There has been much talk about the death of the skinny jean of late. There’s no doubt that the classic rigid cut has surpassed it in terms of fashion clout, but can we really wave goodbye to such a weekend wardrobe staple?
Let Sienna Miller offer some sartorial guidance. The actress took to New York streets in a pair of stonewashed grey Frame skinnies yesterday, but managed to make the style, which is neither the colour or shape du jour, still relevant.
A certain amount of fashion maths is involved when attempting such an apparently effortless off-duty look. Note how Miller has paired her skinnies with a billowing, oversized shirt which she's casually half-tucked . The open-neck of the shirt also acts as a focal point away from the form-fitting denim.
Next, cast your eyes down to Miller's ankles. She's rolled up the hem so that at least two inches of her ankles are showing. That flash of skin is all-important for getting a flattering spring effect.
Two more styling tips to bring your skinnies bang up-to-date. Snip the hems to give a frayed finish (trust us it’s what all the fashion insiders are doing). And wear with white trainers, à la Sienna. The actress’s pumps are the trusty Supergas that you probably wore in our teens, proving that it’s still OK to wear plimsolls and skinnies in your mid-thirties (the mother-of-one is 34). Just do your fashion maths first.
3 skinny styles which aren't too clingy
The style worn by Sienna - Frame's Le Luxe Noir style has a cashmere feel, which is not only ultra comfortable, but makes the edges easier to fray than rigid denim.
Frame Le Luxe Noir mid-rise skinny jeans, £225, Matches Fashion
We've road tested A LOT of denim and can confirm that, alongside Paige, J.Brand's jeans give the best butt.
J.Brand 811 mid-rise skinny jeans, £200, Net-a-Porter
Fading or frayed hemlines around the ankle make for a worn-in look, and save you wielding the scissors yourself.