5 Expert Tips to Actually Find Perfect-Fitting Skinny Jeans

If you’re a skinny-jean enthusiast (like I am), your denim drawer is probably stocked with a variety of the slim-fitting denim. But do you have that perfect pair yet? If you don’t, we’re here to help you get one step closer to uncovering that ideal cut with a few skinny-jean fit tricks to keep in the back of your mind next time you’re shopping.

Sure, everyone’s style and body types are different, but after we caught up with Emma Grede, the CEO and co-founder of Good American (which prides itself in designing flawless-fitting denim), and Shopbop’s fashion director, Caroline Maguire, it quickly became evident that there are a few general tips that could help you actually find those perfect-fitting skinny jeans. We rounded up their five expert tricks for you below, along with some of the best skinnies from Good American—which has a fresh range available on Shopbop right now. You can also keep on scrolling to shop other flawless skinny jeans that are worthy of a little add-to-cart action as well.

“Always look for high-rise skinny jeans. My favorite pair are my Good American Good Waist skinny jeans because of their super-high waist. The fit is so flattering, and you can pair it with any top for a casual or put-together look.” — Emma Grede

“Because skinny jeans are such a closet staple in any wardrobe, it’s important for them to be stretchy and hold their shape from wear to wear, allowing you to wash them less and preserve the fabric.” — Grede

“A gap-proof waistband is another crucial aspect of great-fitting skinny jeans because there’s nothing worse than pulling on pants and feeling exposed by an ill-fitting waistband. Also, every woman seems to pull up her jeans by grabbing on to the waistband and shimmying in. (We’ve all done it!) For this reason, it’s important to find jeans that have reinforced belt loops that won’t snap under pressure.” — Grede

“Find a favorite wash. The wash on a jean completely changes the look of a given style.” — Caroline Maguire

“Know the right rise and inseam for you. Everyone’s body is different, so I recommend trying multiple pairs to find the most flattering and comfortable dream denim style.” — Maguire

Grede went on to mention that sizing tools (like Good American’s online tool) are worth checking out if you order online and don’t want to gamble with the wrong size.

Everyone can use a pair of black skinny jeans in their arsenal.

Don’t be afraid of slight distressing to bring a cool twist to your look.

Colored jeans are coming back, and these rose-colored skinnies will catch all the compliments.

The button-front detail gives these frayed black skinnies a little something extra.

A little distressing at the knee never hurt anyone, right?

These skinnies have just the right amount of whiskering for that lived-in feel.

Snakeskin print continues to be one of the biggest trends of the season. Go bold with the pattern in denim form this winter.

If you want a slightly looser pair of skinnies, this high-rise pair is for you.

Team these classic skinnies with sneakers, heels, flats, or anything else really.

You can legit wear these classic skinnies for a multitude of occasions.

You just might want to live in these lightweight, cool skinnies. And that’s okay.

Introducing your new off-duty favorites.

Want the look of leather without actually wearing it? Try these coated black skinny jeans as a chic alternative.

Check out Good American’s Open Casting initiative for a chance to star in the brand’s next campaign with Khloé Kardashian.

Next, cool skinny-jean outfits that won’t feel dated this year.

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