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 for all shapes and sizes and are 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.

How to wear skinny jeans

Skinny jeans are great for tucking into boots thanks to their skin-tight leg, but styling is key, to avoid skinnies looking dated. If you want to refresh your denim, pair them 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 

It's time to invest in the perfect pair of skinnies. After all, they are loved by women everywhere! Celebrity and editorial stylist Miranda Holder has worked with the likes of Little Mix and Boy George, and as an expert in the industry she told us "skinny jeans will never be out of fashion or off-trend".


Marks and Spencer Ivy Skinny Jeans

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1. M&S Ivy Skinny Jeans

Specifications

Sizes: US: 2-16 / UK:6-20
Price: $32.50/£19.50
Material: 81% Cotton, 17% Polyester, 2% Elastane
Care: Machine wash (at 40°C)

Reasons to buy

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Good value for money
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Super comfy
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Five leg lengths to choose from

Reasons to avoid

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Can come up big

Everyone needs a pair of great skinny jeans in their closet, and this M&S pair in six different colors 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 helps lengthen legs, too. And to make this pair fit even better, there are five different leg lengths to choose from. We’re not the only fans—these jeans have rave reviews from customers too for their fit and quality.


Ralph Lauren High-Rise Skinny Ankle Jean

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2. Ralph Lauren High-Rise Skinny Ankle Jean

Specifications

Sizes: UK: 18-26
Price: £119
Material: Cotton, polyester, elastane
Care: Machine wash

Reasons to buy

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Classic, everyday denim shade
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Great plus-size jeans
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Easy to style across all seasons

Reasons to avoid

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Nothing, we love these!

These High-Rise Skinny Ankle jeans from Ralph Lauren are incredibly chic and classic, and one of the best jeans for curvy women with a skinny fit. They sit just above the natural waist for a super high fit that is so flattering on so many figures—the fit is slim through the hip and thigh, and then they turn skinny and trail down the legs. These jeans look great with floaty blouses in light colors like pastel pink, cream, or white. Pair with a camel coat and Chelsea boot for a winter-through-to-spring outfit.


Gap High Rise True Skinny Jeans in Green Camo

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3. Gap High Rise True Skinny Jeans in Green Camo

Specifications

Sizes: 24"–33" waist
Price: $79.95/£54.95
Material: 80% Cotton, 18% Rayon, 2% Elastane
Care: Machine wash

Reasons to buy

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On-trend camouflage print
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Washwell technology
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Comfy and soft

Reasons to avoid

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Pattern not for everybody
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Limited size range

These Gap High Rise True Skinny Jeans in a gorgeous green camouflage print are perfect for any season thanks to the super versatile print and color combination. Although camouflage is a trend that comes and goes when it pleases, it's such a neutral print that it can be worn time and again regardless of the current fashion trends. Wear with a black sweater and sneakers for a super chic look that can be worn for an array of different errands. 


River Island Blue Molly Mid Rise Bum Sculpt Skinny Jeans

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4. River Island Molly Mid Rise Bum Sculpt Skinny Jeans

Specifications

Sizes: US: 4-16 / UK: 6-18
Price: $62/£46
Material: 92% Cotton, 2% Elastane, 6% Polyester
Care: Machine wash

Reasons to buy

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On-trend blue wash
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Super stretchy
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Bum sculpting fit

Reasons to avoid

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Sells out quickly (but restocks often)

These stunning blue wash jeans contain a substantial amount of elastane making them incredibly stretchy. A hit among so many, these jeans are super comfy and so flattering, too. These skinnies are the perfect staple pair of jeans to have in your closet all year through and can be worn day in day out. They also feature bum sculpting technology to make for the perfect fit for all body shapes.

Fashion expert Miranda Holder says, "A great pair of skinny jeans can be considered a ‘neutral wardrobe staple’, meaning, you could wear the same pair over and over for five days on the trot (paired with different tops) and absolutely no one would bat an eyelid."


