I know they are not for everyone, however I love my black skinnies because they are a versatile addition to my wardrobe; and I’m not a skinny-minnie, I’m 6′ tall and a size 14 – 16. I’ll show you how black skinnies are a great option for over 40’s fashion too; why let young people have all the fun 😉
But don’t disregard black skinnies because you think you can’t rock them. Yes, it’s about balance – black skinnies require you wear clothing that moves and doesn’t cling ‘up top’. And I do wear tops that skim past the top of my thighs – an asymmetrical soft black knit with a leather biker jacket is one favourite. I also wear a crisp white shirt with a faux-fur sleeveless vest or a bohemian-styled gold and black patterned shift with lace panels and full sleeves (another favourite). Trelise Cooper also has totally cool black to mix ‘n match with black skinnies.
Black skinnies are great in the winter worn with biker boots, peep-toe boots, leopard skin boots, and pumps; and I wear my black skinnies with all these types of footwear. I also wear them with loafers and ballet flats in the spring, and sandals, stilettos and wedges in the summer.
Black skinnies are surprisingly versatile as you can dress them up or down. Wear a t-shirt and denim jacket by day or add heels, a chiffon shirt and statement necklace for evening. Natch! So where are the best places to buy black skinnies and some budget-friendly accessories?
I recommend Harlow for sizes 12 -24 as they are Australian designed, Australian owned and have a great range of denim for curves, including skinnies with roomy jackets and tops to complement.
Also try Taking Shape, City Chic, Just Jeans, Jeans West, Witchery (where I buy most of my jeans), H&M, Supre, and Target. And then there are premier brands such as for 7 for All Mankind, Paige Denim, Glue Store, Mavi and Frame Denim.
As I mentioned in my article on Right Fit Jeans, ensure your jeans have 2 – 3 % lycra spandex for comfort and fit. No spandex and you won’t have a comfortable fit. Too much and your jeans will bag and sag. Ugh!
You’ll find great booties, pumps and flats at Target, Nine West, Wittner, Portmans and other high-street brands that always have a good selection of well-priced and on-trend footwear.
In addition to soft knits, crisp white shirts, shift tops and biker jackets, khaki is a great trans-seasonal addition to your wardrobe to wear with blue and black denim plus capri pants and shorts in the warmer weather. And waterfall jackets are wonderfully versatile, and they hide a few lumps too.
This selection is from City Chic and Dotti but also try other high-street brands (many mentioned above) that also sell jeans. Cotton On have some trendy and super-cheap khaki jackets and I saw some cool ones in the General Pants Co. You can also add an inexpensive bag such as one from the ever-changing selection at Colette Hayman.
See, you can add black skinnies to your wardrobe regardless of your age if you style them appropriately.
Have you been avoiding black skinnies? Do you feel differently now? Will you be rocking them any time soon? What are your tips for wearing black skinnies. Please share your thoughts with us.