The best skinny jeans for women that will forever be on trend

Comfy and flattering, the best skinny jeans for women will never go out of style

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Our best skinny jeans have seen us through the decades. The skinny has reigned supreme in the denim world since the early noughties, earning legions of fans, from celebrities to stylists.

But when it comes to the best jeans nowadays, other styles such as mom jeans and straight-leg jeans have gained momentum, and some fashion pros would have you believe this figure-hugging style should no longer be a go-to. We, however, strongly disagree and think the best skinny jeans still deserve a spot in our capsule wardrobe.

For starters, skinny jeans are incredibly flattering on all shapes and sizes and definitely one of the most slimming jeans styles. Fashion technology has come a long way and many styles offer to lift, shape and flatter our curves for a super smooth silhouette that doesn’t compromise on comfort.

Skinny jeans are also great for tucking into boots thanks to their skin-tight leg. Styling is key, to avoid skinnies looking dated. So if you want to refresh your denim, pair with more trend-led pieces such as puff sleeve blouses and oversized blazers. Don’t be afraid to play with the proportions and balance out snug skinnies with looser styles on top.

Skinny jeans are also easy to dress up. Dark washes look particularly smart and if you go for a cropped high-rise fit they can have some serious leg-lengthening powers, especially when teamed with some killer heels. Hopefully, we’ve convinced you skinny jeans are not dead but are very much alive and kicking in our wardrobe rotation. 

Best skinny jeans for women that won't ever go out of style

Gap Sky High Rise True Skinny Jeans with Secret Smoothing Pockets

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1. Gap Sky High Rise True Skinny Jeans with Secret Smoothing Pockets

Specifications
Sizes: 6-20
Material: 81% Cotton, 13% Recycled Cotton, 4% Elasterrell, 2% Elastane
Care: Machine Wash
Reasons to buy
+Super high rise+Smoothing technology
Reasons to avoid
-May be tight at first

These Gap jeans are seriously flattering. The high waist cinches you in at the middle and it has secret smoothing pockets to help streamline your silhouette. We love the dark indigo wash for a classic finish that will go with everything. The skinny fit is tight, but not too snug, eventually moulding to your shape and remaining comfy for all-day wear. As an added bonus, they are crafted using part recycled cotton and made using 20% less water than conventional methods.

Levi’s 721 High Rise Skinny Jeans

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2. Levi’s 721 High Rise Skinny Jeans

Specifications
Sizes: 23W-32W, 28L-34L
Material: 97% Cotton, 3% Elastane
Care: Machine Wash Cold
Reasons to buy
+Decent quality and fit+Long-lasting
Reasons to avoid
-More expensive

Dubbed ‘the ultimate waist-defining fit’ these jeans do exactly that, smoothing your middle and hugging your curves for a comfy and flattering look. Levi’s are real pros when it comes to crafting good quality denim that stands the test of time and this light indigo wash gets our vote for that vintage aesthetic that will last for years to come.

Zara ZW Premium Skinny Jeans

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3. Zara ZW Premium Skinny Jeans

Specifications
Sizes: 6-16
Material: 99% Cotton, 1% Elastane
Care: Machine Wash
Reasons to buy
+Trendy asymmetric hem+Budget-friendly
Reasons to avoid
-Limited sizing

This pair from Zara gives the classic skinny fit a new spin, with distressed detailing and asymmetric hems for a raw, unfinished look. They have a mid-rise waist and a faded finish for a cool, retro aesthetic. A fashion-forward pair that’s budget friendly, these are a decent everyday jean. Offset the casual finish with a pair of barely-there sandals and a silky blouse for a dressier vibe.

H&M x Lee Skinny Ultra-High Waist Jeans

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4. Lee x H&M Skinny Ultra-High Waist Jeans

Specifications
Sizes: 4-22
Material: 95% Recycled Cotton, 3% Elastomultiester, 2% Elastane
Reasons to buy
+Sustainable+Flattering high waist
Reasons to avoid
-Only two different washes

High street legends H&M have teamed up with denim experts Lee to create a stellar jean collection that uses recycled materials and is manufactured in an energy-saving and water-efficient way. So it’s definitely got you covered when it comes to sustainability. This skinny pair has an extra-high waist and features the Lee logo on the back. High-quality denim at a high-street price, you can't go wrong.

7 for all Mankind HW Skinny Crop Slim Illusion Necessity

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5. 7 for all Mankind HW Skinny Crop Slim Illusion Necessity

Specifications
Sizes: 23W-32W
Material: 91% Cotton, 6% Polyester, 3% Elastane
Reasons to buy
+Long-lasting+Cropped finish
Reasons to avoid
-High-end price-Limited sizing

If you’re after something a bit more premium, then 7 For All Mankind is a brand that really delivers. We love this cropped finish pair, a good choice for petites. They have a flattering high waist to help lengthen your legs and a super stretch fabric to mould to your shape. Make the most of the cropped finish and dress up with a fancy heel.

