Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wearing Skinny Jeans Modestly

Recently I was asked the following question in a comment on a recent post.
I really like the way you wear jeans with modesty and style. I have a hard time finding skinny jeans that, for modesty's sake, aren't actually skin tight on me- and still look good. Do you just have a lucky body type or do you have some tips to share?!
No, I don't have some special, or lucky body type that is able to wear skinny jeans modestly. I am a pear shaped meaning all of my weight goes to my hips and thighs. Which means, all the fashion books and magazines say I should avoid skinny jeans. They say that I will look best in either a trouser cut or bootcut {which I do agree with}, but I have found a couple ways to get away with wearing the skinny jean and modestly too.
Fit & Size

Now, I already struggle with finding pants/jeans that fit me the way I want them to in either the hips, thighs, or waist. But with skinny jeans it is even trickier. Since I don't want the jeans to fit like a second skin, I buy them in at least a size up from my correct size to fit my thighs, and to be "loose" and not skin-tight on me.

Let me give you some examples of how I fit skinny jeans from two different companies for me personally.

F21 Jeans

First off the skinny jeans from Forever 21, which was where I bought my first pair {since they are so cheap} to just try the style out. Since most of their jeans go by the waist measurement it makes it fairly easy to find the perfect size for you. For example: my waist is a size 28. So I buy a size 29 giving me a more looser fit. Except there is one thing that happens when you buy your jeans the next size up. You will have to wear a belt to keep your pants up, otherwise they might not stay up very well. Of course, after a year of washing the jeans they will have shrunk to a smaller size. Meaning I now mostly only wear my F21 pair under tunics, or with longer looser tops now and I don't longer need to wear a belt to help keep them up.

H&M Pants

Alright, I love my two pairs of H&M skinny jeans/pants. It just took me awhile to find the perfect size for me, but now that I know my size it makes it a lot easier to quickly buy a new pair. If I wasn't worried about my jeans being fitted I would wear a size 8. But remember, I want my jeans to be "loose" so I go with a size 10. The size 10 is loose around my thighs, and just fits without needing a belt {which is more than I can say for my F21 ones}. Of course, when I will be doing a lot of walking I will wear a belt, or if I haven't washed them yet 'cause they will stretch out with wear. Now the H&M ones can be very tight if you don't size up enough. Which means you might want to bring in a good number of different sizes in the dressing room when buying a pair for yourself.


Alright, I can't talk for every body type on how to wear skinny jeans modestly. You will need to experiment with a bunch of different tops, tunics, layering, etc... to find out what works for your body type, style, etc... But here are some ways that I enjoy wearing skinny jeans.

School Style

- Interesting top that is on the longer side {covers the rear}
- Oxford Flats (give a nice vintage vibe to any outfit)
- Keeping is simple on the bottom half, but keeping it interesting on the top. {This helps draw attention to the top half of you.}

Parisian Chic

- Short dress, or tunic {I like wearing skinny jeans, instead of leggings under these top of tops/dresses}
- Boots of any kind
- Belt around the tunic/dress {Gives definition to the waist}

Neutral & Girly

- Cardigan {Flowy & loose are my favorite}
- Tank {plain or decorative}
- Dainty Earrings

What are some of your favorite ways to wear skinny jeans? 
Also, if you have any other posts you want me to do like this one let me know!


  1. Love the new blog look! And great styling tips. :-) Skinny jeans are fun to style!


  2. Thanks for the tips. I have a pair of jeans that are on the tighter side, and these tips are helpful with thinking about how to style those jeans well.

  3. Thanks for this post! I was wondering, do you have any tips for getting pants that flatter pear-shaped bodies? I have a tiny waist and large hips, and I have the hardest time getting jeans that flatter me, and that I don't have to wear tunics with all the time! :P


  4. I like the look of leggings or skinny jeans under a tunic or dress. Thanks for the modesty tips!!!

  5. LOVE the new site design! So cute! Thanks for the tips on skinny jeans, I've always been afraid of them!:)

  6. Great tips! I love wearing my skinnies with a long sweater and knee-high riding boots, or cuffed up with ankle booties and (large) dolman top. Skinny jeans are so versatile, no? ;D


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