Am confident these are now a classic.

The good old coated black skinnies.  And I say old, as these have been around for years now.  For so long in fact, I would say that we can now call them a classic.  Without a shadow of a doubt, these are my must have for the A/W season, as they have been for pretty much as long as I can remember.

They work for every single occasion.  Punchy statement, but I'm going to stand by it. 

Perfect for nights out, super easy to throw on every day and I've even worn mine to rugby training.  Not to mention for walking the dog - as random at it sounds, these are the trousers you need.  Wipe down so any splashes of mud disappear in a second and skinny so ideal for wearing with wellies.  I'm not sure I can think of another pair of trousers that are so versatile. 

What do I wear mine with?  Well that will be anything.  Oversized jumper - check, tee for every day - check, silk blouse for evening with velvet or sequin jacket - check - honestly, there isn't an occasion that these won't work.  With ankle boots, stilettos, heeled sandals, wellies, loafer or sneakers, these are your jeans substitute.  I will return shortly with my reasoning for why I need a jeans substitute but with a pair of coated skinnies in your wardrobe, you will never look back.

And I'm going straight in with my favourites. 

I have three pairs that I absolutely love, one of which are the black waxed Boden skinnies.  Now they appear to have changed the name from last year, but they do look exactly the same.  Only slight issue that I appear to not be able to find mine.  Does this happen to anyone else?  Seriously - where the hell can they be? I've lost these and a not expensive but scarily useful Zara knitted tee.   So I've just remember I have a Boden voucher burning a hole in my purse so I've just ordered a new pair.  With 20% off using the code A6Y8.  They're practically free.... (ish).

Mayfair Modern Skinny Jeans in Black Wax £59.50




And then my find of last year.  The New Look wonders. 

I've got mine on today and whilst I wouldn't wear them out in the evening as they are looking a tad lived in, for £24.99, I can forgive them.  And I will still wear them during the day and on dog walks and to rugby and football matches.  They owe me nothing and if I get two years out of them, I will be over the moon.  The best thing about them, is because they are only £25, last year I wore them ALL the time.  Seriously every couple of days I wore them.  I didn't even wear the (lost) Boden ones that much, as I was worried about wrecking them.  I know it's ridiculous and we shouldn't do that, but we all do.  (We do, don't we?  It's not just me...?!) 

These look the same as last year's option. 

Black Coated High Waisted Skinnies from New Look £24.99


And I also had the Tall normal version which was also pretty high rise.  

Now I did see these in store and...I have to say, either I have got larger (a tad, possibly) or the sizing has got smaller.  I will also say the same for Topshop jeans which I tried on at the weekend (don't ask).  Actually I'm not sure I have got that much bigger as the Dre Jeans from Rag & Bone which I had on yesterday are only a 26.  So go figure.

These DEFINITELY look smaller (although I did only see the regular size in the New Look today and not the Tall), seriously I wonder whether they've confused a size 10 with an age 10... I would definitely size up unless you want to look like you've taken 50 Shades of Grey to heart.  Spray on faux leather is a punchy choice for the rugby touchlines.  In my humble opinion.

Tall black coated super skinny jeans £22.99 (last year they were no skinnier than the skinny... even though they're blessed with the title of Super skinny..!) 




Faux leather now at M&S and I saw these today in the flesh.  They are definitely more of a jegging than a trouser.  So if you are looking for ones where you're not going to be flashing your waistline (like I am in the skinnies anyway - that boat sailed years ago), then these may work for you.  I find the look completely different on ones with a zip button fly as opposed to a pull on legging style.  But if you're looking for a style to wear with longline tunics and oversized jumpers, these are perfect.  I would also happily wear these with a longline blouse and blazer.  Definitely a faux leather feel to them as opposed to coated or waxed.  Clear as mud?

Skinny Leg Trousers from M&S £35 in three different lengths which I love.




Back to coated at Topshop.  Now you either love or hate Topshop jeans.  I have to say, in recent years I have struggled with them, but I do know that some people won't buy their denim from anywhere else. 

