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


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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


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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.


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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.


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


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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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Style Notes: Bring instant polish to light-wash jeans with an elegant blazer and sleek turtleneck.

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.