Jeans and trousers that are tapered all the way down to the ankle, either very tight or less tight like straight legs, made a comeback almost ten years ago as a nod to ‘80s fashion. It was a revolutionary change at the time because bootcuts and wide legs had been dominating the fashion scene for quite a while. The consensus was that they were a fad and wouldn’t be popular for long. Well, we couldn’t have been more wrong about the longevity of this trend. Skinnies and straight legs went mainstream fairly quickly. Today they are as popular as ever, and for good reason.

A few years back, roomier boyfriend jeans became the more trendy jeans option and have since also gone mainstream. This pushed skinnies and straight legs out of the fashion spotlight. But they have remained popular and the jeans silhouette that was once revolutionary is feeling more and more like a new modern classic.

Like all modern classics, skinnies and straight legs can still be on-trend choices when they are worn in a fashionable way. Here are a few ways to do that:

  • Wear them tailored instead of body con, or even more roomy to create a streamlined boyfriend jeans effect.
  • Roll the hems.
  • Tuck them into mid-calf boots.
  • Wear high-waisted skinny jeans with roomy cropped or tucked tops.
  • Wear cropped skinnies without hem rolls, and paired with high-vamped, heeled footwear.

There is something special about a modern classic that keeps its fashionable integrity. Button-down shirts and turtlenecks worn in fluid and oversized fits with just enough structure are other examples. Of course, there may come a time when we once again regard skinnies or straight legs as unfashionable choices, but right now that’s hard to imagine.