Coated denim offers the high fashion appearance of leather pants, at a lower price that’s also an ethical choice for animal lovers. Since coated jeans came on the market, we’ve seen this stylish fashion item evolve from a hot trend to an essential denim style in many fashionable women’s wardrobes. I have put together this guide to my favorite ways you can style coated jeans, to help you feel confident about wearing this must-have jean style.

Coated Jeans and Denim Shirt

Denim Shirt
Coated jeans play well with classic denim separates. Photo Credit: GAS Denim

Want a great way to look modern in double denim? Coated skinny jeans are the perfect match for a classic, denim button-down top. Choose dark-coated jeans and a lighter wash of denim shirt for the most slimming overall silhouette. You can tuck your shirt into the jeans and wear this easy, stylish outfit with high heel pumps and a statement bag for office casual days. For casual day chic, layer a chunky sweater over top and slip into a pair of comfortable, metallic ballet flats that pick up on the shine of your pants.

Or keep the fierceness going with high heel ankle boots, as pictured here.

Get more outfit ideas for wearing a denim shirt.

Coated Jeans and (Faux) Fur

Coated Jeans

Here’s another way to rock double denim that works well for date nights. Layer a luxurious, touchable fur coat (real or faux) over an outfit of coated jeans and a denim shirt.

Coated Jeans and Sparkly Top

Sparkly Top
MICHAEL Michael Kors Coated Skinny Jeans. Photo Credit: MICHAEL Michael Kors

When you wear coated jeans for the evening, grab everyone’s attention when you choose separates that play up their shiny appearance. A jacket, cardigan, or tops with a metallic gold or silver finish, such as one embroidered with sequins or glittering beads, is a beautiful complement to coated jeans of any color. A top that features some shine is also a great way to draw attention upward on your body and away from any trouble areas on a larger bottom half.

If you’re body confident, go for lighter coated jeans that show off your womanly curves, such as this great pair by Michael Kors. Or for a more slenderizing effect, you can stick with black coated jeans.

Coated Jeans and Lace Blouse

Coated Jeans and Lace Blouse
Lizeth Skinny Coated Black Jeans. Photo Credit: Lizeth

Leather and lace is not just a Stevie Nicks song lyric — it’s a great style inspiration for how to wear coated jeans now. I love the juxtaposition of a lacy, girlish blouse layered over edgy, leather-look coated jeans. This is a pretty, confident look you could easily wear for cocktails, to a party, or out on a date.

Get more ideas for wearing jeans on date night.

Coated Jeans and Slouchy Sweater

Denim Looker Coated Jeans
Mother Denim Looker Coated Jeans.

Are you more of a guy’s girl than a girly girl? Try playing against the sexiness of leather-look coated jeans by matching them with a slouchy, boyfriend-style sweater. Keep the boy-meets-girl vibe going by wearing this outfit with a pair of easy sneakers and minimal accessories.

Coated Jeans and a White Blouse

Coated Jeans and Plaid Shirt
Citizens of Humanity High Rise Leatherette Jeans.

You’ll look chic for days in an edgy-meets-classic outfit of coated, black skinny jeans worn with a soft, white blouse. This is an outfit that works for the office, but can also be dressed up for date night by adding a few, glamorous accessories.

Coated Jeans and Ultra-Casual Top

Crop Top
J Brand Agnes Coated Skinny Jean.

Coated jeans are naturally expensive looking, so dressing them down with a casual shirt seems effortlessly cool. It’s the same fashion logic behind throwing a beautifully tailored blazer over cuffed boyfriend jeans — the combination of relaxed and dressy is stylish. Try a basic, untucked cotton top, or even a slim-fitting sweatshirt, for a fresh and surprising pairing with coated skinny jeans.

Coated Jeans and Plaid Shirt

Fishtail Sweater
Nasty Gal Coated Skinny Jeans.

This is the cool-girl way to wear coated jeans and look current and casual now. Simply pair a perfect-fitting pair of coated skinny jeans with your favorite plaid shirt, and you’re good to go. Finish your effortless outfit with ankle booties with a wedge or flat sole.

Learn more about what to wear on the weekend – casual jeans outfits.

Shop the Trend: 7 For All Mankind

Harem Style Coated Jeans
7 For All Mankind Women’s Cropped Skinny Jean with Ankle Zip in High Gloss Black. Photo Credit: 7 for All Mankind

Convincingly leather-like and very fitted to the body, these 7 for All Mankind jeans are super-sexy from the mid-rise waistband right down to the cropped hems with edgy, silver ankle zips. Wear them when you want to feel like a vamp.

Shop the Trend: True Religion

I’m a big fan of the True Religion jeans brand, for its high-quality denim construction and attention to fit. Their Halle High Rise Coated Skinny Jeans are sleek, slimming, and incredibly comfortable to wear. Besides being trendy, the high-rise fit is also flattering to most figure types and is great for showing off your waist when you tuck in your top. I do find these jeans fit on the small side, so you may want to buy them in one size up from your usual.

Shop the Trend: Mavi Jeans

The Mavi Jeans brand is one of my personal favorites, for their impeccable fits and premium denim fabrics that rival high-end designer jeans, without the hefty price tag. These coated mid-rise jeans feature a super-skinny fit that can easily be dressed up or down. The coating has a nice sheen that lasts well through many washes if you follow my best practices for washing your jeans.

Shop the Trend: DL1961

DL1961 is a New York City-based brand with a mission to create jeans that fit a modern woman’s body perfectly. These gorgeous coated black jeans fit the bill, with a sleek fit through the legs and a comfortable, medium-high waistband that flatters just about every body shape.



  1. Zachary Tomlinson on

    My friend is looking for stylish attire that she could use when visiting her in-laws. I like your idea of investing in a pair of jeans that can complement your sweater top for a lovely silhouette. Maybe we should look around for a store that sells these around her area.

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