Skinny jeans may be the most popular denim style, but the general consensus is that they're also the most difficult to wear and shop for. The fit and length generally need to be close to perfect, and because of their formfitting nature, they don't work with just any top or pair of shoes. That said, when you keep a few key styling and shopping rules in mind, we can guarantee that your future will be filled with flawless skinny-jean outfits.
In recent seasons, the stylish street style set has been stepping out in more straight-leg, cropped flare and other directional styles. Throughout the most recent fashion month, however, we were somewhat surprised to find that there was more skinny jean–wearing show attendees than usual. While we could speculate, we're thinking that the oversize blazers and slouchy boots that were everywhere (and happen to look the best with skinnies) may have had something to do with it. Whatever the reason, we seized the opportunity to reflect on what mistakes to avoid when it comes to skinny jeans.
Keep reading to find out the eight skinny-jean mistakes to give up once and for all, and then shop stylish pairs that will lead to many on-point outfits.
DON'T: Let a less-than-perfect fit elude you
DO: Throw on a cool belt
DON'T: Try to stuff them into too-tight boots
DO: Invest in the slouchy boot trend
DON'T: Get sloppy
DO: Add polish by tucking in a voluminous top
DON'T: Forgo cropped styles when wearing heels
DO: Elongate your legs by showing some ankle
DON'T: Opt for tight-fitting tops
DO: Play with oversized proportions
DON'T: Choose boring outerwear
DO: Show your personality with a cool coat
DON'T: Only wear them with a T-shirt
DO: Think outside the box in terms of layering
DON'T: Let skinny jeans bunch at the ankles
DO: Choose skinnies that skim the tops of your ankle boots
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