8 "Basic" Skinny-Jean Outfits That Actually Look Pretty Expensive

Despite what the peanut gallery may say, skinny jeans are in no way dead. Sure, they may skew on the more polarizing side of the denim spectrum, but I’d consider them a classic at this point. I actually live in black skinnies on a regular basis. If you too consider them a staple, you probably have a few go-to outfits you regularly wear with them. While I’d never tell you to shy away from your uniform, the fashion community is actually filled with a range of fresh skinny-jean outfits if you want a refresh this fall.

And what’s particularly noteworthy is that many of the looks in question seem to be “basic” in theory (as in, they’re not made up of a ton of elaborate pieces) but actually look quite high-concept. To show you what I mean, I curated a range of fashion girls wearing simple, expensive-feeling (designer accessories aside, of course) skinny-jean ensembles. Keep scrolling to uncover your new go-to ’fit, and shop each look with under-$200 staples as well.

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Adding a trench coat to any outfit—including a sweater, cropped skinnies, and flats look—will always feel timeless and inherently elevated.

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Add a moto jacket to a skinny-jean fit for that fancy “downtown” vibe.

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Upgrade those go-to distressed skinny jeans with bold tailoring like a slouchy blazer for a sophisticated moment.

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Going for denim on denim is quite directional and posh in darker denim hues. Add heels and you’re all set.

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A sweater set or colorful cardigan will bring a playful twist to skinny jeans—and comes across as so luxe and cool.

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You can’t deny the power of adding an intricate blouse into a jean outfit for an upgraded statement.

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Similar to the idea of adding a moto jacket to your look, all of the popular leather-like separates out there in the market right now will also enhance a light-wash skinny-jean ensemble.

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Skinny jeans paired with an oversized sweatshirt is seemingly simple, but if you choose a pullover that’s vibrant and eye-catching, you’ll up the ante for a fashion-froward feel.