Kate Middleton, Miley Cyrus and More Demonstrate How to Make Skinny Jeans Not Basic

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Sick of wearing the same outfit? We feel you.

As it gets colder winter can be a drag to dress up for. To make mornings less painful, let's rethink the easiest, no-brainer piece you have in your closet -- the skinny jean. 

The denim staple is the one item you can effortlessly throw on without much thought, and you've probably been wearing it in rotation this season. The versatile jean can be worn for any occasion from day to night -- with a sweater, coat and boots for day or a flirty satin top and heels for night. 

Thus, breathe new life to the beloved essential with of-the-moment styling tips we're copping from stylish celebs like Kate Middleton, Miley Cyrus, Gemma Chan and more. 

See their covetable ensembles ahead and shop our picks to channel their looks. 

Kate Middleton 

The Duchess of Cambridge stepped out looking outdoorsy-chic while visiting King Henry’s Walk Garden in London on Tuesday. Middleton opted for olive green skinny jeans (from Zara, no less!) instead of the usual blue. She paired with a matching tweed sports coat and lace-up combat boots for a monochrome result that's in the mood for chilly weather. 

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Rebecca Minkoff olive green tweed jacket
Rebecca Minkoff

Rebecca Minkoff Merilee Jacket $348, Sale $209

Zara olive green skinny jeans

Zara Cigarette Pants $40

Steven by Steve Madden suede hiking bootie

Steven by Steve Madden Grenada Hiking Bootie $129

Miley Cyrus 

The newly hitched singer was adorable in the tried-and-true combo of fitted turtleneck and skinny jeans. Cyrus played off the light blue tone of her denim with a coordinating Dior logo knit and Prada satin-silk bag, but we love how she offset the look with stark white booties -- the shoe trend that's here to stay well into spring.  

Miley Cyrus in NYC on 12/12
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Everlane blue turtleneck

Everlane The Pima Stretch Turtleneck $30

J Brand light wash skinny jeans
J Brand

J Brand Maria High-Rise Super Skinny in Lightyear $228

Raye white booties

Raye Landon Boot $178

NST blue printed satin bag
NST Studio

NST Studio Silk Cloqué Knot Bag $175

Gemma Chan

So cozy! The Crazy Rich Asians actress proved casual comfy doesn't appear sloppy. Topping off a soft sweatshirt and denim with a fluffy colored teddy coat elevates the outfit, which calls for a nubby beanie and cool-girl high-top sneakers for additional comfort and warmth. (Makes for a fantastic airport getup, too!) 

Gemma Chan skinny jean outfit
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Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific green faux fur coat
Nordstrom Rack

Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific Plus-Size Faux Fur Coat $249, Sale $100

Calvin Klein sweatshirt

Calvin Klein Monogram Crew Neck Sweatshirt $70

Madewell curvy high-rise skinny jeans

Madewell Curvy High-Rise Skinny Jeans in Hayes Wash $128

Vans red high-top sneakers

Vans Canvas SK8-Hi in Formula One $65

ASOS blue beanie

ASOS Design Rib Turn Up Beanie $13, Sale $10 

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley 

We can always count on the Rose Inc. founder to put a supermodel off-duty spin on the skinny jean. A black silk blouse may be simple, but when accessorized with the right pieces -- pointed-toe slouchy boots, leather belt, chained cross-body bag and gold jewelry -- it can gussy up the wearable ensemble. 

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley skinny jeans and slouchy boots
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Banana Republic black silk shirt
Banana Republic

Banana Republic Dillon Classic-Fit Washable Silk Shirt $109 

Levi's dark wash plus size jeans

Levi's 311 Plus-Size Shaping Skinny Jeans $70

Old Navy cognac leather belt
Old Navy

Old Navy Faux-Leather Belt $15

Express slouchy suede boots

Express Slouch Heeled Booties $88, Sale $41

Sam Edelman black leather crossbody bag with gold chain

Sam Edelman Devon Small Messenger Bag $168

Etsy letter necklace

Etsy Gold Bamboo Initial Necklace $23

Lucy Hale

The Truth or Dare star went for a classic look with a twist thanks to her leopard booties. The animal print footwear amps up the timeless camel sweater and denim pairing for a trendy flair. 

Lucy Hale in camel sweater and skinny jeans
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J.Crew camel cashmere crew neck sweater

J.Crew Three-Quarter Sleeve Everyday Cashmere Crewneck Sweater $98

Citizens of Humanity exposed button fly skinny jeans

Citizens of Humanity Olivia Exposed Fly Jeans $228

Target leopard print bootie

A New Day Valerie Microsuede City Ankle Fashion Boots in Leopard $35

AWE pendant gold necklace

AWE Teardrop Pendant Necklace $160

Aimee Song

The mega-influencer is giving us every reason to break out our white jeans for winter. Keep with the theme by tucking a white tee and layering on a cream-colored ribbed cardigan for more coverage. Finish off with a brown coat to set the tone and neutral snakeskin lace-up booties to lend a touch of edge and texture. 


LNA v-neck white tee

LNA Riva Cotton Tee $88, Sale $35

Gap cream colored cardigan

Gap Textured Open-Front Cardigan Sweater $35

H&M white skinny jeans

H&M Skinny High Ankle Jeans $10

Babaton brown wool coat

Babaton Stedman Wool Coat $298, Sale $250

Public Desire snakeskin lace-up booties
Public Desire

Public Desire Spectrum Lace Up Ankle Boots in Snake Print $60

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