5 Pieces Not To Wear With Skinny Jeans

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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.

Gala Gonzalez in Louis Vuitton. Photo: Getty Images.

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

$365

Net-A-Porter

Shop Voluminous-Sleeved Tops

Scattered Star Print Ruffle Top

$375

Rebecca Taylor

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

$120

Nordstrom

Shop Simple Pumps

Jimmy Choo Romy 100 Suede Pumps

$595

Net-A-Porter

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

$325

Loeffler Randall

Shop Statement Flats

No. 21 Satin Sandals

$1,195

Shopbop

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

$100

Zara

Shop Longline Toppers

Long Double-Faced Coat

$720

Maje

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

$1,295

Barneys

Shop Tall Boots

Demibenatar Slouch Bootie

$575

Stuart Weitzman