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How To Find The Perfect Skinny Jeans

Finding the perfect pair of skinny jeans among the millions to choose from is overwhelming. Knowing the difference between the fits, finding the perfect stretch content, the correct rise height, and leg length as well as finding a nice wash is a lot to do.

Skinny jeans have many more question marks than your average jeans. Like, are these too skinny? In 2018, do people even wear skinny jeans? What brands work for my figure?
This article will be your guide, answering those questions while helping you find the perfect pair of skinny jeans.

Ready? Let’s go!

2018’s Non basic skinny jeans

Moussy Vintage Marshall Boy Skinny Jeans in Blue. Ripped detailing, leather patch at back, fading,, cropped skinny jean. Button fly.  Made in Japan

Moussy Vintage Marshall Boy Skinny Jeans in Blue

Moussy Vintage Marshall Boy Skinny Jeans in Blue | $350.00

Moussy Vintage Isabel High Rise Tapered Skinny Jeans in Blue. Ankle length, skinny silhouette, button fly, leather back tag jeans.

Moussy Vintage Isabel High Rise Tapered Skinny Jeans in Blue

Moussy Vintage Isabel High Rise Tapered Skinny Jeans in Blue | $350.00

3x1 W3 Skinny Crop in Dale. a high rise waist, laser destructed hem, and gunmetal hardware. The Dale wash is a dark blue with authentic lap fades and hand sanding for a particularly worn in look.

3×1 W3 Skinny Crop in Dale

3×1 W3 Skinny Crop in Dale | $265.00

3x1 W3 Straight Authentic Crop Skinny. features a high rise and a slim straight leg. Features a cropped inseam with a frayed hem.

3×1 W3 Straight Authentic Crop Skinny

3×1 W3 Straight Authentic Crop Skinny | $137.50 (SALE, was $275.00)

Frame Le High Skinny Asymmetrical Raw Triangle Hem. Classic 70s Inspired High-Rise Jean With A Contemporary Skinny Silhouette In A Charcoal Wash

Frame Le High Skinny Asymmetrical Raw Triangle Hem in Quinby

Frame Le High Skinny Asymmetrical Raw Triangle Hem in Quinby | $235.00

High Waisted Looker Ankle Chew in Dancing the Hula.  a pair of high waisted jeans  chewed to perfection. A rainbow print on the back pocket is cute to boot. Made in Los Angeles.

High Waisted Looker Ankle Chew in Dancing the Hula

, High Waisted Looker Ankle Chew in Dancing the Hula | $238.00

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Rachel Comes Dock Pants in Dirty White . White denim, trouser styling, button fly, slant from pockets, made in the USA

Rachel Comes Dock Pants in Dirty White

, Rachel Comes Dock Pants in Dirty White | $345.00

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Levi's 501 Skinny Jeans in Old Hangouts. Classic Levi's 501 jeans in a shredded, faded wash. 5-pocket styling. Button fly.

Levi’s 501 Skinny Jeans in Old Hangouts

, Levi’s 501 Skinny Jeans in Old Hangouts

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stretch denim frayed holes at knees, distressed, skinny silhouette, button at waist, hidden zip at fly.

The Stiletto Jeans in 2 Year Destroy Stretch

, The Stiletto Jeans in 2 Year Destroy Stretch

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L'AGENCE HIghline High Rise Skinny in Classic Vintage. Stretch denim, distressed, skinny silhouette, cropped, made in USA

L’AGENCE HIghline High Rise Skinny in Classic Vintage

, L’AGENCE HIghline High Rise Skinny in Classic Vintage

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Frame Le High Skinny Lace Up Side Seams in Fulton. Stretch denim, distressed, skinny silhouette, cropped, made in USA. lace-up detailing

Frame Le High Skinny Lace Up Side Seams in Fulton

, Frame Le High Skinny Lace Up Side Seams in Fulton

Skinny Jeans for Different Body Shapes And Sizes

Don’t be put off in thinking if you have fuller hips or a curvier figure that they wont work for you, because when styled right, they definitely will. I’ve seen all different shapes and sizes in skinny jeans and when worn with the correct clothes to balance out the proportions, they look amazing. Everyone can wear skinny jeans, it just completely depends on the way you style them.

 Kourtney Kardashian in R13  skinny jeans

Kourtney Kardashian in R13 skinny jeans

How Wear Skinnies for Curves and Hips

If you do have a curvier body shape, wearing skinny jeans tucked into mid-calf/knee high boots will balance out the lower leg portion, while wearing a longer shirt or tunic that hits just below the butt will flatter the top half.

👍 Rule of Thumb Think balance, so compliment skinny jeans a top that flatters your figure.

Best Skinny Jeans - Levi's JBrand and Joe's Jeans


Best Skinny Jeans – Levi’s JBrand and Joe’s Jeans

If you have fuller hips, then wearing the skinny jeans tucked into boots again will balance out the hip to lower leg ratio, but on top you can wear something that’s wider on the shoulders like a blazer with shoulder pads to keep the proportions correct.