MOTO Black Coated Leigh Jeans £42 - also available in a Petite (alas I can't find them in a Tall although seeing as I've fallen out of love with TS after sending back a massive order that I thought might work for holiday, this is probably no bad thing.  Note to self - some things are in the sale for a reason...) 


Or there are the Jamie jeans.  I thought I could tell the difference between the Leigh and the Jamie.  Turns out I am actually an auld giffer and can't.  They look exactly the same.  Weeps.

MOTO Black Coated Jamie Jeans £42  Although randomly they do these in a Tall.. maybe I should just *try* them (although that has proven to be a depressing exercise.. I fear I may stick to my bargain with all the discounts, tried and tested Boden pair!) 


If you're looking for more of a shine, you should probably try the Vero Moda ones.  I have a friend who swears by these and they come in petite, regular and tall. 

Vero Moda Zip Coated Skinny Jeans £36


I have to say I have always been rather impressed with ASOS denim and so these may well be worth a shot. 

ASOS Sculpt Me Premium Jeans in Black Coated £38


And finishing with a pair that I am rather enamoured with but haven't tried.  I quite fancy the biker look.  A step too far?

Only Royal Mid Waist Skinny Biker Coated Jeans £35


You may have noticed that these are all super reasonable.  Because genuinely I have found the high street versions completely amazing.  As good as any expensive ones that I've ever had or tried.  And the less you pay, the more you'll wear them.  This shouldn't be the case but it is.  The great thing about coated denims is that I've found, regardless of how cheap they are, they keeps their shape.  They don't bag or sag and are a joy to wear.  Besides being super flattering.  Now do you know why I have more than one pair?

Here I am in my high waisted ones from New Look last year.  If you do get up close, you can see that the coating is starting to flake slightly.  I'm making that sound worse than it is - but I can't think of another way to describe it.  They are still completely wearable and wear them I will. 



Striped tunic - H&M
Leopard print coat - M&S
Coated skinny jeans - New Look 
White leather trainers - M&S
Half moon bag - APC

So I have been all the way to Ikea today, followed by a trip to Topshop to return all my ghastly gubbins.  Off to London for work tomorrow - at some point I must pack... 

But in the meantime (and something I won't be packing), talk me through your thoughts on all things coated.

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  1. My new look ones lasted me last year then I had to chuck but got another pair. As I'm blessed with generous thighs and no thigh gap they basically rubbed off the coating between #attractive BUT for £25 and I wore them to death (literally) I don't mind.

    Really hoping the new pair in the wardrobe from last year still fits.

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    1. Mine do, if that helps! Which leads me to think they are smaller this year as I tried on the 10 (regular versions) and couldn't get them past my thighs!!

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  2. Which would you say are most wax like.... Don't think I could get away with leather look for work...ta. Rachel

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    1. Either the Topshop or the Boden ones. The Boden ones are definitely definitely waxed and not shiny!

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  3. I lose clothes all the time Kat but then invariably find them scrunched up behind other things or accidentally put with my husband's clothes - good luck finding them
    I got the Zara waxed effect last year and this article has made me want to dig them out to wear tomorrow! They seem to be doing them again this year so Rachel you might like these ones as they are definitely more waxed than leather look. Just search for waxed effect skinny jeans on their website

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    1. Oh the Zara ones don't work on me at all! They're waaaay too short and too low rise. (massive muffin alert clearly...)

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  4. The next ones are great as well.

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    1. Do they do a trouser version as well as a leggings version?!

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  5. My wardrobe staple. I have several black pairs, the best of which are a random pair I stole from my eldest daughter when we moved house and I couldn't find my wardrobe boxes for a couple of days. They are high waisted with a zip at the back and butt pockets and just skinny enough (i.e. not remotely sausage-bursting-out-of-its-skin), although this may be because they are slightly too big for me. I also have burgundy (very old Massimo Dutti), navy (current Comptoir des Cotonniers), dark brown (current Massimo Dutti) and 'Porridge' (old Boden - their description). But what I really want is a burgundy leather (or faux), like Hush but not £££, so if you happen upon any...

