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 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 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! Amanda also told us that despite what the designers bring to us each season "they will never be out of fashion or off-trend".


M&S Ivy Skinny Jeans

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1. 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 helps lengthen legs too. 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: US: 0–20 | UK: 2–22
Material: Cotton, polyester, elastane
Care: Machine wash
Reasons to buy
+Intricate embroidered detailing on pockets+Decent size range+Easy to style for warmer months
Reasons to avoid
-Nothing! We love these!

These High-Rise Skinny Ankle jeans from Ralph Lauren are incredibly chic and unique, the best skinny jeans for lovers of intricate details. They sit just above the natural waist for a super high fit that is so forgiving on so many figures. The fit is slim through the hip and thigh, and then they turn skinny and trail down the legs. With a sweet embroidered detailing on the pockets, 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
Material: 80% Cotton, 18% Rayon, 2% Elastane
Care: Machine wash
Reasons to buy
+On-trend camouflage print+Washwell technology+Comfy and soft
Reasons to avoid
-Pattern not for everybody-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 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 Light Blue Molly Jeans

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4. River Island Blue Skinny Molly Jeans

Specifications
Sizes: US: 4-16 / UK: 6-18
Material: 92% Cotton, 2% Elastane, 6% Polyester
Care: Machine wash
Reasons to buy
+On-trend light blue wash+Super stretchy+Perfect for curvy figures
Reasons to avoid
-Sells out quickly (but restocks often)

These stunning light wash jeans in a gorgeous airy blue hue are incredibly stretchy and contain a substantial amount of elastane. A hit among so many, these jeans are incredibly 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. Fashion expert Miranda 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 no one would absolutely 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
Material: 98% Cotton, 2% Elastane
Care: Machine wash
Reasons to buy
+Smarter style+Versatile color +Great for the office
Reasons to avoid
-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 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.


Diesel Blue Slandy 009QS Skinny Jeans

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6. Diesel Blue Slandy 009QS Skinny Jeans

Specifications
Sizes: 23"–34" waist
Material: 78% Cotton, 18% Modal, 3% Polyester, 1%Elastane-Spandex
Care: Machine wash
Reasons to buy
+Two-tone wash+Mid-high rise
Reasons to avoid
-Not size inclusive

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 dressy blouse for 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
Material: 58% Cotton, 20% Viscose, 14% Modal, 7% Polyester, 1% Elastane
Care: Machine wash
Reasons to buy
+Super skinny with lots to stretch+Luxe material+Versatile color+Made to last
Reasons to avoid
-Limited sizing available-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 buying less, "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."


Farfetch R13 leopard-print skinny jeans

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8. Farfetch R13 leopard-print skinny jeans

Specifications
Sizes: 24"–29" waist
Material: Cotton 98%, Spandex/Elastane 2%
Care: Machine wash
Reasons to buy
+Made to last+Fun print+Great for all seasons
Reasons to avoid
-Not size inclusive-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, so we are obsessing over these super versatile skinnies that can be worn with so many things already in your closet. if you're leopard-print made like we are, then wear 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.


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)
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-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 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.


River Island Skinny Brown Coated Molly Jeans

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9. River Island Skinny Brown Coated Molly Jeans

Specifications
Sizes: US: 4-16 / UK: 6-18
Material: 3% Elastane, 20% Nylon (polyamide), 77% Viscose
Care: Machine wash
Reasons to buy
+Great for the winter months+Super sleek and sophisticated
Reasons to avoid
-Can be difficult to get on-Not great for curvy figures

The brown-coated jeans might be a little tricky to pull up, but they are well worth the sweat. Brown jeans are a real staple, albeit underrated because of their limitations—but if you're bold with your fashion choices, they don't need to 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 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.


White Stuff AMELIA SKINNY JEAN

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11. White Stuff AMELIA SKINNY JEAN

Specifications
Sizes: US: 4–20 | UK: 6–22
Material: 82% Cotton, 16% Polyester, 2% Elastane
Care: Machine wash
Reasons to buy
+Block colors are perfect for autumn/winter+Size inclusive up to a US 20/UK 22+Skinny fit
Reasons to avoid
-Nothing! We love these!

Skinny jeans in a block color are such a great staple, and when they contain sustainable material? Well, you cannot go wrong. Luckily for us, these block color jeans have a classic skinny fit, added stretch, recycled cotton, and sustainable hardware too. We love the berry-hued jeans for colder months, paired with chunky knit and cozy sherpa-lined boots. 


Dannii Minogue High Waisted Slim Fit Jeans Petite

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12. Dannii Minogue High Waisted Slim Fit Jeans Petite

Specifications
Sizes: 8-22 (UK only)
Material: 60% cotton, 34% polyester, 4% elastane, 2% viscose
Care: Machine wash (at 30°C)
Reasons to buy
+Inclusive sizing+Suitable for petites+Flattering
Reasons to avoid
-Come up a little big around the waist-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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13. New Look Curves Black Leather-Look 'Lift & Shape' Yazmin Skinny Jeans

Specifications
Sizes: 20–32 (not available in the US0
Material: 68% Cotton, 27% Recycled Polyester, 3% Viscose, 2% Elastane
Care: Machine wash
Reasons to buy
+Size inclusive+Super flattering+Easy to wear
Reasons to avoid
-Won't last as long-Not available in the US

Perfect for curves, these black leather-look jeans 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 sneakers and a cozy jacket and you're good to go.


G-Star Raw LYNN MID WAIST SKINNY JEANS

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14. G-Star Raw LYNN MID WAIST SKINNY JEANS

Specifications
Sizes: 22"–36" waist
Material: 92% Cotton, 6% Polybutylene Terephthalat, 2% Elastane
Care: Machine wash
Reasons to buy
+Flattering wash placement+Easy-to-style color +Great for all seasons
Reasons to avoid
-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.


ASOS Urban Bliss skinny jean in leopard print

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15. ASOS Urban Bliss skinny jean in leopard print

Specifications
Sizes: US: 4–14 | UK: 6–16
Material: 98% Cotton, 2% Elastane
Care: Machine wash
Reasons to buy
+Fun leopard print+High waisted fit+Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Sizing could be extended-Probably won't last long

Yes.. another pair of leopard print skinnies. Trust us though—they are completely different! With a pure white background and a darker, more punchy leopard print, these jeans are bold and beautiful with a super flattering high-waisted fit. Much cheaper than the leopard jeans featured earlier on, these are more affordable – perfect if you don't think they'll be worn too much because of the sheer boldness that they exude.


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

Fashion expert Miranda Holder 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.