What Are Tapered Jeans?

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Tapered jeans nip in at the ankles but allow for more movement than traditional skinny cuts.
Tapered jeans nip in at the ankles but allow for more movement than traditional skinny cuts. (Image: Drimafilm/iStock/Getty Images)

It’s hard to deny the style power of a perfect pair of skinny jeans, but sometimes you just want a little more wiggle room. Like skinnies, tapered jeans narrow as they reach the ankle. But they are a bit roomier on top than the typical skinny jean, which makes them both flattering and comfortable for men and women alike.

Choose the Shoes

Choose a pair of tapered jeans in any number of cuts, including high-waist, low-rise, slim or baggy styles. Nearly any shoe style works for guys wearing tapered jeans; opt for canvas tennis shoes or classic suede bucks for a cool but laid-back look. Options for women include ballet flats or pumps. Or wear a pair of boots with tucked-in tapered jeans to up your style savvy -- and take full advantage of the flattering fit.

Determine the Top

A slim leg demands a fuller top for balance and proportion. When your tapered jeans are fitted throughout, choose a flowy blouse or tunic to complement the slimness. A shirt and blazer combo complements tapered jeans on men and women. The layers create subtle volume to balance the narrowness at the ankles.

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