It's been years since they first entered our closets, and still, skinny jeans just won't quit. They're a timeless wardrobe staple, so we've gotten into the habit of wearing them with the same outfits we always do. There's nothing wrong with outfit repeating (and we'd actually argue that it's necessary to define your personal style), but with skinny jeans, it's easy to find yourself reaching for the same few items over and over.
To fend off any potential style ruts, we've compiled the outfit ideas that made us look at the trusted denim in a completely new light. It's all thanks to the celebrities who aren't afraid of a "risky" trend or two. Take Rihanna, for example, who transformed her denim into something fit for a princess (yeah, we went there) by layering a sheer dress on top. We strive to be on that level of innovation.
Ready to rethink your next skinny-jean outfit? Keep reading to see the best celebrity skinny-jean outfits, and shop the pieces to re-create them.
The innovation: wearing a dress over jeans
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Wearing a dress over pants is an outfit hack that always looks innovative when done right, and Rihanna's look here is a perfect example of how to pull it off. The slim-fitting jeans are a great canvas to start with, and they really shine underneath a sheer dress. Finish it off with transparent heels as RiRi did, and you have yourself a jean outfit that's fit for a princess.
The innovation: leaning into one denim wash from head to toe
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Doubling up on your denim isn't exactly an earth-shattering idea, but sure enough, J.Lo managed to reinvent it. She opted for a denim jacket and jeans in a polarizing wash—acid wash—from head to toe, and the result is an innovative take on the Canadian tuxedo that makes a 'fit as tried-and-true as skinny jeans look brand-new.
On Jennifer Lopez: Balmain acid-wash denim jacket and jeans; Jessica Rich Fancy Stiletto Pumps ($198)
The innovation: combining two different outfit vibes, like wearing a crew-neck under a blazer
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Princess Diana's iconic '80s outfits are the gifts that just keep giving. When Hailey Biber channeled this look not too long ago, it reminded us of just how great—and re-creatable—Lady Di's jean outfits really were. Here, Bieber combined with two style tropes when she paired a blazer (something we often reach for with skinny jeans) and a collegiate crew-neck.
The innovation: going for long-hemmed jeans (instead of cropped pairs)
Long jeans (as opposed to cropped ones) are trending right now, and even though it's a simple detail, it totally reinvents how to wear skinny jeans in our minds. Take a cue from Georgia Fowler's look here, and wear them over a sleek kitten heel.