Mint Velvet Denver Beige Coated Jeans

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5. Mint Velvet Denver Beige Coated Jeans

Specifications

Sizes: US: 4–16 | UK: 6–18
RRP: $145/£89
Material: 98% Cotton, 2% Elastane
Care: Machine wash

Reasons to buy

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Smarter style
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Versatile color 
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Great for the office

Reasons to avoid

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Can be difficult to get on

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 on denim, and an easier shade to style than bright white. The exposed zips add a cool biker feel too. Keep it neutral and pair them with warm camel and coffee shades for a chic top-to-toe tonal look. 


Diesel Blue Slandy 009QS Skinny Jeans

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6. Diesel Blue Slandy 009QS Skinny Jeans

Specifications

Sizes: 23"–34" waist
Price: $195/£45
Material: 78% Cotton, 18% Modal, 3% Polyester, 1%Elastane-Spandex
Care: Machine wash

Reasons to buy

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Two-tone wash
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Mid-high rise

Reasons to avoid

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Not size inclusive

A longstanding favorite when it comes to high-quality denim, Diesel is a go-to for the best skinny jeans to don when styling up more laid-back outfits. Wear with a simple white cami in the summer or throw on a great shirt when meeting friends for a dinner party. Jeans really are the ultimate staple, and these are perfect for those looking for luxury and longevity.


7 For All Mankind THE SKINNY SLIM ILLUSION LUXE MISTERY

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7. 7 For All Mankind THE SKINNY SLIM ILLUSION LUXE MISTERY

Specifications

Sizes: 23"–32" waist
Price: £200
Material: 58% Cotton, 20% Viscose, 14% Modal, 7% Polyester, 1% Elastane
Care: Machine wash

Reasons to buy

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Super skinny with lots to stretch
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Luxe material
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Versatile color
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Made to last

Reasons to avoid

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Limited sizing available
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Expensive

Sleek and ankle-skimming, these skinnies create the classic silhouette that we all know and love, which is usually only achieved by the best skinny jeans. The universally flattering fit means these grey-hued jeans will work well for almost every figure. They are crafted from Slim Illusion Luxe denim—which is the softest super stretch denim in 7 For All Mankind's collection. 

Wear with a black blouse and heels for the ultimate classic outfit, or throw on a sparkly top for a party-ready look. Slightly pricey, Amanda told us that we should be investing in staple pieces; "Buy less but buy better, sourcing a premium denim with a good elastane ratio and high-quality hardware will be a far better investment in the long run."


R13 leopard-print skinny jeans

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8. R13 leopard-print skinny jeans

Specifications

Sizes: 24"–29" waist
Price: $576/£479
Material: Cotton 98%, Spandex/Elastane 2%
Care: Machine wash

Reasons to buy

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Made to last
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Fun print
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Great for all seasons

Reasons to avoid

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Not size inclusive
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Pricey

Who doesn't love a bit of leopard print? Well, if you don't, then you probably won't like these skinny jeans. But honestly, leopard-print is one of the most popular prints out there at the moment, and these super versatile skinnies can be worn with so many things already in your closet. If you're leopard-print mad like we are, then team these jeans with a plain black roll neck top, black trainers, or Chelsea boots, and throw on a sumptuous faux fur coat for the perfect animal-obsessed look. Sure they're an investment buy, but with multiple outfit opportunities, you'll be able to wear them on repeat. 


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 (UK only)
Price: $35/£25.99
Material: 91% Cotton, 7% Polyester, 2% Elastane
Care: Machine wash

Reasons to buy

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Budget-friendly
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High stretch
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Sculpting seams

Reasons to avoid

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Might not last as long
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Not available in the US

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 great 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 sustainable fashion box too. A decent everyday jean you won’t regret buying.


River Island Skinny Brown Coated Molly Jeans

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10. River Island Skinny Brown Coated Molly Jeans

Specifications

Sizes: US: 4-16 / UK: 6-18
Price: £46
Material: 3% Elastane, 20% Nylon (polyamide), 77% Viscose
Care: Machine wash

Reasons to buy

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Great for the winter months
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Super sleek and sophisticated

Reasons to avoid

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Can be difficult to get on
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Not great for curvy figures

These brown-coated jeans might be a little tricky to pull up, but they are well worth the effort. Brown jeans are a real staple, albeit underrated because they're seen as tricky to style—but if you're bold with your fashion choices, they wont limit you at all. Brown jeans can be worn from season to season, with just a small tweak that brings them into the current climate and trends. Wear with bright colors like mustard or pink if you're looking to make a real impact.


