Gen Z Says Skinnies Are Over—Here's What to Try Instead

While skinny jeans will never actually be out of style, Gen Z seems to have all sorts of opinions on how the silhouette is over. And it's true. Non-skinny silhouettes continue to rise in popularity, but if you're hesitant to go full-tilt baggy denim, we're introducing you to the next step after skinny jeans: slim-fit denim. This cut has a straight-leg fit, typically comes in a high rise and features a slim fit throughout, and tapers close to the ankle. Think of it as 2021's answer to skinny jeans being canceled. You might remember Hailey Bieber’s ensemble featuring the Khaite jeans we dubbed "skinny-adjacent."

Sure, this silhouette is a far cry from the ultra-relaxed one that's been on the rise the past few seasons, but this is one denim style that will take your outfits a step forward if you're ready to branch out from skinnies. We also happen to think it's pretty timeless. In fact, our fashion crew is already giving it a whirl, styling it with everything from strappy sandals to loafers to sleek ankle boots. To highlight this must-try denim trend further, we rounded up how fashion people are wearing it now. Keep scrolling for more and to shop the best slim-fit jeans as well.

slim-fit jeans Hailey Bieber


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On Hailey Bieber: Jacquemus cardigan and bra; Levi's 501 Skinny Jeans ($98); Versace shoes; Fallon jewelry; Anita Ko jewelry

Style Notes: Wear yours with a knit-bra-and-cardigan set like Mrs. Bieber did here for a look that's very right now.

slim-fit jeans Kendall Jenner


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On Kendall Jenner: Rokh coat; Eterne Cropped Long Sleeve Thermal ($115); Still Here Childhood Original Classic Blue Jeans ($235); Staud Tommy Beaded Bag ($250); Prada Leather Loafers ($920); Skims Seamless Face Mask ($8)

Style Notes: Kendall Jenner's outfit is proof that the denim works with your simple basics, too. Here, she opted to style her slim-straight jeans with a white tee, loafers, and blazer coat.

slim-fit jeans street style


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Style Notes: When in doubt, double denim will never fail you. Offset the jeans' snug fit by styling them with a slightly oversize denim jacket.

slim-fit jeans Katie Holmes


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Style Notes: If NYC's denim queen Katie Holmes is in on slim-fit jeans, you know it's real. Her full-length pair hits at the perfect length over sleek ankle boots.

Style Notes: Sure, skinny jeans and ankle boots are great and all, but this classic ensemble serves as proof that slim-fit jeans also pair flawlessly with your favorite ankle boots.

slim-fit jeans street style outfits


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Style Notes: A pair of pointed pumps feel unexpected with light-wash jeans, a party-ready top, and a trench coat.

Style Notes: A button-down shirt adds such an elegant feel to TyLynn Nguyen's jeans-and-ankle-boots outfit.

street style slim-fit jeans


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Style Notes: A pretty cardigan works as a light jacket over your summery tops or buttoned up as its own top with the jeans.

Style Notes: A boxy tee and an equally boxy blazer are the perfect pieces to make these slim-fit jeans look a touch more relaxed and lived-in.

Style Notes: Stacks of your best gold jewelry bring a polished finish to light-wash jeans and a simple tank.

Style Notes: In the summer, all you need are a crisp white tank and a fun bag to complete the denim look.

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