Best Jeans

711 Skinny Jeans from Levi’s

Maria by J Brand

The Honey by Joe’s Jeans

How To Wear Skinny Jeans for a Petite Frame

If you are petite then wearing a skinny jean with a high rise, pump style heels and a shirt/blouse tucked in at the waist can really elongate your legs for a more dressier look. For casual, I recommend a low rise skinny jean that’s super skinny all over.

Definitely stay away from mid rises. Unless you wear a long top that hits at the front pockets, this particular height in rise is not very flattering. It can make you look shorter.

👍 Rule of Thumb Stay away from mid rises – they can make you look shorter.

Grlfrnd Jeans | Rag and Bone


Grlfrnd Jeans | Rag and Bone

Best Jeans for a Petite Frame

GRLFRND Kendall Jenner Super Stretch

Capri by Rag and Bone

How To Wear Skinny Jeans for Slim and Straight Figures

If you have a straighter figure, more so what they call the boyish shape or fashion model style, I would say that a low rise can be very flattering.

👍 Rule of Thumb Having the jeans super skinny and tailored at the calves and ankles creates the illusion of a smaller lower leg area, making the hip area wider to the eye.

Skinny Jeans


All Saints + Top Shop Jeans

Just as a note, I find that also boyfriend jeans work the best on this shape, but I know this is a skinny jeans post so I wont get into that!

Best Jeans

All Saint’s Mast Skinny Jeans

Top Shop’s Leigh Jeans

How To Wear Skinny Jeans if You Are Tall

For the taller ladies, they are very lucky as they can pretty much get away with just about any skinny jean on the market, but the ones I would be more inclined to recommend would be mid to higher rises as they are most flattering.

If you have long legs and are conscious of their length though, you could try a lower rise jean with a top that skims at the waist band so it doesn’t make your legs lengthier – then pair them with flats.

👍 Rule of Thumb

Best Skinny Jeans for Tall Frame


Frame | Top Shop

Best Jeans for Long Legs

Frame Forever Karlie Skinny

Top Shop’s Rich Blue Jamie

FAQ Filling in The Blanks on Skinny Jeans

Of all the topics we’ve covered on DenimBlog, Skinny Jeans are one of the most asked about. Below, I’ve taken some of the most frequent questions and give you a little insight.

 Gigi Hadid in Citizens of Humanity

Gigi Hadid in Citizens of Humanity

How Should Skinny Jeans Fit?

An age-old question that has as much to do with style as anything else, but I’ve come up with three rules that should show you the light.

  • 1. High waist is usually a better bet, since it eliminates muffin top, keeps you hips looking trim, and avoids any unsightliness that comes from bending over in low rise jeans.
  • 2. Too tight is a disaster for doing anything other than looking chic. If you know you are going to be moving around in your jeans, test out how well you can do so before buying.
  • 3. Size down not up. Skinny jeans are normally made from more elastic material than traditional jeans, and as such tends to stretch out over time. This of course depends on brand, but women tends to want to size up with skinny jeans, where the savvier shoppers know to size down. Sometimes sticking with your size is the best, so please exercise this tip with caution.
  •  Short Skinny Jeans on Jessica Alba

    Short Skinny Jeans on Jessica Alba

    How Should Skinny Jeans Fit at The Ankle

    This is definitely a point of controversy. I’ll give you the two majority opinions.

  • 1. Above the ankle – this is something you will definitely see out in the wild. I’ve heard, seen, and actually done a trim of the bottom of my skinny jeans, leaving a frayed hem. It’s a good look if you have thinner legs, since shorter pants can make your legs appear shorter than they are.
  • 2. At the ankle – perhaps a more traditional look, most skinny jeans will sit right at the ankle. This is a more conservative look (whereas exposed ankle can look a little informal) so better in a work environment.
  • Skinny Jeans Cut Information

    Jeggings Skin tight and very stretchy skinny jeans, almost like leggings but made of denim, hence the name Jeggings (Jean Leggings).

    10″ Ankle Peg Super skinny jean with a 10 inch leg opening that hits at the ankle without stacking/bunching. Usually with an inseam of around 28 inches.

    12″ Skinny The most common of them all. A skinny jean with a 12 inch leg opening. Usually with an inseam of 32-36 inches, depending on the brand.

    Pencil Leg This is very similar to the 12″ Skinny, if not the same. It has the look of a pencil which is slim all the way down and slightly tapered at the ankle.

    Cigarette Leg I will include this one as like I mentioned above, some body shapes can wear them as skinnies. A Cigarette leg is slim and completely straight all the way down. Usually with a 14 inch leg opening.

    Carrot Leg I am including this one as well as it is a skinny jean, but of the boyfriend variety. It’s exactly like the shape of a carrot. It features a dropped crotch and loose thighs, but tight and skinny at the calves.

    Rise Information

    Super Low Rise 6 inches and below

    Low Rise 6 – 7 inches

    Mid Rise 7 – 8 inches.

    High Rise 8 – 10 inches

    Super High Rise 10 inches and above

    Wrapping Up on The Best Skinny Jeans

    Remember to buy your skinny jeans quite tight to begin with as they will stretch out with wear and can become quite loose and don’t be afraid to size down or up if you need to, every brand fits and runs differently and sizing can vary!
    Have a suggestion? Email me at editor@denimblog.com