M&S Ivy Skinny Jeans

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6. M&S Ivy Skinny Jeans

Specifications
Sizes: 6-22
Material: 81% Cotton, 17% Polyester, 2% Elastane
Care: Machine wash at 40°C
Reasons to buy
+Good value for money+Super comfy
Reasons to avoid
-Can come up big

Everyone needs a pair of black jeans in their capsule wardrobe and this pair gets our vote. Made from super soft cotton with a hint of stretch they are just as comfortable as your best leggings. A high waist with an ankle-grazer finish, they help lengthen legs too. We’re not the only fans – these jeans have rave reviews from customers too for their fit and quality.

Hush Erin Skinny Jeans

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7. Hush Erin Skinny Jeans

Specifications
Sizes: 6-16
Material: 82% Cotton, 16% Polyester, 2% Elastane
Care: Machine Wash at 30°C
Reasons to buy
+Flattering ankle length+Looser leg
Reasons to avoid
-Limited sizing

If you like your skinnies not too snug, then this pair from Hush is a great choice. Just a hint of stretch and a slightly looser ankle-grazing length, they are slightly more forgiving and don’t dig in like some skin-tight jeans. We love the faded grey shade for a spring switch-up. Nail your off-duty get-up and team with a slouchy tee and box-fresh trainers for a laid-back look.

Mint Velvet Denver Beige Coated Jeans

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8. Mint Velvet Denver Beige Coated Jeans

Specifications
Sizes: 6-18
Material: 98% Cotton, 2% Elastane
Reasons to buy
+Smarter style+Spring-ready shade
Reasons to avoid
-More pricey

For a smarter take on denim, opt for this coated style. The high-shine finish gives them a fancier edge, perfect for dressing up. We love this beige hue, a fresh update for spring and an easier shade to style than bold white. The exposed zips add a cool biker feel too. Keep it neutral and pair with warm camel and coffee shades for a chic and polished look.

New Look Blue Light Wash ‘Lift & Shape’ Jenna Skinny Jeans

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9. New Look Blue Light Wash ‘Lift & Shape’ Jenna Skinny Jeans

Specifications
Sizes: 6-18
Material: 91% Cotton, 7% Polyester, 2% Elastane
Care: Machine Wash
Reasons to buy
+Budget-friendly+High stretch+Sculpting seams
Reasons to avoid
-Might not last as long

New Look’s denim collection is definitely worth considering, and this is a budget-friendly pair that still delivers. Ticking all the boxes, these skinnies have a high stretch and sit just above the waist with sculpting seams to help lift and smooth your silhouette. They’re also part of New Look's Kind range which uses less water during manufacturing, ticking the eco-friendly box too. A decent everyday jean you won’t regret buying.

Wrangler Skinny Jeans in Water Blue

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10. Wrangler Skinny Jeans

Specifications
Sizes: 24W-34W, 30L-34L
Material: 92% Cotton, 6% Elastomultiester 2%, Elastane
Care: Not specified by brand
Reasons to buy
+Long-lasting+Decent fit
Reasons to avoid
-More pricey

These classic stonewash jeans have a worn-in look for that retro touch. A snug fit with a regular waist, finishing at the ankle. They have the iconic Wrangler label on the back and are crafted using environmentally responsible fabric. A simple daytime jean, give them a 90s feel and team with a pair of high tops and a sweater for a sporty get-up.

Dannii Minogue High Waisted Slim Fit Jeans Petite

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11. Dannii Minogue High Waisted Slim Fit Jeans Petite

Specifications
Sizes: 8-22
Material: 60% cotton, 34% polyester, 4% elastane, 2% viscose
Care: Machine washable at 30°C
Reasons to buy
+Inclusive sizing+Suitable for petites
Reasons to avoid
-Come up a little big around the waist

Shopping for great fitting jeans becomes even trickier when you're petite, which is why  5'2" Dannii Minogue has created a whole collection dedicated to helping you find the perfect pair.  Crafted from a high-quality, super-stretchy denim blend, this dark indigo pair are set to become a staple in your everyday wardrobe.

Guess Super Stretch Skinny Fit Pant

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Guess Super Stretch Skinny Fit Pant

Specifications
Sizes: 24-34
Material: 52% Lyocell, 36% Cotton, 9% Elastomultiester, 3% Elastane
Care: Machine washable at 30°C
Reasons to buy
+Comfortable cotton lining +Super stretchy
Reasons to avoid
-Won't go with everything

Put a spring into your denim collection all year round with the addition of a pretty pastel pair. To let the colour take centre-stage, team with muted colours like white, grey and beige. 

Charlie Bell

Charlie is the Acting Deputy Fashion Editor across multiple women’s magazines and also a freelance fashion, beauty and lifestyle editor. 


She bagged her first magazine job in 2009 and has previously written for titles including Woman & Home, Closer and Dare. Over the years Charlie has embraced anything that was thrown at her from styling celebrities to testing out the best jeans on the high street to writing about must-have beauty buys. 


With a weakness for a printed midi dress, Charlie is on a mission to shop more sustainably and loves finding new ethical brands and second-hand buys. You can follow her on Instagram @fashionabell_