JEAN-IUS! The secret formula that shows why Kate is right to challenge the skeptics and stick to her favorite skinny denim, writes ELIZA SCARBOROUGH

Skinny jeans have divided opinion for years, with Gen Z and some fashion insiders declaring that form-fitting denim is officially over.

Yet today the Nineties throwback – first made famous by Kate Moss in 2005 – is clinging to the calves of celebrities and models on the catwalk and experiencing a polarizing revival.

After a decade of loose-leg comfort, where the dominant denim styles were both wearable and comfortable, skinny silhouettes are trickling into all new season collections, from Miu Miu to Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen.

There may be skeptics, but the Princess of Wales is certainly not one of them. She’s known for her impeccable coats and pointed pumps, but Kate Middleton is also a pro when it comes to something you might not necessarily expect from a future queen: jeans.

Catherine, Princess of Wales, visits Dowlais Rugby Club during a two-day visit to Wales last year
Catherine, then Duchess of Cambridge, visits Basildon Sporting Village in 2018
Jeans genius and creator of her eponymous denim brand, Donna Ida, says ‘the Princess of Wales has a timeless, beautiful style’
Kate brought her khaki jeans, probably from Zara. She has been wearing them to public events for a while now
Catherine, Princess of Wales visits the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team in Merthyr Tydfil,

She has remained true to skinny jeans throughout her royal life and has shown the value of staying true to your own personal style by keeping them as a wardrobe staple.

She’s never turned her back on the slim silhouette, she’s played with straight legs and flirted with wide legs, but with her 6-foot frame, the skinny jeans give her body shape, structure and shape in a way that other denim styles don’t .

“The Princess of Wales has a timeless, beautiful style,” says Donna Ida, hailed as a denim genius and the creator of her eponymous denim brand.

‘She has beautiful legs and the skinny jeans fit so well and accentuate her shape. It’s always great to celebrate great features.”

From Kate’s student days at St. Andrews to royal tours and family Christmas cards, the princess favors dark washes, in deep indigo or brown tones, and her favorite styles include Zara’s high fits, Alana waist cinchers J Brand of Frame’s Le High Skinnies.

“She’s a woman on the go and so busy. The skinny jean, a quick and easy style to run around in, is perfect,” says Donna Ida.

‘Skinny jeans are comfortable and chic, and they look and feel great too.’

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from Princess Catherine’s royal wardrobe over the years, it’s that she knows what suits her and sticks to it, putting personal preference over trends.

“The style suits the lifestyle of the Princess of Wales as it is both stylish and practical for a mother with young children,” says Lesley Torson, founder and buying director of Trilogy, where Kate buys much of her denim.

‘With the return of the ballet pump, slim jeans are the perfect styling combination for a smart casual look, offering a silhouette that is easy to wear both casual and casual.’

Jeans are a staple in every woman’s wardrobe, and royal ladies have proven that they are no different.

While nothing turns heads like a custom designer dress, that doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate a good understated look, which makes denim look polished and timeless yet scream approachability.

While the nation depends on the royal family for stability, Kate has remained committed to a winning daytime ensemble formula and skinny jeans are her favorite.

Making her first return to social media since undergoing major abdominal surgery earlier this year, she was photographed with her kids in her favorite skinny denim for Mother’s Day, and as tension grew between the Cambridges and Sussexes, Kate refused to spill the beans. let it temper. her style spirit remains a true denim lover.

“We always get a great response when Kate buys and wears things from Trilogy, like her Mother Dazzler jeans,” denim guru Lesley Torson told us.

‘Skinny jeans have always been a staple in every woman’s wardrobe and the traditional skinny jeans have now transitioned to slimmer legs that flatter and elongate the leg.

A must-have in every denim lover’s wardrobe. It suits all body shapes and creates a slim and stylish silhouette that shows off the legs.

Jade Holland Cooper, founder and CEO of the quintessentially British brand Holland Cooper, which considers the Princess of Wales a loyal fan, agreed:

“Regardless of their revival, our Jodhpur Jeans have always remained one of our most popular products within the brand since the very beginning.”

A testament to their popularity is their extraordinary ability to seamlessly handle any look, from day to night.

Not only are they versatile and flattering for all women, but they are also practical, and this is something I will always incorporate into our collections. Skinny jeans are here to stay, and I have no interest in chasing fashion trends.”

The 2024 era of skinny jeans could look very different from the ultra-tight and low-rise styles we came to know in the 1990s, with brands modernizing trends for today’s consumers, but Donna Ida still believes the slim silhouette is a is a classic that has never gone out of fashion. style as the loyalty of the Princess of Wales has shown.

‘Skinny jeans are a permanent trend. They are classic, stylish and refined.’

Mom jeans

It didn’t take long for Kate to don her favorite denim again and just six weeks after Princess Charlotte was born.

Kate paired her skinny Topshop jeans with a Breton Me&Em top six weeks after Princess Charlotte’s birth

She wore her skinny Topshop jeans and showed off her enviable figure in the polo. Paired with a Me & Embreton top and Sebago loafers, she dressed up with her wardrobe basics.


Arriving at her first official engagement, five weeks after Prince George’s birth.

In 2013, Kate managed to combine her love for skinny jeans with these jeans from Topshop’s maternity range

Kate looked radiant without the slightest sign of baby fatigue in a green tweed Ralph Lauren hacking jacket, loose Zara top with geometric pattern and Topshop maternity jeans.


Princess Kate swapped workout clothes for skinnies and attended a training session at the London Marathon.

Kate wore her favorite dark wash denim jeans to the Heads Together London Marathon Training Day in 2017

She wore her favorite dark wash denim and added a pop of color with a Perfect Moment quilted jacket.

Color Clear

Experimenting with color instead of the usual dark washes, Kate welcomed the Olympic flame in patriotic skinny jeans.

Kate wore these cobalt denim jeans from Zara for the Olympic Torch relay that passed through Buckingham Palace in 2012

Zara’s sassy cobalt denim was paired with her favorite Stuart Weitzman wedges and a Team GB polo top.

tucked in

Who says you need a royal budget to dress like a princess?

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge visits Sayers Croft Forest School, Paddington Recreation Ground, London in 2018

Kate has been a long-time fan of Zara’s denim offering and has often been seen in their jeans, such as the moto-style pair she wore while visiting Sayers Croft Forest School.

Versatile denim

For her outdoorsy looks, Kate often turns to J Brand’s 811 navy blue twill style, dressing them up with a Barbour jacket on the beach in St. Andrews.

Kate was seen in J Brand’s 811 navy blue twill style when she visited St Andrews in 2021

The versatile style has also been spotted on other occasions with wedges and a blazer.

Country chic

Kate’s style file when attending royal country activities is an ode to the classic skinny jeans and when surprising scouts in Glasgow.

Kate in her classic dark wash skinny jeans, teamed with her Ganni gilet and her Chloe boots

Kate wore hers with a Ganni waistcoat and See by Chloé boots. Her jeans were the perfect choice for a casual and down-to-earth outdoor ensemble.


Princess Kate looked effortless in skinny jeans and Veja sneakers for a sporty appearance at the Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre.

Kate Middleton owns the MOTHER ‘The Dazzler’ mid-rise straight leg jeans in dark denim.

She turned to her trusted wardrobe staple: Mother’s blue mid-rise jeans, cut just above her ankle, and paired them with a structured cobalt blazer from Zara.