Revelle Blog

22 Best Skinny Jeans For Women

June 1, 2021

Jacqueline Parisi
best skinny jeans for women_revelle

Curvy fit, petite, tummy control, high-waisted, mid-rise, distressed, & light wash.

Behold the little black dress of the jean world. The never-goes-out-of-style cut that pairs just as well with oversized sweaters as fitted tops as raggedy T-shirts: the skinny jean

This slim cut will hug your body from hips to thighs to knees to calves to ankles. It’s the most snug of all the jeans out there, which means it’s often made with material that has some stretch to it (think spandex or elastane). 

And to address the elephant in the room, NO…skinny jeans are not dead, despite what TikTok may be telling you. ICYMI, there’s a debate going on between millennials and Gen Zers on the social platform with the younger generation mocking the 2000s-era style, skinny jeans included. In fact, since January, there have been 274,000 videos tagged “no skinny jeans” and 8.3 million millennial vs Gen Z videos. Because apparently, baggier bootcut and straight leg jeans are what’s “in” now. 

Call us “old,” but we’re not tossing out our skinny jeans any time soon. In fact, we’re celebrating them by rounding up our favorites by category (think curvy, petite, high rise, distressed, etc, etc).

Best skinny jeans for curvy women

There is NOTHING fun about buying and returning and buying and returning over and over (and over) again until you find that perfect pair of jeans. And yet, for us curvy women, that — more often than not — is what we end up doing. And it all boils down to the wild inconsistencies in sizing. For some brands, we’re plus-size. For others, we’re “curvy.” Some jeans don’t leave nearly enough room for our athletic calves, and others leave far too much. Some claim to be “stretch jeans” but are made with fabric that, let us tell you, is anything BUT stretchy. While others are borderline leggings. Sound familiar? SAME. 

Below, our hand-picked selection of top jeans for curvy women.

Made with a stretch blend of cotton, rayon, polyester, and spandex, these high-rise black jeans from Dollhouse will beautifully hug your curves. Front pockets are decorative, back are patch.

Dollhouse Juniors’ Curvy-Fit High-Rise Skinny Jeans_best skinny jeans for women_revelle

Levi’s crafts these curvy, high-rise jeans with a unique sculpting blend of Lycra cotton and hyper-stretch material.

Levi’s Trendy Plus-Size 720 High-Rise Super Skinny Jeans_best skinny jeans for women_revelle

We don’t know about you, but we love ourselves a rolled cuff — it’s the perfect accompaniment to your tried-and-true Converse or Keds.

Indigo Rein Juniors’ Curvy Rolled-Cuff Skinny Jeans_best skinny jeans for women_revelle

When it comes to supportive stretch, it doesn’t get much better than these rugged camo skinnies. They’re made with a comfort waistband and ultra-soft fabric, so if you never wanted to take them off, well, we’d understand.

Levi’s 311 Camo-Print Shaping Skinny Jeans_best skinny jeans for women_revelle

Who’s ready to go big with a bold leopard print? These have an elasticized waist, which makes them that much easier to pull on. Plus, they’re far more likely to remain in place and move with you all day long. 

Seven7 Plus High-Rise Skinny Jeans In Leopard_best skinny jeans for women_revelle

Best skinny jeans for petite women

Calling all petite women…have we got jeans for YOU. Because nothing should come between you and your next perfect pair, especially height. 

These mid-rise skinnies with a 28” inseam are designed for 5’4” and under frames.

Inc Petite Skinny Tummy-Control Jeans, Created for Macy’s _best skinny jeans for women_revelle

Also for 5’4” and under frames (except with a 27” inseam), this classic from NYDJ has the added bonus of Lift Tuck® Technology for extra shaping and sculpting. If you’re in between sizes, we recommend ordering one size down. 

NYDG Petite Ami Skinny Tummy-Control Jeans_best skinny jeans for women_revelle

Fun fact: these slim fit jeans are specially dyed to stay dark for a loooooooooong time (although ICYMI, you shouldn’t *actually* be washing jeans as frequently as you think).

