Color counts. Skinny jeans come in tons of colors, but dark-hued washes tend to look best. Pick a darker shade -- it creates a slimming effect and flatters curvier hips and thighs.
Try them on. Denim fit varies greatly across brands, so use the size tag as a general guideline. Slip into skinnies before you buy them -- they should fit snugly around the hips and bottom without pinching or squeezing. The waist should hit below your belly button. Choose a pair with some stretch -- the added spandex hugs you in all the right spots and stretches where you need it to.
Get the length right. Pants that are too long or too short don't do you any favors. When it comes to the skinny style, a little extra length on the bottom can be flattering -- a bit of scrunch around your heels or flats is stylish and makes jeans look more like jeans than leggings.
Pair them with the perfect top. Proportion is key when wearing skinny jeans -- balance out the tight fitting bottoms with a more voluminous top. A flowy top looks fab paired with skinnies -- think dolman sleeves or a loose, banded waist style that hits at your hips. A longer length jacket, cardigan or tunic top with a fitted silhouette is also slimming -- make sure it hits you a bit below the hips. Avoid short or super snug tops.
Complete your look with fabulous footwear. Ballet flats are a cute casual look for daytime -- and comfy to boot! Heels, however, can lengthen your legs and add some serious sexy to your curves. High-heeled pumps or a heeled knee-high boot can make skinny jeans date-night appropriate.