The 10 Best Skinny Jeans for Your Denim Cut and Color Inclinations

by Sidney Burds

The 10 Best Skinny Jeans for Your Denim Cut and Color Inclinations
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Calling all denim addicts! If you prefer a skin-tight fit, have we got the bottoms for you. Get your best fit yet in these skinny jeans, perfectly made for your specific preferences.


We all dream of finding the perfect pair of skinny jeans. You know the ones that we’re talking about, they hit all the boxes. Perfect length, flattering waist height, and just the right amount of stretch. They’re the pair of jeans that you reach for over and over; they make your booty pop, and they get even better with time. But the fact of the matter is, skinny jeans are a challenge to shop for, so how do you find the denim rose amongst the racks of thorns?


Lucky for you, we’ve done the dirty work and saved countless hours of try-ons with the 10 best skinny jeans that align with your particular preferences. From dark to light wash, plus size to petite, these are the best jeans that are sure to keep your strut in stride for years to come.


The 10 Best Skinny Jeans

  • Best Black Pair: Everlane Authentic Stretch High-Rise Skinny Button Fly
  • Best High Waisted: Levi’s 501 Skinny Jeans
  • Best For Plus-Size: Good American Good Legs High Waist Ankle Skinny
  • Best For Petite: Topshop Petite Mid Blue Button Fly Jamie Jeans
  • Best Distressed Pair: L’Agence Highline High Rise Skinny Jeans with Hem Destruction
  • Best Dark Wash: Paige Transcend – Hoxton High Waist Ultra Skinny Jeans
  • Best Light Wash: 7 For All Mankind Luxe Vintage Pearl Jean in Flora
  • Best Mid Rise: Wrangler High-Rise Skinny Jeans
  • Best Frayed Hem: MOTHER High Waisted Looker Ankle Fray
  • Best Eco Friendly: Reformation High & Skinny Jean

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Everlane Authentic Stretch High-Rise Skinny Button Fly


Can’t beat a classic. We know you love your uber-comfy black leggings, but they’re hardly office appropriate. If comfort is at the top of your priority list, then these Everlane skinny jeans are your best bet. They have a skinny fit, mid-rise waist, and are made of an innovative fabric with high elasticity, so you look like you’re wearing standard rigid denim. Wear with a pair of quirky block heels and a printed short-sleeve button up and you’re ready for your nine to five!

2 of 10 Image Credits: Shopbop

Best Black Pair

Levi’s 501 Skinny Jeans


Hard core denim lovers know nothing beats a vintage pair of Levi’s 501 jeans, but finding a vintage pair that isn’t marked up and finding the perfect size takes some time. Skip the wait time and get the perfect fit right now with these modern Levi’s 501 skinny jeans! Just like the originals, these Levi’s are made of non-stretch denim and have the flattering high rise waist that looks amazing on every body type. The faded wash and distressed details make these jeans look like they’ve been around for years, without that thrift store scent.

3 of 10 Image Credits: Nordstrom

Best High Waisted

Good American Good Legs High Waist Ankle Skinny


Despite the name ‘skinny’ we think this style of jeans looks best with curves. To hug and hold your vivacious figure, we couldn’t think of a better option than Good American’s Good Legs skinny jeans. This dark wash dresses up these jeans for date night, casual Friday, or for a more polished daytime look. The high waist style gives you legs for days, and a pair of heels or platform sandals will keep that leg lengthening illusion going and going!

4 of 10 Image Credits: Topshop

Best For Plus-Size

Topshop Petite Mid Blue Button Fly Jamie Jeans


When it comes to length, if your body height runs on the shorter side you more than likely have a hard time finding jeans that are short enough for your stature. Fabric bunching at your ankles isn’t the best look, cuffing might not be the style you’re going for, and hemming by a tailor is an added cost. Stop shopping jeans that are too long, and instead try this petite pair from Topshop. They have an entire section devoted to ladies with shorter legs, but we’re partial to this pair. They have a unique button fly, high rise, and graze right at your ankle with no adjustments needed.

5 of 10 Image Credits: Shopbop

Best For Petite

L’Agence Highline High Rise Skinny Jeans with Hem Destruction


Nicely tailored hems — who needs ’em? If you prefer your denim more on the wilder side, you’ll love these destructed hem skinny jeans by L’Agence. This faded, extra distressed pair of skinny jeans are made of a stretch denim fabric that’s super soft right off the bat. Style with a crisp white shirt, some no-fuss sneakers, and a stylish leather backpack for an effortlessly chill look.

6 of 10 Image Credits: Nordstrom

Best Distressed Pair

PAIGE Transcend - Hoxton High Waist Ultra Skinny Jeans


Dark wash jeans are a wardrobe must-have and this deep indigo shade dubbed ‘Mona’ by PAIGE tops our list of skinny jean styles. It’s the most formal version of a jean, with clean lines, a slim fit, and a high waistline that holds you in.  The jean contains spandex to give some stretch (no jumping needed to pull these on!) and fits tight to the body without appearing stretched out. We recommend adding these jeans to any outfit that needs a touch of casual refinement.

7 of 10 Image Credits: 7 For All Mankind

Best Dark Wash

7 For All Mankind Luxe Vintage Pearl Jean in Flora


We’ve talked about tailored hems, cuffed hems, and frayed hems, but have you ever worn a pair of jeans with pearl adorned hems before? We think not, which is why you need these 7 For All Mankind skinny jeans. Made of a stretch denim that you won’t want to take off, these top-notch skinny jeans have the fit you love, with embellishments that you didn’t know you needed. The pearl beaded ankle and frayed hem adds sophistication and makes these jeans a standout amongst the ones you already own.

8 of 10 Image Credits: Free People

Best Light Wash

Wrangler High-Rise Skinny Jeans


Though we love a good true high-rise skinny jean, we understand that waist height isn’t for everyone. This Wrangler skinny jean though called ‘high-rise’ actually hits below the belly button in the mid-rise region. Made of a stretch denim that holds its shape, you won’t experience gaping or need a belt in these stay-put jeans. This style has a modern ankle-bearing look and comes in three different washes which we apologize in advance for — it’s hard to pick just one.

9 of 10 Image Credits: Revolve

Best Mid Rise

MOTHER High Waisted Looker Ankle Fray


A little frayed hem goes a long way. When you want a touch of distressing while keeping the rest of your jeans neat, these raw hem MOTHER jeans are a winner! It’s a contemporary way to switch up a standard skinny jean, and you can even DIY this to an existing pair you already own. What you can’t get at home is this sassy tiger graphic on the back hip, which gives these skinny jeans a dash of rock and roll.

10 of 10 Image Credits: Reformation

Best Frayed Hem

Reformation High & Skinny Jean



If sustainable shopping is at the forefront of your denim search, Reformation is the place to go. Every product, including these skinny jeans, has a breakdown of the carbon dioxide, water, and waste savings, plus a fabric breakdown and a comprehensive look at the brand’s factory practices. These high rise skinny jeans come in six different washes, are under $100, and keep the planet a little cleaner. What more could you ask for?