Madewell Petite 10-Inch High Waist Skinny Jeans_best skinny jeans for women_revelle

Best tummy-control skinny jeans

Before we dive into the jeans, let’s address the elephant in the room…everyone (and we mean, everyone) has a tummy…which is so, 100% normal and how it should be. Don’t be fooled by sly camera angles or filters! And can we stop calling it a “muffin top” and instead focus on all the things our healthy, curvy bodies — tummies and all — allow us to do? Next time you find yourself doubting, judging, or criticizing yourself, remember that your body is for LIVING, not for lookin’ at.

All of this is to say that nobody needs tummy-control jeans…at all. But if this slimming cut—which is designed with built-in waistline panels for a smoother silhouette—will help you feel more confident and beautiful in your body, then we’re all for it.

If you combine the sleek look of jeans with the pull-on, stretch comfort of leggings, this is what you get. Mind you, these aren’t jeggings per se, but they do have a pull-on style with a high-rise tummy-toner design that we L.O.V.E. In addition to the two faux front pockets, you’ve got two (real!) back pockets as well.

Seven7 Jeans Plus Tummy Toner Skinny Jeans_best skinny jeans for women_revelle

Medium-hued, triple-stitch, tummy control PERFECTION. 

Inc INCEssential Skinny Jeans with Tummy Control_best skinny jeans for women_revelle

Best high-waisted skinny jeans

Looking for even more high-rise options that stretch up to your ribcage? We’ve got you covered, babe.

With a contoured waistband and advanced stretch material, these Good American jeans are the queen of high rise

Good American Good Legs High-Rise Skinny Jeans_best skinny jeans for women_revelle

Why go high rise when you can go EXTREME high rise? Thank you, Hudson, for giving us this pair of over-achieving jeans. 

Hudson Centerfold Extreme High-Rise Super Skinny Jeans_best skinny jeans for women_revelle

J Brand has dubbed these jeans “polished but cool,” which sounds about right, don’t ya think? They come in white, black, and two shades of blue — all with an ultra high rise of 11.25”. 

J Brand Natasha Sky-High Skinny Jeans_best skinny jeans for women_revelle

These high-rise jeans are cropped, meaning they cut off well above the ankles. They’re also slightly faded for that enviable, lived-in look.

Frame Le High Skinny Crop Jeans_best skinny jeans for women_revelle

Best mid-rise skinny jeans

Sometimes, you want to switch things up with a mid-rise pair of jeans that rests somewhere between the belly button and the hips. We totally get it, and we’ve got some fab recommendations for you. 

Everlane uses fabric with a high elasticity rate, which means you get all the style of a skinny fit but with a touch more comfort. These are just shy of ankle length

Everlane The Authentic Stretch Mid-Rise Skinny Jean_best skinny jeans for women_revelle

Rubberband jeans go the extra mile in the sustainability department with jeans made from organic cotton and REPREVE recycled polyester. These right here are a solid, mid-rise option. 

Rubberband Stretch Ladies Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans_best skinny jeans for women_revelle

Dress ‘em up, dress ‘em down, dress ‘em…somewhere in between. These Guess mid-rise jeans can do it all.

Guess Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans_best skinny jeans for women_revelle

Best distressed skinny jeans

Channel your out-on-the-town, edgy, street-style side with these distressed jeans

The distressed details here are subtle — just a slight rip at the knee along with raw hems.

Pistola Audrey Distressed Skinny Jeans_best skinny jeans for women_revelle

When you combine shredded knees with faded denim, the result is a distressed look that adds an extra oomph to this skinny-leg silhouette.

Mother The Stunner Distressed Skinny Jeans_best skinny jeans for women_revelle

Best light-wash skinny jeans

Don’t want another dark wash pair but also not going for white jeans? Meet somewhere in the middle with a lighter wash.

Opt for “Ontario Summer” for the lightest wash available — it’ll pair perfectly with a white T-shirt or chambray. 

Levi’s Women’s Mile High Super Skinny Jeans_best skinny jeans for women_revelle

Cropped design, frayed finish, AND a pairs-with-everything light blue color? Count. Us. In. 

Mango Crop Skinny Isa Jeans_best skinny jeans for women_revelle

These are on the super skinny, extra snug side. They graze the ankle and come with back patch pockets. 

