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How To Make Your Skinny Jeans Look Cool in 2024

written by BELLA GIL

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When I think about skinny jeans, all I can hear is Beyonce singing, “If you don’t jump to put jeans on, baby you don’t feel my pain,” and I have flashbacks to not only the jumping but the way skinny jeans completely took the fashion world by storm at their prime. Now, it seems like everyone and their mother—especially Gen-Z TikTokers—can’t stop talking about how skinny jeans are “out.”

The good news? 2024 is all about wearing what makes you happy. Fashion is cyclical, and everything comes back around eventually. Just because the internet says something isn’t cool anymore doesn’t mean you can’t wear it, skinny jeans included. If you feel the most confident in skinny jeans, wear them!

If you want to break out your skinny jeans again (or just never took a break from yours and want new ideas on how to style them), we’ve got you covered. Here’s how to style your beloved skinnies so they look cool in 2024.

With ballet flats and a trench coat

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Who would’ve thought we’d be suggesting pairing ballet flats with skinny jeans in the year 2024? To prevent having middle school flashbacks, pair yours with a striped shirt and trench coat to make it feel more Parisian than seventh grade. With a pair of black skinny jeans, this look can be your office uniform this spring.

Banana Republic
Water Resistant Trench Coat

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Ralph Lauren
Belted Trench Coat
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SARTO by Franco Sarto
Buckled Flats

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Vince Camuto
Belted Flats

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With knee-high boots and an oversized blazer

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I never got rid of my skinny jeans for one reason: Pairing them with my knee-high boots. Skinny jeans tuck seamlessly into them, and your legs look a mile long—especially if you opt for black jeans and boots like those pictured above. Throw an oversized blazer over top for a timeless, equestrian-inspired look.

Abercrombie
Classic Suited Blazer

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Eloquii
Long Tailored Blazer

5 colors available

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Madewell
Knee-High Boots

2 colors available

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Vince Camuto
Buckle Hardware Knee High Boots

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With a leather jacket and mid-calf boots

The ultimate cool-girl outfit will always be a badass leather jacket, jeans, and black leather boots. To make the combo more modern, opt for a boot that hits mid-calf and opt for a leather jacket with an oversized fit to provide contrast against your form-fitting jeans.

AllSaints
Leather Biker Jacket
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Lane Bryant
Black Moto Jacket
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Vagabond Shoemakers
Chunky Chelsea Boots
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Miista
Mid-Calf Leather Boots
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With a bodysuit and white sneakers

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Keep your skinny jeans look simple this season by pairing them with white sneakers and a black bodysuit. Seamless, classic, and super flattering, this combo won’t let you down. If you want to spice it up a little, opt for a bodysuit that has some visual interest, like this one’s one-shoulder detailing.

superdown
One Shoulder Bodysuit
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Skims
One Shoulder Tank Bodysuit

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adidas
Platform Sneakers
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Vejas
Leather Sneakers

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With a button-up and a pair of loafers

No matter the year, skinny jeans paired with loafers and a button-up is always going to work. While we might have paired our statement necklaces with this look 10 years ago, today, we’re keeping it simple with gold jewelry and minimal accessories.

Everlane
Boxy Oxford

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Old Navy
Oversized Button-Up

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Sam Edelman
Bit Buckle Loafers

25 colors available

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G.H.Bass
Leather Loafers

6 colors available

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With a trendy belt and wool coat

As we mentioned, the key to making skinny jeans look cool is by playing with proportions. Adding oversized pieces to contrast the fit of the skinny jeans will make your outfit look complete—and this oversized wool coat proves it. With a sweater, belt, and boots, this is a simple outfit that’s about as versatile as they come.

Madewell
Leather Western Belt

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B-Low the Belt
Wrap Belt

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Blondo
Leather Lug Sole Boots

5 colors available

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Vagabond Shoemakers
Leather Chelsea Boots
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With a bodysuit and heeled sandals

A good pair of heels paired with skinny jeans is a match made in heaven. The combination will elongate your legs and look elevated, regardless of what top you choose. Opt for a bodysuit or T-shirt to keep it simple, or add an oversized button-up untucked for an additional layer.

Skims
High Neck Bodysuit

15 colors available

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Lululemon
Sleeveless Bodysuit

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Dolce Vita
Strappy Kitten Heels

10 colors available

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Madewell
Thong Sandals
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