rigid denim
Boyish The Billy Jeans, $168 (rigid denim), available in 16 different washes

As you all probably know by now, I am really not a skinny jeans person. But I do admit to very occasionally, well, doing skinny, BUT my way! And here you can find out how.

And as there are already like zillions of skinny jeans loving influencers, bloggers, Instagram-ers, etc. out there telling you about their featured skinny jeans, I thought you might find it interesting to find out what a non-skinny-jeans-girl suggests.

IF and WHEN I am going for a pair of skinny jeans then there is one fundamental must-have or must-not-have:

The jeans must be of a heavier weight and with little stretch as possible. No more than 2% stretch max. This means absolutely no sticking to my skin. The jeans must look and feel like real denim, and not like some spandex-y jeans leggings, or jeggings, if you prefer.

Another thing is that I always prefer to go one size up instead of sticking to my true size. BECAUSE I really don’t like the feeling of being “caged” into my jeans.

Having pointed out my requirements, and if you are with me in this, see below my favorite choices and where to buy. I have also included my personal experience with the sizing and fit of each jean, so you get a better idea.

black frayed hem skinny jeans

Moussy Vintage Westcliff Skinny Jeans, $350 (98% cotton 2% Spandex) – absolutely feels like real denim and they give very little. If you are in-between sizes, go up to the next size

Levi’s Wedgie Icon Jeans, $98 (100% cotton) – true to size, they give very little, depending on the wash, check out more washes here

hi-rise jeans

AGOLDE Jamie High-Rise Classic Jeans, $188 (100% cotton) – as you wear them, they give a bit, so get your true size

SLVRLAKE Beatnik Jeans, $279 (100% cotton) – I have never tried these on, but I know from our team that the brand runs a bit on the smaller size, so go one size up for good measure. Remember, you don’t want them glued to your body!

plus size jeans

Everlane Original Cheeky Jeans, $78 (98% cotton 2% elastane), size inclusive – I always prefer to go up one size, but if you want them really fitted, you’re ok with your true size. Just be aware that these jeans give very little

cropped skinny jeans

AMO Babe High Rise Stix Cropped Skinny Jeans, $260 (98% cotton 2% elastane) – from when I first tried their jeans a few years ago, I can tell you that the fit is pretty snug and they do not stretch a lot. I suggest going one size up unless you want them – well – SKINNY skinny


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