Topshop Joni Jeans In Bleach Wash_best skinny jeans for women_revelle

Stocked up on skinnies and looking to switch things up? Check out our roundup of the best comfy, relaxed fit mom jeans. And if baggy boyfriend jeans are more your thing — or maybe bootcut jeans? — we’ve got you covered.

Revelle is on a mission to make women feel beautiful in their bodies every day by helping them find clothes that actually FIT, and we only feature products we think you’ll love as much as we do. Please note that the recommended items are based on availability as of the date the article was published. You can always get personalized recommendations by joining our community. Also, if you do purchase something by clicking on a link, we may receive a small commission.


show comments on this post (0)

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Join The Nation

Be a part of the revolution to make every woman feel beautiful.

You may also like

Checking In With Our Founder

How To Style White Jeans: 7 Summer Outfit Ideas

9 Best Black Skinny Jeans

How to Style Cropped Jeans: 11 Outfit Ideas

How To Cut Jeans Into Shorts: DIY Cut Off Shorts

What Your Favorite Pair of Jeans Says About You

How to Style Wide Leg Jeans: 10 Outfit Ideas

Team Revelle’s Summer Favorites: Fashion, Beauty, Podcasts, and More!

10 Best High Waisted Skinny Jeans

How To Style Straight Leg Jeans: 8 Outfit Ideas

10 Best Jeans for Curvy Short Women

Jeans Inspired By The Ladies Of Bridgerton

4 Best Mom Jeans for Petite Women

How To Wear Jeans In The Summer: 7 Summer Outfit Ideas

7 Best Jeans for Narrow Hips

The 5 Best Jeans for Cuffing

4 Best Jeans for Hot Weather

The 6 Best Jeans for Early Pregnancy

4 Best Jeans For A Bloated Stomach

The 5 Best Jeans For Women With Short Torsos

The 6 Best Jeans For Your Straight Body Shape

6 Butt-Lifting Jeans We Love

5 Female Founders We Love

Gabi Mahan, LPC-A Opens Up About Self-Love, Radical Acceptance, & The Importance Of Normalizing YOU

At Revelle, We Prioritize Body Shape Over Size. Here’s Why.

8 Best Jeans For Wide Hips

Questions About Revelle? We’ve Got Answers.

7 Things The Revelle HQ Is Buzzing About This Month [January]

Dispatch From The Founder, New Year’s Edition

8 Best Jeans For Skinny Legs

5 Ways To Style Jeans That Are Too Long

6 Ways To Style Jeans That Are Just A *Tad* Too Short

Revelle’s 2021 Year In Review

6 Ways To Style Gray Jeans

7 Things The Revelle HQ Is Buzzing About This Month [December]

6 Ways To Style Flare Jeans

7 Ways To Style Baggy Jeans

8 Best Jeans For Postpartum Women

How To Wear Knee-High Boots With Jeans: 6 Outfit Ideas

8 Ways To Style A Flannel Shirt With Jeans

7 Things The Revelle HQ Is Buzzing About This Month [November]

8 Best Jeans For Apple-Shaped Women (and why we hate that phrase)

This Month, We’re Giving Our Bodies Some *Extra* Love

Revelle Founder JoAnna Hartzmark Weighs In On Our Biggest Site Update EVER

7 Ways To Style Skinny Jeans This Winter

8 Best Jeans For Hourglass-Shaped Women (and why we hate that phrase)

12 Best-Fitting Jeans For Mid-Sized Women

8 Ways To Style Bootcut Jeans

Washing Dark + Light Jeans Together: Yay Or Nay?