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    1. They really have been around forever haven't they? I've definitely seen some burgundy coated on my travels - will report back...

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    2. I wore my black ones yesterday just out and about doing halloween shopping with a tee, a long cosy cardigan and skater shoes and didn't feel over dressed like I thought I might. And then when we had an impromptu dinner out I didn't feel like a sorry mess :D I recently purchased H&M burgundy ones - they are lovely but do have zips at the ankle. I am an 8-10, ordered the 10 and the 12 because H&M jeans you know... Both are in the post going back and I've bitten the bullet and ordered the 14. Although I'm not convinced they will do up either or won't be leg baggy. We shall see! Tesco had a pair for £14 but I'm not sure they don't look it!

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    3. I have just purchased burgundy Mango waxed skinny "Belle" jeans, £35.99. I'm a 10-12, 5'7" and sized up to a 12 so as not to be skin-tight, not a good look at 48! Also tried very similar at Massimo Dutti (they called them "rubberised jeans" which I must admit put me off a bit!!) but found the Mango ones a better fit and cheaper! I have the Boden ones from last year in navy, porridge and black but I washed the black ones at 40 degrees and they are not looking as waxy as they once did :-( Lesson learnt, def a cool wash for these. Tempted to replace with that code, thanks Kat xx

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  6. I'm with you in sizing smaller rather than us getting bigger! Top shop size 26" Jamie's were not a good look on me but I refused to try a 27"! I find Boden super skinnies the best fit, though last year got some coated ones from Warehouse which are fab. Hope the lost pair turn up, I hate losing things though it happens quite often in our house!

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    1. Oh yes, Warehouse - I didn't find them high rise enough for me last year.. I have looked EVERYWHERE for those blooming trousers. I had a voucher a discount code and some credit on my account so they were literally peanuts (the new Boden ones I've ordered..!) I just hope they're as good as they were!

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  7. I tried the Next zipped ones on the other day. They are a lovely fit. Nicely high waisted enough and looked great. I NEVER buy anything from there but am considering these!

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    1. AHA! Now I haven't seen those. Will have to look out for them, thank you x

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    2. And randomly, I went into Next whilst I was working the other week (Vlog to be released soon! EEK!) and I was blown away with how many things were AMAZING! I need to do a whole blog on them really...

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  8. Hi Kat I have found even cheaper than New Look (but just as good) - £16 at Tesco of all places and they are fab! Went back and bought in all 3 colours I was so impressed. Good tip for those who can't get hold of New Look and on a budget x

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    1. Great tip - I'll check them out, thank you!!

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  9. New look have 30% off for signing up to newsletter (just use different email if you have account already) making the skinnies from there £17 something.
    https://fashion.newlook.com/pub/sf/ResponseForm?_ri_=X0Gzc2X%3DYQpglLjHJlTQGNLfJzcWzfzbIt3zfD2sEb9zbf8EzaMRlM6zczaUYsLOdhOzeVXMtX%3DYQpglLjHJlTQGzbzazf4mGD6yhPW8reDyL5kbLzaMRlM6zczaUYsLOdhOze&_ei_=EtVfU98cEYUGhA6A8nuBJ5I

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    1. THat's super, thank you! I'm sure someone will also thank you xxx

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  10. I love the New Look ones on you but they did something very bad to my knees when I tried them on last year (or my knees did something bad to them). I think they were a bit too flimsy for me. I need something in a more substantial fabric (urgh I hate that I just said that). I got some emergency ones for an impromptu night out in December last year from Oasis that are nice. I might give the Boden ones a whirl.

    You look amazing in your photo. Love that coat!

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    1. I have to say, the Boden ones are definitely of a more substantial fabric.. more of a waxed jeans as opposed to a faux leather pair of trousers if that makes sense? I will report back when they arrive..

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  11. I had the New Look ones last year and wore them so much the coating flaked off the knees. I will be looking for some more this autumn. They are super useful, I agree. I love the biker ones too, I had a pleather pair from h & m but the stitching on the biker bit did not stretch with the leggings, kneeling down was uncomfortable! And I have quite thin legs - not good.

