5 Shrewd Options of What To Wear If You Still Like Skinny Jeans

It seems a shame to have clothing that is deemed “out of style” every couple of years. Especially once we find a style that we really like and it goes with the other pieces in our closet.

That’s why I thought it would be interesting to think about what to wear if you still like skinny jeans.

I'm sharing 4 options here and there's another great idea on my site.

I’m the type of person who thinks it’s good to look contemporary and modern, yet I also think it’s wasteful to just purge things once “they” say it’s out of style.

BTW, don’t you wonder who “they” are?

What I came up with is trying out different materials with the same silhouette that could be a nice substitute for your skinny, denim jeans.

Another idea is to change your footwear to make sure it is more trendy. As well as finding another alternative of pants that has the same sort of look but seems more modern.

Different Materials

Even if you still like to wear skinny jeans, just changing up what material they are made of can change the look so much.

I came up with three different options of skinny jeans that I had in my closet that would fulfill this idea. 2 out of the 3 were thrifted, so that’s always a great way to start if you aren’t sure about trying these materials.

Velvet or Corduroy

A textured material like velvet or corduroy is always perfect for the winter months. When you have a pair of skinny jeans in one of these materials, the jeans won’t look quite as tight in the first place because the material has a texture that sticks out.

In fact, I went a step further in my black velvet skinny jeans by pairing them with ankle boots that are wider. So you would never realize that these jeans aren’t straight-leg jeans.

Insider tip: Wearing your skinny jeans with tall boots is one way to camouflage the fact that the bottom half is skinny.

Great Colors or Sheen

Another option of what to wear if you still like skinny jeans but want to look modern is to vary the color or sheen of your jeans.

I found these metallic silver jeans at Goodwill and thought they would be absolutely fabulous. While they are still the skinny silhouette, I thought the fact that they are shiny would be a fabulous focal point.

In fact, I’ve seen a lot of sequin pants both skinny-leg versions and wider-leg versions. Since I believe every day should be celebrated by dressing up in our fun clothes, I can see why these are so popular.

Insider tip: If you don’t wear skirts or dresses anymore, pants with sequins or any kind of bling are a great way to add a dressier vibe.

Faux Leather Skinny Jeans

Another great material that is very contemporary right now is faux leather. While we showcased other items in the material recently, the faux leather pants are very popular too. I’ve seen them in both the skinny silhouette as well as the wider varieties.

If you don’t like the newer silhouettes of jeans, then I think the answer to what to wear if you still like skinny jeans is to try different materials.

Up Your Footwear Game

As the saying goes, your shoes can make or break an outfit. While some shoes and boots are classic in style, it’s good to try some of the trendier footwear. When you pair the newer shoes or boots with your skinny jeans, it’s showing that you aren’t living under a rock.

What’s trendy in footwear right now?

1-Combat boots-and yes these work for women of all ages

2-Lug soles-the thicker platforms can actually keep your feet warmer in the cold weather


Basically, we are reliving the 60s and 70s again, haha.

Make sure to check out the 5th option on my site. Same silhouette but a more modern version of the skinny jeans.

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Jodie Filogomo
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  • Jinxx Jinxx on Feb 13, 2023

    Thanks so much!

    I spent elementary and secondary school in uniforms, then in college, I went to nursing school! So my motto is when wearing my own clothes, I wear what I please!

    I like the lagenlook style, and find that the older I get, my main criterion is comfort. But I’m tall and pretty much equal in bust-waist-hip measurements in that none of the three are remarkable, so I find that voluminous boho tops look best with skinny jeans and body conscious, short tops are best with balloon-style pants. So skinny jeans/pants will always be in my wardrobe. I just spend an inordinate amount of time trying to find a long enough inseam because I’m tired of sewing and good quality, affordable fabric is hard to find these days.

    Your footwear advice is great too.

    • Jodie Filogomo Jodie Filogomo on Feb 13, 2023

      I feel like we can't always give in to what's in style/out of style just because manufacturers want us to buy more. Finding what looks good on us is such a key factor.

      Yet I struggle to stay modern especially because I live in a retirement community where I see a ton of "frumpy" women. It's a balance and it's not easy.

      You also might like my lately article on my site (www.jtouchofstyle.com) where I talk about frump and being invisible.

      thanks for such an insightful comment