The fashion pack has been favoring straight- and wide-leg jeans of late, but, as for the celebrity set, they remain collectively loyal to one denim style in particular: skinny jeans.
While boot-cut styles still reigned supreme over the course of the late '90s and early Noughties, it was in 2005 that trousers began to taper, and skinnies became the denim order of the day. The tighter they were, the better—so much so, the desired look was as if they'd been sprayed on. We wore them during the day with ballet pumps and coats, them after dark with camisoles, relishing every outing in our Topshop Jamies.
Gradually though, we started to reinstate wider-leg styles back into our wardrobes and, although we'd still dig out our skinnies from time to time, they simply didn't hold the same outfit prowess they once did.
However, it seems celebrities still can't get enough of skinny jeans—we continuously see stars wearing them on the street, at Fashion Week and at swanky industry events alike, and it got us thinking: perhaps it's time to give the skinny jean some 2018 love.
From Alexa Chung and Sarah Jessica Parker to Sienna Miller and Meghan Markle, keep scrolling to see the best celebrities in skinny jeans looks, which we guarantee will inspire you to dust yours off.
Style Notes: Alexa combats the NYC chill in a suitably cool aviator jacket and AG Jeans skinnies.
Style Notes: Jessica Alba looks chic as she wears a shirtdress open over cropped skinny jeans and a plain white tee.
Style Notes: Use black staples to give light skinny jeans a cool contrast, just like Jourdan Dunn.
Style Notes: Camel coat, white tee, blue skinny jeans, and black boots—outfits don't come more classic than Kate Bosworth's Calvin Klein ensemble.
Style Notes: Emma Stone's J.W.Anderson stripe knit, light-wash Rag & Bone skinny jeans, and black boots are a masterclass in casual dressing.
Style Notes: If Marion Cotillard says skinny jeans are chic, who are we to argue? Particularly when they're styled with a red stripe Breton and shoulder-robed leather biker.
Style Notes: Emily Ratajkowski gives her classic skinnies a feminine flourish with a ruffle blouse, satin heels, and a tassel clutch.
Style Notes: Proving that skinnies work just as well after dark, too, Ashley looks incredible in her black number, which she's paired with a navy blazer and sheer top.
Style Notes: Sienna Miller's off-duty wares inspire us just as much as her red carpet looks, and we fully intend on replicating this bomber jacket–and–skinny jean duo this weekend.
Style Notes: Adriana Lima looks sleek in top-to-toe black, with her J Brand skinny jeans acting as the perfect base for her standout puffer and heels.
Style Notes: Ripped skinnies look best paired with basics, with Kendall's longline duster, white tee, and black patent boots serving as proof.
Style Notes: Yes, even royals can't resist the allure of the skinny jean. Meghan Markle wore this Outland pair countless times during the course of her official tour to Australia, so, if you fancy a pair, you best add your name to the waiting list.
Style Notes: We can always count on Kate Moss to give good skinny jean style, as evidenced by how she's tucked hers into knee-high boots and finished with a glam faux-fur coat. We bow down.
Style Notes: Emilia Clarke gives her skinnies a directional overhaul with white wooden-heel wedges and an asymmetric blazer.
Style Notes: Lupita Nyong'o takes the classic approach by styling her J Brand skinny jeans and Chelsea boots with a timeless khaki trench coat.
Style Notes: Olivia Palermo takes on winter in her typically chic style, as she gives her standout coat a casual spin with ripped AG Jeans skinnies and studded biker boots.
Style Notes: Bella Hadid nails elevated off-duty style in her Levi's skinny jeans, off-the-shoulder knit, and gingham heels.
Style Notes: Invest in a rich indigo skinny jean like Iskra Lawrence, as they can be dressed up or down with the change of your shoes.
Style Notes: Wearing her go-to uniform of a checked blazer, skinny jeans, sunglasses, and courts, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley proves less is indeed more.
Style Notes: This look may be standout, but there's no denying that Winnie Harlow wears her white skinny jeans well. Really well.
Style Notes: Sarah Jessica Parker knows the easiest way to dress up your skinny jeans is with a fabulous pair of heels. Carrie would be proud.
Style Notes: Victoria Beckham expertly uses a pair of green (yes, green) boots to lift her otherwise black outfit, all courtesy of her own brand. This, ladies, is a master at work.
Style Notes: Eleanor Tomlinson perfects tonal dressing in her gray coat and skinny jeans, finishing with classic black accessories.
Style Notes: Gigi Hadid effortlessly pairs her blue skinnies with on-trend leopard boots and a graphic tee.
This post originally appeared on Who What Wear UK.
Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over twelve years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories, and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, works closely with influencer talent on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media. Previously, Maxine appeared on TV in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.
Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship, she was offered a position on the Look magazine fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. She went on to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others. Maxine works remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh.
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