Skinny jeans are now a staple in the modern man’s wardrobe but should guys wear them and, if so, what shoes can you wear, are they practical in winter and who’s doing it well at the moment? All these questions and more will be answered in this quick guide.
SHOULD GUYS WEAR SKINNY JEANS?
Before we get stuck into how to wear skinny jeans, let’s tackle a common question surrounding this tight fit. In short, guys can definitely wear skinny jeans, but they are better suited to certain builds. We wouldn’t suggest bigger builds wearing tighter jeans, instead you should be heading for slim or tapered fits. Ultimately, there have been plenty of style-conscious men pulling off this silhouette for decades, so there’s no reason for not wearing them now.
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WHAT TO WEAR WITH SKINNY JEANS
So you’ve decided skinny jeans are the fit for you. Now it’ time to get styling them properly. Let’s break the outfit down into tops and shoes, then we’ll move onto season-appropriate styles and more trend-led designs.
TOPS TO WEAR WITH SKINNY JEANS
Skinny jeans are hugely versatile and can be paired with the more casual slogan and printed tees as well as smarter pieces like oxford shirts. For a more contemporary finish, try a longline tee with some double-layering. For a street look, perfect for a night out, go for a plain or printed tee. If you want more of a rock-alternative, try a T-shirt with a distressed effect.
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SHIRTS TO WEAR WITH SKINNY JEANS
If you’re off out for a dinner or club night and want to smarten up, tight jeans are the perfect go-to. Try a plain white oxford shirt, denim shirt (just make sure it’s in a different shade or colour to your jeans) or checked shirt for more of a laid back feel.
WHAT TO WEAR WITH BLACK SKINNY JEANS
Black jeans are one of the most popular shades of skinny jeans and for good reason. Their versatility makes them super easy to pair with almost anything in the top and footwear department. For a rock-ready look try a leather biker jacket, black tee and Chelsea boots. For a street-catered finish match them with a bomber jacket, printed tee and trainers. Finally, for a smart-casual ensemble, grab a plain oxford shirt and some loafers with rolled cuffs and no socks.
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WHAT TO WEAR WITH RIPPED SKINNY JEANS
This is by far the most casual aesthetic you can go for in the tight jeans department. Distressed and ripped jeans are seriously on trend at the moment but are definitely better suited for casual outfits. We wouldn't wear these with anything too formal such as smarter shoes, blazers or smart shirts. Instead go for casual pieces like checked shirts, t-shirts and any less formal jackets.
WHAT SHOES TO WEAR WITH SKINNY JEANS
Once you’ve decided on your top, it’s time to sort your treads. The shoes you go for depend on what you’ve gone for up top and where you’re heading in your new jeans. We’ve broken it down into smarter shoes, trainers, boots and what shoes will do the job in winter.
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BEST SHOES TO WEAR WITH SKINNY JEANS
Let’s start with the smarter shoes you can pair with skinny jeans. To make it super simple for you, we’ve put them in a handy bullet point list, any of these styles will work well with even the tightest of fits.
2. Derby Shoes
BOOTS TO WEAR WITH SKINNY JEANS
Don’t be afraid to go for chunkier footwear with your skinnies. There are definitely some styles that suit them better than others, though. So, to clear any confusion, we’ve put together a quick list to give you some guidance.
1. Chukka boots
2. Desert boots
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HOW TO WEAR BOOTS WITH SKINNY JEANS
Once you’ve chosen the boots, it’s time to get styling them. Chelsea boots are a great go-to for a more classic look with a polo shirt or shirt, Harrington, biker or denim jacket and any wash jeans you’d prefer.
Chukka and desert boots are very similar in their aesthetics and both work really well as part of smart-casual ensembles. We’d suggest some unwashed skinny jeans, a smart checked shirt and a peacoat for the colder months.
TRAINERS TO WEAR WITH SKINNY JEANS
When it comes to trainers, the world is your sartorial oyster. Skinny fits go well with pretty much every style of trainer there is. From classic runners to tennis shoes and hi tops to canvas, it’s all about matching the footwear with the rest of your outfit but there are no rules to follow when pairing trainers with skinny jeans.
SHOES TO WEAR WITH SKINNY JEANS IN WINTER
If the cold weather has arrived and you can’t get away with wearing canvas shoes, loafers and sandals, it’s time to switch up what shoes you’re wearing with your jeans in winter. The best options here are desert boots, Chelsea boots, leather trainers, derby shoes and brogues. Get a couple of these and you’ll be sorted for any occasion you head to.
GUYS WEARING SKINNY JEANS (WELL)
To clear the air on everything we’ve outlined here, we thought we’d give you a collection of photos of men wearing skinny jeans in style. Gain some inspiration from these with our guidance above and you can’t fail.
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