Still Love Your Skinny Jeans? Here Are 8 Ways to Make Them Look Cool in 2022

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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 have flashbacks to not only the jumping, but the inevitable cuff I always added at the hem of my jeans because they never seemed to fit the length of my 5’2″ frame. Yet, despite all that, I still have my favorite pairs of skinny jeans tucked away at the bottom of my drawer.

Although I am a firm believer in closet purging and purchasing clothes that you’re guaranteed to wear and feel good in, I haven’t gotten around to tossing my skinny jeans because I know what a staple they can be. They fit well, make me look good, and definitely have a time and a place to be worn (nothing else looks quite as good tucked into boots). Just because skinny jeans aren’t a part of the current trend cycle doesn’t mean they’re “uncool.” Just as trends change over time, so can the way you style certain things to make them feel and look more modern. And yes, that includes how you style your skinny jeans.

If trend cycles have taught us anything recently, it’s that everything comes back, even if you don’t want it to (hello Uggs, Birkenstock Bostons, and low-rise jeans). But you don’t need to wait until skinny jeans are at the top of the denim trend list again to wear yours. Here are ways to style your tried-and-true pair to make them look cool in 2022.

 

Pair your black skinny jeans with black boots

When fashionista meets super-spy. This combo is quite simply a match made in heaven, and it offers you a chance to show off the top half of your calf-height boots. Pair the seamless bottom combo with a chunky knit and oversized jacket and you’re good to go.

Abercrombie & Fitch

Super Skinny Jeans

12 washes available

Steve Madden

Leather Chelsea Boots

2 colors available

Naturalizer

Block Heel Boots

2 colors available

Tucked into a pair of knee-high boots

Pairing your skinny jeans with your knee-high lug sole boots is a prime example of combining old trends with new ones. How else are you going to show off your knee-high boots when it’s too cold to wear shorts or a mini skirt? Skinny jeans to the rescue!

Vince Camuto

Nettrio Boots

3 colors available

Børn

Knee-High Boots

5 colors available

Steve Madden

Priority Boots

2 colors available

Paired with a heeled sandal

Timeless and still trendy, a good pair of heeled sandals looks so good with your trusty pair of skinny jeans. Whether it’s strappy or more of a mule, the heel elongates your legs and gets you more than ready to step out. Especially if you’re dressing for fall while living somewhere warm, this is a killer combo.

Steve Madden

Slide Sandals

4 colors available

Jeffrey Campbell

Caviar Platforms

12 colors available

Open Edit

Quilted Sandals

5 colors available

Jeffrey Campbell

Fluxx Sandals

8 colors available

Combined with lots of leather

Nothing screams cool-girl more than a leather jacket and a kicking pair of leather boots to match. Paired with skinny jeans and your tee or sweater of choice, this outfit is one that proves right time and time again.

Quince

Motorcycle Jacket

4 colors available

Steve Madden

Platform Boots

7 colors available

Marc Fisher LTD

Pointed Toe Boots

4 colors available

With a pair of loafers

You know that pair of loafers you just got? Yup, they’re going to look great with your skinny jeans. No matter the color or texture, a good pair of jeans and a loafer go together like Sunday mornings and brunch.

Steve Madden

Lotto Loafer

Franco Sarto

Carolynn Platform

4 colors available

Steve Madden

Carrine Bit Loafer

7 colors available

COACH

Hanna Loafer

3 colors available

Paired with sneakers and a cardigan

Sneakers, jeans, and a cardigan are the ultimate skinny-jean uniform. It’s low effort, but looks polished nonetheless. Don’t forget to top the outfit off with a cozy cardigan. Unbuttoned, buttoned—the look is all up to you.

Madewell

Lovell Cardigan

2 colors available

Madewell

Mayfair Cardigan

4 colors available

With your favorite striped sweater

Stripes are certainly having a moment right now, and we’re all here for it. Oversized, fitted, draped over your shoulders, or quickly grabbed and thrown in your bag as you head out the door, they’re ideal for dressing up or for when you want to be casual and cool.

Reformation

Cashmere Boyfriend Sweater

8 colors available

With a trench coat

I have a theory that everything looks good when you throw a trench coat over it. They just have this chicness that delivers no matter what you pair it with, and with skinny jeans? It achieves a look that a straight leg jean can’t quite master when combined with the trench.

Everlane

The Long Mac Coat

3 colors available

ZARA

Oversized Coat

4 colors available
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