Skinny jeans first had their heyday in the mid-2000s, and we dare say that they have become one of the most definitive fashion pieces of that decade. Anyone and everyone stepped out in skinny jeans and pants as if they were the only kind available.
That was about a decade ago, and while we’ve since given way to more varied fits and styles that are as equally fashionable, the skinny iteration has never left our closets. Instead, these skinny bottoms have transitioned into one of the beloved trouser cuts and is now practically treated as a classic silhouette. This created a steady market for those who want them in their closets forever. And this desire comes with good reason: Their simple and form-fitting nature makes them versatile with many other clothing pieces, and can actually pass off as reasonably sharp. In fact, if you ever wanted to wear jeans to the office, a streamlined, skinny fit is your best bet.
It’s also a quick pick for those casual, off-duty days, since you can pair them with a T-shirt and off you go. That being said, while it may be one of the most popular styles today, they’re also the trickiest to wear. The tight fit could be unflattering for certain leg shapes and body types, and you generally need to nail the perfect fit and length. Still, there are a lot of outfits you can get away with when opting for the skinny fit, and they’re perfect for copying that easy, effortless model off-duty look. Take notes from these actual models on how you can land that carefree and stylish vibe!
How Models Wear Skinny Jeans
Legs for days! Victoria's Secret model Kelsey Merritt is adorably twinning with her boyfriend Conor Dwyer in New York City, rocking that quintessential model off-duty vibe. She paired a plain T-shirt in a classic, regular fit, tucking it in ultra-skinny jeans in black. What ties this low-key and carefree look, though, is her similarly colored thigh-high boots that essentially camouflage against the pants. This is actually a great styling tip for petite girls: a monochromatic and streamlined look from waist to toe can elongate your figure and give you the illusion of longer legs!
Maureen is keeping it casual in this outfit that was meant for a stroll around the city under hot, tropical weather, with a thin and breathable crop top. The key to this outfit is her high-waisted cigarette jeans that cut just above the ankle. The model then injects some ‘90s-inspired elements into her outfit, going with the retro blue wash of her jeans, like mid-rise socks, chunky white dad sneakers, and the thick leather belt. The bandana kerchief around her neck is a nice touch!
Joey’s outfit may look a tad more put together than the usual off-duty look, but it’s worth noting how she paired those electric colors together in an outfit that’s an update of ‘80s influences. She wore her jeans with a pair of stilettos—a classic style match for the skinny fit. Her ankle-length gladiator heels were in a bright fuchsia, which went with the print on her top. Joey also wore hoop earrings in bright yellow, which even matches her blouse.
If you’re traveling to a faraway place like Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, then you’re better off copping her jetsetter outfit. Wearing a cropped zip-up jacket, Cat tucked in her blue faded skinny jeans in black thigh high boots. When your boots create some contrast against your jeans, they immediately stand out as the statement piece of the outfit—a chic and cosmopolitan style move to pull off when you’re in transit!
5. Mari Jasmine
Here’s a look for the weekend that will never go out of style! We love Mari Jasmine's classic, effortless aesthetic. Using timeless pieces, Mari’s style exudes casual elegance, even with something like a skinny fit. Wearing a classic white shirt, she tucks them in high-waisted cigarette pants with frayed hems and finishes the look with black platform slip-on sandals. There’s just something so effortlessly chic about her look, from her sleek lob parted down the middle to her white crochet bag!
Hannah Locsin has been making waves in her modeling career abroad for her ability to switch up her looks, from ultra-feminine styles to ensembles that border on the androgynous. We’re in love with Hannah’s edgy ensemble that she wore to Spain! Her black leather jacket matched perfectly with her black pants and boots. Her white printed shirt broke the monochromatic look, and she topped off the outfit with a pair of oversized sunglasses that added to her devil-may-care vibe.
7. Jessica Yang
Going on an outdoor trip? Get your style inspiration from Jessica Yang! Posing against foliage as her backdrop, Jessica wears a coordinated ensemble in army green, paired with black combat boots. While her high ponytail goes well with the military-inspired theme, her jacket in electric lime adds a bright pop of color and a touch of playfulness.
8. Jach Manere
Sleek and sexy! Asia’s Next Top Model alum Jach Manere keeps things simple by pairing a ruffled blouse that flaunts her décolletage, tucking the top in tight pants and black pointed boots. The soft, flowy satin fabric adds some femininity to her outfit, again counterbalanced by the crossbody bag she’s sporting. The model keeps an easy, effortless look by styling her hair in loose beachy waves.
The denim-on-denim look has come a long way since that Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake fiasco a decade ago. Since then, the pairing has long been redeemed and looks especially fashionable when done with skinny jeans! Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa channels a model off-duty look with a touch of glam, adding a sexy appeal to this outfit with a chambray shirt tied by the midriff and form-fitting, skinny blue jeans. Tying a knot on your top in the middle becomes chic when paired with high-waisted bottoms. Kylie maintains the dressy, put-together vibe of the whole look with loose, romantic curls and silver ankle stilettos.