The "Basic" Skinny Jeans Fashion Girls Will Always Wear

Like most things in fashion, skinny jeans follow their own trend cycle. Every season, new iterations rise to be It styles—like light-wash styles right now—while others fall off the map. That said, blue skinnies in a medium wash (without the bells and whistles) will always remain a staple, regardless of what’s “trending.”

Sure, you could call these skinny jeans “basic” because of their standard nature. But we’d describe them as more “classic” than anything else. Fashion people will always rely on this specific skinny-jean trend for those no-fail, always-in-style vibes. To prove it, we’re showcasing seven style setters wearing these go-to skinnies right now for outfit inspiration. To take it one step further, we also shopped out our favorite pairs in case you’re ready to refresh your offering.


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Cropped skinnies with a structured blazer and a pair of kitten heels feels sophisticated for that 9-to-5 life.


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Keep it polished yet chill with your skinny jeans, ankle boots, and a moto jacket.


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Give this look a whirl this spring with a printed blouse tucked into jeans.


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You can never go wrong with this uniform: a chunky knit, skinnies, and low booties.


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Need a new night-out ensemble? Pair a leopard jacket with a graphic tee, skinny jeans, and stilettos. 


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Elevate classic skinnies with a statement coat and colorful heels.


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Keep cozy yet chic this season by stepping out in an oversize knit and chunky cardigan with your favorite skinny jeans and booties.

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Market Director

Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retailers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.