Skinny jeans are a classic—they occupy space in nearly every woman’s closet. And precisely because they are so versatile, they can sometimes feel uninspired. The key to avoiding this style conundrum is to recognize that some pieces pair better with skinnies than others. To help you update and elevate your beloveds, we’re showing you what to wear (and not to wear) to catapult them into fashion-girl territory. Score our picks ahead.
What To Wear (And Not To Wear) With Skinny Jeans
The combo of a tight-fitting tank and skinny jeans lacks polish and originality. Instead, play with proportion by pairing your denim with a stylish blouse with romantic sleeves.
Alexa Chung Floral-Jacquard Blouse
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Scattered Star Print Ruffle Top
Skinny jeans are an effortless choice for evening, but donning them with platform stilettos reads over the top and leaves nothing to the imagination. Go elegant with sleek pointed-toe pumps that lend height in a quieter fashion.
Sam Edelman Hazel Pointy Toe Pump
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Jimmy Choo Romy 100 Suede Pumps
Strappy cage shoes are too busy for skinnies and tend to cut you off at the ankle. Opt for equally head-turning footwear via slip-on flats in bold finishes or with cool embellishments.
Eve Pointy Toe Slingback Flat
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No. 21 Satin Sandals
A short jacket with tight jeans is a look that lacks proportion. Longer toppers, whether a flowy kimono or a structured coat, elongate and balance out the slim silhouette.
Floral Velvet Kimono
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Long Double-Faced Coat
There's nothing worse than when the hems of your skinnies bunch up, which often happens with ankle boots that start very low. Avoid the awkward scrunch or cuff with an of-the-moment mid-calf style into which you can tuck your jeans for a streamlined effect.
Gianvito Rossi Cecile Leather Ankle Boots
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Demibenatar Slouch Bootie