How Real People Can Get the Skinny Jeans Look

August 19th, 2009

Q:  Skinny jeans are the rage for fall, but some of us aren’t tall and a size 2. How can regular sized folks with a bit of muffin top translate the look?

The Skinny Jeans Look for Real People
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Well said!  Though skinny jeans appear to be ubiquitous, they’re certainly not for everybody (though, I might add, they’re great for women with short legs, as they make their legs look longer and leaner - I promise!).  But if your personal architecture is steering you away from the severe, skinny cut of these pants, you can get a similar look with straight leg jeans.  Straight leg jeans are easier to wear, especially if your figure isn’t as clean as that of a model. 

In order to find the most figure flattering pair of jeans, I look for stretch styles, which help smooth out bumps and other figure imperfections, while maintaining a slim silhouette.  One other tip for finding jeans that flatter "a bit of a muffin top" is to look for jeans with a higher rise, as the muffin top will be less prominent.  Last thoughts?  In order to camouflage any remaining "puffing" out of the jeans, look for a top that blouses out at the point where it overlaps with the jeans.  Here’s how to get the look of skinny jeans for Real People:

1. Start with a pair of straight leg, stretchy jeans for a figure flattering yet slim silhouette.
2. Add a voluminous blouse on top for a big-over-small look.  Note how the blouse skims over your middle, creating the appearance of a slim figure regardless of your personal architecture.
3. Skinny jeans are traditionally paired with booties, pumps, or flats.  Here, we’ve paired these straight jean replacements with a fun pair of yellow flats to keep the outfit youthful in spirit. 
4. Finish off the outfit with your favorite handbag or clutch.  This straw bow clutch (and the entire outfit) will take you to a outdoors get-together with friends.

How would you translate the skinny jeans look for real people? Share your style with us in the comments!

Entry Filed under: Q&A,Ready Made Outfits,Women,Women's

8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. JenX  |  August 20th, 2009 at 5:58 am


    skinny jeans is a popular topic here at omiru.

  • 2. Sal  |  August 20th, 2009 at 6:30 am

    Yes! YES! Those of us blessed with curves do far better with straightlegs than actual skinnies.

    I love to wear my straightlegs with long, slim tunics since anything billowy looks downright awful on my

  • 3. Trisha  |  August 20th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Great look, Sal! I love the bright red color. So pretty!

  • 4. Trisha  |  August 20th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Yup, we tend to get a lot of questions about skinny jeans, so we write about them accordingly. Any other trends that you want to hear about?

  • 5. Becca  |  August 21st, 2009 at 9:25 am

    I love that outfit! I have my straight-leg jeans on right now, actually. I wear them all the time – they’re surprisingly versatile. I definitely like a fuller top or long cardigan with them to hide the muffin top and I usually wear ballet flats or flat sandals since I’m pretty tall, but they look kind of rockin’ with black converse too. The jeans also look really cute rolled up into a mid-calf length.

  • 6. Possessionista  |  August 22nd, 2009 at 4:49 am

    I think the key to skinny jeans is to think of them as LEGGINGS. Never wear anything with skinnies that you wouldn’t wear with leggings.

    That means opt for a looser top and stay away from chunky shoes which can make your legs look short and stout.

    No one wants to look like a little teapot.
    XO The Possessionista

  • 7. Brandy  |  September 12th, 2009 at 5:52 am

    I started wearing skinny jeans a few years ago and I still love them. They are perfect for so many occasions and there are so many ways to combine them.

  • 8. Shannon  |  October 10th, 2009 at 9:19 am

    i disagree with wearing a billowy blouse on top; the fullness of your top half will look ridiculous as the eye travels down the body and the smallest point is at your ankles. It will only make your thighs look huge, and your top half look huger. I suggest a close-fitting shirt/cami layered underneath a fitted sweater or v-neck cardigan, maybe worn with a skinny belt. This way your “muffin top” is hidden while the smallest point of your waistline is accentuated.

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