Wrangler Skinny Jeans

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11. Wrangler Skinny Jeans

Specifications

Sizes: 24W-34W, 30L-34L
Price: $101/£75
Material: 92% Cotton, 6% Elastomultiester 2%, Elastane
Care: Not specified by brand

Reasons to buy

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Long-lasting
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Decent fit

Reasons to avoid

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More pricey

These classic stonewash jeans have a worn-in look for that retro touch. A snug fit with a regular waist and ankle-grazing finish, they're a great staple style. Featuring the iconic Wrangler label on the back they are crafted using environmentally responsible fabric. A simple daytime jean, embrace the '90s feel and team with a pair of high tops and a sweater for a sporty get-up.


White Stuff AMELIA SKINNY JEAN

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12. White Stuff Amelia Skinny Jeans

Specifications

Sizes: US: 4–20 | UK: 6–22
Price: $74/.50/£49
Material: 82% Cotton, 16% Polyester, 2% Elastane
Care: Machine wash

Reasons to buy

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Block colors are perfect for autumn/winter
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Size inclusive up to a US 20/UK 22
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Skinny fit

Reasons to avoid

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Nothing! We love these!

Skinny jeans in a block color are such a great staple, and even better when they contain sustainable material. Luckily for us all, these block color jeans have a classic skinny fit with added stretch and are made from recycled cotton, and sustainable hardware too. We love the berry-hued jeans for colder months, paired with a chunky knit and one of the best cozy, comfy winter boots.


Dannii Minogue High Waisted Slim Fit Jeans Petite

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13. Dannii Minogue High Waisted Slim Fit Jeans Petite

Specifications

Sizes: 8-22 (UK only)
Price: £45
Material: 60% cotton, 34% polyester, 4% elastane, 2% viscose
Care: Machine wash (at 30°C)

Reasons to buy

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Inclusive sizing
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Suitable for petites
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Flattering

Reasons to avoid

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Come up a little big around the waist
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Not available in the US

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, these dark indigo pair are set to become a staple in your everyday wardrobe.


New Look Curves Black Leather-Look 'Lift & Shape' Yazmin Skinny Jeans

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14. New Look Curves Black Leather-Look 'Lift & Shape' Yazmin Skinny Jeans

Specifications

Sizes: 20–32 (not available in the US0
Price: £29.99
Material: 68% Cotton, 27% Recycled Polyester, 3% Viscose, 2% Elastane
Care: Machine wash

Reasons to buy

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Size inclusive
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Super flattering
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Easy to wear

Reasons to avoid

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Won't last as long
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Not available in the US

Perfect for curves, these black leather-look jeans will leave you looking and feeling your best. With a corset-style high waist, sculpting seams, and a skinny fit—what's not to love? Great for apple, pear, and hourglass-shaped bodies (don't worry, New Look has amazing straight-sized alternatives too), simply style with a slightly cropped top or sweater, throw on some white trainers and a cozy jacket and you're good to go.


G-Star Raw LYNN MID WAIST SKINNY JEANS

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15. G-Star Raw LYNN MID WAIST SKINNY JEANS

Specifications

Sizes: 22"–36" waist
Price: $170/£95
Material: 92% Cotton, 6% Polybutylene Terephthalat, 2% Elastane
Care: Machine wash

Reasons to buy

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Flattering wash placement
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Easy-to-style color 
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Great for all seasons

Reasons to avoid

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Mid waist not great for curvier figures

Fashion expert Amanda told us urges us to, "Remember that lighter colors highlight and bring forwards, and darker colors diminish and push back, so if there is a wash on the jeans, pay attention to the placement of this." And that is exactly why we love the placement of the wash on these G-Star Raw jeans. With a flattering light through to dark wash, these jeans are cut from super stretchy fabric to ensure they fit and flatter. Keep them chic by styling with one of the best blazers, a good-quality T-shirt and heeled ankle boots. 