10 Best Jeans For Pear-Shaped Women (and why we hate that phrase)

7 Things The Revelle HQ Is Buzzing About This Month [October]

12 Ways To Style Ripped Jeans

5 Ways To Style Light-Wash Denim

How to Distress Your Jeans: A Step-By-Step Guide

10 Of Our Favorite White Wide Leg Jeans

5 Ways To Stretch Out Your Jeans

7 Things The Revelle HQ Is Buzzing About This Month [September]

10 High-Waisted Wide Leg Jeans We L-O-V-E

8 Tips For Styling Mom Jeans

10 Black Jeans We’re Loving Right Now

6 Best Jeans For Women With Big Butts

Q&A With Revelle’s Social Lead (& Thrift Shopping Guru), Katie Paganelli

On Career Shifts & Building Confidence With Storytelling Coach Carolyn Stine

17 Flattering Blue Jeans For Women In Various Styles & Washes

8 Best Bootcut Jeans For Women

7 Things The Revelle HQ Is Buzzing About This Month [August]

12 Of Our Top Plus-Size Jeans For Women

Q&A With Revelle’s Product Lead (& Classically Trained Actor), Brianne Wilson

12 Best Maternity Jeans On The Market Right Now

How To Wear Ankle Boots With Jeans (+10 of our favorite pairs)

This Is What The Small Pocket On Jeans Is *Actually* For

17 Most Comfortable Jeans In Our Closet

8 Ways To Tell If Your Jeans Fit Properly When You Try Them On

Around The World In Jeans: The Best International Denim Brands (& Styles) By Country

7 Things The Revelle HQ Is Buzzing About This Month [July]

10 Classic Straight Leg Jeans For Women

Representation Should Never Be “Revolutionary”

8 High-Waisted Ripped Jeans We Love

16 Best Jeans Under $100

12 Movies Starring Strong Female Leads

7 Cream-Colored Jeans We’re *Swooning* Over

21 Tweets That Perfectly Encapsulate Our *Complicated* Relationship With Jeans

12 Cropped Jeans We’re LOVING This Summer

7 Things The Revelle HQ Is Buzzing About This Month [June]

The Best Women’s Jeans On Sale Right Now [Updated 6/10]

8 Animal Print Jeans That’ll Spice Up Your Wardrobe Big Time

Discover The Fascinating History Of Women’s Jeans In The U.S.

22 Best Skinny Jeans For Women

Q&A With Social Intern (& Model, & Owner Of A Clothing Line) Madison Whittaker

15 Best Mom Jeans (2021)

8 Best Butt-Shaping Jeans

3 Revelle Updates To Get Excited About

7 Of The Best Travel Jeans For Women

7 Things The Revelle HQ Is Buzzing About This Month [May]

How To Fold Jeans: A Step-By-Step Guide

Q&A With Imani Ribadeneyra, The Marathon-Running, Social Media Maven Behind Revelle

Please Don’t Conflate A Pandemic With A “Creative Retreat”

How To Wear Jeans To Work & Still Look Professional

10 Tips For Buying Jeans Online That Fit (The First Time)

Model-Turned-Poet Ngozi Kemjika Opens Up About Her Self-Love Journey

8 Feminist Podcasts On Gender, Inclusivity, & Body Positivity

10 Best Jeans For Women With Strong, Athletic Thighs & Calves

7 Things The Revelle HQ Is Buzzing About This Month [April]

How To Pull Off The Classic Jean-on-Jean Look

10 Best Tummy-Control Jeans

Cutting Through The Oversimplified Archetype Of “The Parisian Woman”

Q&A With JoAnna Hartzmark, Founder & CEO Of Revelle

How To Properly Wash And Dry Your Jeans

12 Books With Strong Female Characters

12 Best Jeans For Petite Women

7 Things The Revelle HQ Is Buzzing About This Month [March]

Yes, You Can Wear White Jeans In Winter. Here’s How.

Q&A With Samantha Guidoin, Revelle’s Paris-Born, Florida-Bred Graphic Designer

7 Types Of Jeans For Women: A Complete Guide

Navigating Pandemic Pressures Around Weight & Body Image

TikTok Doesn’t Have to be Toxic

The Fitting Room: My Least Favorite Place on Earth

6 Best Jeans For Tall Women

Best Brands for…Small Waists and Big Hips

You Can’t Sit With Us

What’s Your Size?

Does Size Matter?

The Origin Of The Size Chart

Living Life To The Fullest

How To Waste A Life

Clothes Case: Bodysuits

What Our Closets Say About Us (Behind Our Backs, Of Course)

Would You Like To Try A Size Up?

Where Do Brands Get Their Size Charts In The First Place?

Greetings from Revelle

Wait! Love these jeans? Want them in the right size??

Sign up with us first to see our
size recommendation!

Sign up with us first to see our size recommendation!