5 Best Ways to Wear Skinny Jeans if You’re Plus Size

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Most plus-sized women with big thighs tend to stay away from skinny jeans for fear that it would look unflattering on them – on the contrary, hiding under layers of baggy clothing will give the illusion of additional weight.

Women of any shape or size should not hide under loose clothing but should rather experiment with cuts and styles that emphasize their good points.

Also, with the wider variety of plus-sized clothing coming out today, wouldn’t it be a shame to not exercise your creative freedom through fashion?

Here are five beautiful looks from women who fearlessly flaunted themselves in skinny jeans.

1. Pattern Pretty

Plus-size body types still differ in proportion – it’s very important to be aware of areas in your body that need to be accentuated and toned down in order to achieve the body ratio that you desire.

Katorra shows how to wear dark wash skinny jeans if you're plus sizeKatorra shows how to wear dark wash skinny jeans if you’re plus size

Like Katorra of Styled 4 U (blog is no longer available online), pick out dark wash jeans with an angled accent around the ankle to emphasize the hip area, creating a slimming look towards the bottom.

Pair them with a pattern/graphic top to pull the eyes toward the torso. A little pop of color wouldn’t hurt.

Plus size outfit with skinny jeansShop her look: Salsa Plus Size Secret Push-In Skinny Leg Jeans, £95 / Joe Browns Key Largo Vest Top, $59.95 / Merona Women’s Plus-Size Cashmere Blend Cardigan Sweater w/Pockets in Ruby Hill, $49.99 / Jenni Kayne Perforated d’Orsay Flats, $595 / Versace Gold & Crystal MedUSA Charm Earrings, $395 / Studded Double Wrap Saffiano Leather Skinny Belt, $48

2. Accentu-waist

Since learning that dark clothing can create a slimming effect, some plus-sized women tend to douse their closets with black clothing, becoming a uniform of sorts that leaves out the fun in putting outfits together.

Nadia knows that dark clothing can create a slimming effectNadia knows that dark clothing can create a slimming effect

While some do all-black ensembles the wrong way (aka sloppily putting together any dark clothing that they can find), some do it the right way. Pair dark denim with a peplum top to make your torso and legs look slimmer against the hip area.

Like Nadia of Nadia Aboulhousn, wear them with pointed-toe pumps, a scarf, and sunglasses for that 50’s bombshell look.

Plus size ensemble with dark skinny jeansShop her look: H&M+ Skinny Jeans in Black, £24.99 / Plus Size Fix Plus Size Rose Textured Peplum Black Top, $25.99 / Christian Louboutin So Kate, $625 / The Row 7 Cat-Eye Sunglasses, $501 / Balmain Gold-Framed Multicolor Print Scarf, $830 / Nine West Zipper Leather Tote, $199

3. Neon Pop

If you’re not a big graphic print or pattern person, another chic way to draw attention to other parts of the body is to insert little pops of neon here and there.

Moira wears skinny jeans with neon accessoriesMoira wears skinny jeans with neon accessories

Since neon can be pretty loud, even just a little bit in a necklace can go a very long way. Like Moira of Curvy Blog, pair your dark wash/black skinny jeans with a collared top together with your neon accessories.

Throw in a bright cardigan to brighten up your look even more!

Plus size look with skinny leg jeansShop her look: Salsa Plus Size Secret Push-In Skinny Leg Jeans, £95 / Merona Women’s Plus-Size Long-Sleeve Button-Down Shirt in Cream, $27.99 / Merona Women’s Plus-Size Cashmere Blend Cardigan Sweater w/Pockets in Plum, $49.99 / Bita Pourtavoosi POP! Bib Necklace, $330 / Hello Parry Mini Clear Clutch Chain Bag in Neon Yellow, $55 / Shoe Cult Astaire Sandal Black, $78

4. Light Wash

A lot of plus-sized women tend to stay away from light-colored jeans since they can give the illusion of wider legs and bottoms.

However, if you get these simple tips down pat, like Moira of Curvy Blog you’ll find a spot in your closet for these gorgeous faded babies.

First, it is important to get skinny jeans that fit you well. Forget your “normal size” – try on other sizes that fall within your size range and take note of how each one fits.

Moira shows how to wear light colored jeansMoira shows how to wear light-colored jeans

Second, try to stick to mid-rise jeans – low cut ones may be uncomfortable when bending down and high waist ones may look unflattering (though we welcome you to experiment with the latter).

Third, if you’re still not comfortable with light-colored jeans, then long tops are your best friend. Shop with these three in mind and you’ll find a friend in light-washed jeans in no time.

Plus size outfit with light wash skinny jeansShop her look: Old Navy Women’s Plus The Rockstar Ankle-Zip Skinny Jeans in Light Wash, $42 / Simply Be Floral Print Shirt with Dipped Hem, $39.95 / H&M+ Denim Jacket, £29.99 / Stella & Dot Medina Bib Necklace, $89 / Manolo Blahnik BB Pumps, $595 / Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody Leo Flat in Light Turquoise, $325

5. Layer, Layer, Layer

While we don’t recommend giving in to the temptation of covering yourself up with the first baggy sweater you see in your closet, we don’t recommend scrapping it entirely from your wardrobe either.

Nadia wears a chambray shirt with a sweaterNadia wears a chambray shirt with a sweater

In fact, we’ll even encourage you to do some layering. Common belief has it that layering will only make you look frumpy but this is not always the case – layering actually helps break your look down into several smaller areas, making it easier and more interesting for the eyes to look at.

Like Nadia of Nadia Aboulhousn, layer a chambray shirt with a sweater and hop into your skinny jeans. Finish the look with pointed-toe heels for a classy but street-chic look.

Plus size skinny jeans with a chambray shirtShop her look: H&M+ Skinny Jeans, £29.99 / Merona Women’s Plus-Size Long-Sleeve Chambray Shirt in Blue, $27.99 / 1991 Inc. Cats on Cats on Cats Sweater, $79 / Jessica Simpson Calkins in Gun Liquid Met, $89.99 / Forever 21 Well-Traveled Layered Coin Necklace, $9.80 / MICHAEL Michael Kors Over-Size Golden/Cobalt Stainless Steel Channing Chronograph Watch, $275