Topshop Panelled Jamie Jeans

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16. Topshop Panelled Jamie Jeans

Specifications

Sizes: Waist 24-32" Length 30-34"
Price: $104/£55.99
Material: 100% Cotton
Care: Machine wash

Reasons to buy

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High waisted fit
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Flattering panel design
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Topshop classic

Reasons to avoid

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Sizing could be extended

Topshop was an integral part of the great British high street for years. No longer with any real life stores, the love for the brand continues now they're on Asos. As a destination for great denim, we're so happy it has continued to make some of the most iconic styles everyone loves. The 'Jamie' cut is one of the most popular, and now there's a panelled version with two-tone denim that's instantly flattering and stylish in equal measures. Try pairing them with a striped jumper (opens in new tab) and sleek ankle boots for a look that'll never fail. 


H&M Shaping Skinny Regular Jeans

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17. H&M Shaping Skinny Regular Jeans

Specifications

Sizes: US: 0-18 / UK: 4-22
Price: $39.99/£39.99
Material: Cotton 65%, Polyamide 31%, Elastane 4%
Care: Machine washable

Reasons to buy

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Made from recycled materials
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Stretch, flattering fit
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Afordable

Reasons to avoid

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Only one length

A high street hero, H&M has amazing regular, plus and maternity jeans ready to be worn again and again. With most made from sustainable materials (including this pair), it makes for a guilt-free jeans shop. We love this shaping pair—created to keep its shape while also holding and shaping the waist, thighs and bum. A favorite for all shapes, sizes and styles, it's no surprise H&M have made these in seven different colorways to pick from. 


All Saints Miller Mid-Rise Size Me Skinny Jeans

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18. All Saints Miller Mid-Rise Size Me Skinny Jeans

Specifications

Sizes: S-L
Price: $155/£99
Material: 91% cotton, 5% polyester, 4% elastane
Care: Machine wash inside out

Reasons to buy

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Ultra stretch denim
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Mid-rise fit
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Shape to your body

Reasons to avoid

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Not many sizes

All Saints are so sure about the 'Size Me' skinny jeans having great stretch, there's only three sizes to pick from. The denim with added elasticity to smooth effortlessly over different bodies is a winner all round. And in a timeless blue hue, no doubt you'll be able to style these with everything from a cashmere sweater and boots for weekend to a white shirt for work. 


How to pick the best skinny jeans for you

There's no doubt about it, jeans shopping can be daunting. With each brand differing in size, and each individual jean differing in shape, fit, and design, it can be tricky to know which pair to pick. If you're shopping IRL, it can be easier to try each pair on and decide for yourself which pair of skinny jeans suits you the most. But when it comes to online, it can be difficult to know how they will look on you, as everybody is different. 

To make it easier, a tip is to look out for the product descriptions and see which size the model is wearing. This way you can attempt to see how it may look on you. It's also a good idea to look at her height description so you can see how long they may be, too. 

For some more tips on how to find the best pair of skinny jeans, Miranda Holder has some great industry tricks to rely on to make jeans shopping online, successful, stress-free, and as stylish as possible. 

How to buy the best skinny jeans, according to a fashion expert

Fashion expert Miranda Holder (opens in new tab) gave us some great takeaway tips, perfect to consider while splurging on denim and investing in the best skinny jeans. 

1. Look out for a curved waistband that is higher at the back and lower at the front, which will lift your bum and pull in your tummy. 

2. If the side seam on the outer thigh is slightly positioned to the front, it will improve the overall leg profile, the yoke at the back should have a nice deep V shape, and you want large-ish pockets that are positioned fairly high up for the perkiest rear

3. Buy less but buy better! Sourcing premium denim with a good elastane ratio and high-quality hardware will be a far better investment in the long run. 

4. When you get your jeans home, wash at a cold temperature and dry cold to get the maximum life out of your denim.