How to Wear Ankle Boots with Skinny Jeans

by Frances Hall

Skinny jeans are a classic piece that can look good on many body types--despite what you may think. With the right accessories, you can pull them off in high style. An especially hot trend to go with your skinny jeans? Ankle boots. You can use them both to pull off that trendy urban look.

Items you will need

  • Ankle boots
  • Skinny jeans
  • Shirts, jewelry and bags to match the look
Step 1

Pick out your ankle boots. Darker colors will work best, and you can never go wrong with black. Slouchy, flat ankle boots with a round toe will create a cute, younger hipster look. Short cowboy styles with a pointier toe and a very low heel will create a more urban, sleek vibe. For a foxy fashionista look, go for pointy, high-heeled styles.

Step 2

Pair your boots with the right skinny jeans. Do not choose jeans with a waistband that is so tight, your skin bulges over the top. (Go up a size if you have to.) A higher-waisted skinny jean can be very flattering.

Step 3

Choose the right shirt. Skinny jeans and flat, slouchy boots look best with a tunic or a longer, billowy shirt.

Step 4

For a more urban, edgy look, pair the sleek, cowboy-inspired ankle boots with modified vintage T-shirts and vests, short leather jackets or vintage-look blazers.

Step 5

Stick with classic black, white, silver and gold if you're wearing high-heeled ankle boots. Think super-trendy (as in Beyonce), and look for wrap shirts, belted tunics and off-the-shoulder options.

Step 6

Pick a purse: For the slouchy-boot look, go for a hobo bag or other large, colorful purse. To look really fierce with pointy ankle boots, complete the look with an edgy haircut, a popped collar and gaudy '80s jewelry. If you're going for a fashionista mood, keep it classy with a knock-off designer clutch and jewelry that sparkles but isn't flashy.


  • Don't buy skinny jeans that are far too long for you. If necessary, take them to a tailor and have them hemmed with the original jean hem.

Photo Credits

  • Anna Susanne Eriksson/Demand Media

About the Author

Frances Hall is a librarian and writing and women's and gender studies instructor. Hall has written for Her Active Life and Queercents and has been blogging since 2004. Hall holds a Master of Arts in library science from Dominican University and a Master of Arts in English/literature with a focus on feminist writing pedagogy, as well as a graduate certificate in women's and gender studies.