. I didn’t buy my first pair until junior year of college (so, Winter 2007) because I just couldn’t believe that it was possible to wear the style and still be comfortable. But I love them… they look good tucked into sky high heeled boots, or with a pair of ballet flats (although, I recommend you save your darker denim for your heels. It’s a better nighttime look.) and, surprise, they can be really comfortable if you get the right size! The looser fitting skinny jeans (like AG’s Stilt and Earnest Sewn’s Harlan) usually incorporate a little spandex into their denim for stretch, while the tighter babies (like Ksubi’s “Spray On Skinny” or most Rich & Skinny jeans) blend their denim with polyester (yep, just like those 70’s bell-bottoms!) to offer that tighter, slimming fit. And brands like the affordable Cheap Monday and Blank Denim have gotten into the game, with pairs for less than $70 retail.

Are these jeans for everyone? No. They are, as the name describes, best for the thinner girl, but that doesn’t mean that women of all sizes can’t test out the trend. Brands like Paige Premium Denim offer styles like the Blue Heights Skinny that look good on virtually any figure. DL1961′s Slim Straight Leg is fabulous for this too. Even the dVb straight leg offers a Skinny-like cut for taller girls who want more than a peg style.

Need style ideas of what to wear with skinny jeans? Stay tuned.


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