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Are Skinny Jeans Out of Style?

The number one question in my DMs and our Private Facebook group is: are skinny jeans out of style?

As if the past 18 months weren’t enough, being told that skinny jeans are out of style or, as the kids to call them cheugy, is just mean.

So, I’m here to tell you, as an actual expert in these things, that skinny jeans are not only 100% acceptable but still very much in style.

Sure, you can add some variety to your jeans assortment. So go ahead and pick up boyfriend jeans or these updated flares, but by no means should you feel compelled to rid your closet of this staple.

Because that’s the thing, the skinny jean, specifically the dark skinny, has earned a place on the classics list.

Are Skinny Jeans Out of Style?

Are Skinny Jeans Out of Style?
Me, not giving up my skinny jeans.

That said, styles evolve.

We talk about this a lot. However, if your goal is to keep your look updated and modern, attention to subtle, nuanced details is essential.

A dark wash will extend the life out of your jeans, and a length that hits at or just below the ankles will allow you to wear the most variety of shoes.

What I would avoid are jeggings. You don’t want these to feel like leggings, but a snug fit will show off your shape, extend the length of your leg, and balance out oversized sweaters and cardigans.

Over the next few weeks we’ll talk about outfit formulas for all different jean styles. Today, I’m highlighting three classic skinny jean options, at three price points, in a range of sizes, in case you need to a fresh pair. 

Low: Old Navy Power Slim Straight 

Old Navy Power Slim Straight Jeans

Power Slim Straight, $35 Take 30% Off with Code HURRY

If you’re like me and working hard to get back into pre-Covid shape, you might need a pair of jeans that look great but don’t bust your budget. That’s why I am a huge fan of Old Navy jeans. They fit well, cover all sizes, and the price is insane.

They call these “slim straight,” which tells you that they won’t be skintight but still body shaping. 

Right now, you can grab these for $25 after the discount code. Available in regular, petite, and plus size. 

Mid: Wit & Wisdom Ab-solution 

Wit & Wisdom Ab-solution skinny Jeans

Ab-solution Skinny Jeans, $68 

Another favorite in my rotation is the Wit & Wisdom Ab-solution Skinny Jeans. These are available in regular and petite sizes up to 18. I love the fit of the waist, designed to “mold and hold”. I discovered them after Vivi was born. They held in my post-c-section belly so well, with such comfort, that I’ve bought them every season since. 

High: Hudson Super Skinny Jeans

Hudson Super Skinny Jeans

Super Skinny Jeans, $195

I totally believe in investing in your jeans, especially if they are a big part of your wardrobe. If you want to invest in a higher end jean, you have many options. These Hudson jeans are great if you like a mid rise in a lovey classic wash. Sizes run small. 

I prefer a high rise because I look like a woman who had three babies. My hands down favorite, that never disappoint are from DL 1961. Their Florence Instasculpt Skinny Jeans have tons of stretch, but always retain their shape. I’m wearing them in the picture above. 

For more of a straight-skinny, their Coco Curvy Jeans are just as incredible and worth the splurge

Are Skinny Jeans Out of Style?

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Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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Monday 17th of January 2022

In today’s world, I don’t think you have to pick one or the other, wear both. I would love to see a post on styling a flare leg that’s not a crop top.

Alice DeGroi

Thursday 30th of September 2021

Well skinny jeans have bene out of style since May 2018 when ankle boots went out of style. I don't like it, but it is what it is. Sure there's no problem wearing skinnies with ankle boots in 2021/2022, but you're only 5 years behind the fashion. I even still wore a pair of Hollister bootcuts in the skinny fashion period, but not every day. Expect skinnies to be back in style around 2029-2032. Skinnies were only in-style from 2010-2018, and 8 years is not like "oh they are timeless".

Liz Irwin

Sunday 12th of December 2021

@Alice DeGroi, skinny jeans have been in style, technically, since the French brought them to the runways in the 1970s. They became #trendy in 2008. But they’re a classic staple, the same way a French inspired capsule wardrobe is. You should probably do a deeper Google dive before coming to a stylist’s or website trying to say what’s what.

Megan Kristel

Thursday 30th of September 2021

LOL, Calm down, Alice.


Sunday 19th of September 2021

Ladies who look / feel great in skinny jeans can and should keep wearing them. I agree with that. That they can be amazingly stylish and classy is undeniable. I myself have never, ever been of the opinion that I look good in them. With my skinny legs and my, er, dispropotionally rounded trunk I find that I look like a toffee-apple on two sticks. Paired with an oversized sweater andI resemble a meat-ball. I am very happy to wear other styles which are less.... clingy. Which is not to say that I did not feel a twinge of envy towards all the ladies who rock skinny jeans when they were all the rage.

Tracy Gray

Tuesday 14th of September 2021

I almost stopped breathing when I read the first line: are skinny jeans out of style! I at first was hesitant to try them but I absolutely love them. They fit me perfectly —-I purchased several pairs from Loft. So was so happy when you said they are still in style and offered some other brands. I do have the dark jeans. Thank you!!!

Megan Kristel

Friday 17th of September 2021

They are a classic! :)