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    1. That's why I think the New Look ones are SO amazing. They stretch back straight away do'nt they? But yes, the flaking bit has occurred on mine too BUT i wore and wore (and washed and washed!) them!!

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  12. I have the next legging style ones in black navy and burgundy and love them. Keep their shape and no baggy knees. :) xx

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    1. I can't believe I haven't tried them!! I have to say I do like a zip and a button... but I have heard that they are amazing!

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  13. I had the New Look ones last year and am going to dig them out, hoping they're still wearable as they got a lot of use last year! The Boden ones didn't work on me, too wrinkly on the legs. I LOVE your leopard print coat, have been looking for one for weeks and have just ordered the same as yours (so thank you!) from M&S - free delivery to Germany which made me happy :-) Just hope I bought the right size...international returns are not my favourite thing... Have a great day

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    1. I would say it's true to size so hope that works with your sizing plan!

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    2. Thank you...think I'm going to end up feeling like the Honey Monster...I sized down as my last M&S purchase was massive...and it's defo not the case that I'm getting smaller :-)

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  14. I wore my New Look ones to death last winter, they are still pretty good now, but a bit of the coating has worn away but still very wearable. However I ordered some new ones with a 25% discount code and found I had to size up this year from an 8 to a 10 so I'm glad it's not just me! I also wore my faux leather leggings with zip from Next loads last winter, eventually the zip broke but I have replaced them as they were excellent, retained shape and didn't bag at all. They feel a teensy bit flimsier this year but still great for the money. They all do tall lengths which I love at my height! I got the porridge Boden skinnies for buttons at the end of the winter sale but I haven't worn them, struggle with how to wear them as a colour? Any pointers?

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    1. Oh thank goodness - they have got smaller, haven't they? I also think the same thing about Topshop jeans...! I'm not sure if I should look at the Next ones or not or I may end up with them in every colour!

      Right I also have the Porridge ones and yes, also struggle... To be honest, I think they're going to look good with grey maybe? I'm loving the idea of shades of pale grey and camel? I'll try....

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    2. Oooh how about black and leopard with the porridge jeans?

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  15. I also love the Next legging-style ones - the fit is really good, and they hold their shape well. I seem to have quite a collection of these coated/ waxed skinnies - 2 black, 1 navy, 1 white (so easy to wipe clean! ), 1 burgundy, and a black moto-style pair! I think I may be developing a problem! My only issues with them are the swishy noise they make as you walk, and the fact that I absolutely can't wear them at all in our hot and humid summer. Love the outfit Kat, and have hauled out my own skinnies and Breton tunic today too.

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    1. Ooh I'm not sure I've noticed the swishy noise.. I will have a listen next time I wear them!

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  16. I have literally just come home from Next having been on the search for coated skinnies for a long time (all your fault!)- they have black/dark green/maroon/silver - had trouble choosing and came away with more than one colour!

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  17. So for the New Look ones - I'm a 10 but I would normally go for a size 12 there as they always come up smallish....however are you saying that I should go for a 14 :-(

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    1. Hmmm I would say if you are a 10 normally then the 12 should be fine?

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  18. I've not yet tried a pair that hasn't been too Nora Batty (wrinkly), not a look I'm going for. I will perserver though.
    One thought about your missing clothes, could they have got mixed up with your husbands or kids clothes?

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    1. There is a high possibility of this...

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  19. Marks ones are dry clean only! Not for me!!!

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    1. Really? Oh I would so put them in the machine!

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  20. I can swear by the coated Jonis, sounds so wrong ;) from Topshop. They have a super high waist. Just the right weighty fabric and a four way stretch. I tried a pair from Hennes but they didn't four way stretch and they got so clingy with my legs that they wanted to part with my buttocks!! The only peril of the Jonis is if you have leather seats in your car you kinda stick! First world problem that I can sooooooo live with. I liked the Jonis so much I went back for an uncoated grey pair but the fit wasn't oh so fab.

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  21. Hi. Bought the Boden ones after reading your article. They are excellent. Thank you!

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