Friday, March 21, 2008

Are skinny jeans evil?

So...confession time. I just can't get too excited about jeans. I love my legs, but pants are just those things that fill up the space between a fun top and some knockout high heels.

Meanwhile, I've clung mightily to the notion that bootcut jeans are the most flattering. Women have hips, I reasoned, and some width at the ankle helps balance out those hips.

Consequently, up til now my jeans collection has consisted of bootcut jeans hemmed to accommodate flats, and bootcut jeans hemmed to accommodate heels. Yawn.

Enter the skinny jean. At first I thought they were just a passing fad, but they've now been in style for, what? Three seasons now? I thought they were ugly at first, and resisted even trying them on.

However, while in the sartorial rat race that is my workplace, I started realizing that all the women are wearing skinny jeans...and they look pretty awesome. You must understand that all the women at my company basically dress to impress each other. I work with the world's cutest, most well-dressed short curvy girl, a tall redhead ripped from the pages of Anthropologie, and various other fashionistas/Glamazons. I could do a whole lot worse than taking style cues from them. All wear skinny jeans.

I went to Ghetto Ross -- for research purposes of course. In between racks and racks of bootcut jeans, a few lone skinnies were hiding. I tried on two pairs of the skinnies and holy shit, both looked good. They make my hips and ass look, um, incredibly juicy, but what the hell? That's sorta cool, right? And I really like how they showcase tall shoes. Sure, having a stiletto peek out under a bootcut jeans is sexy, but why not show off the entire shoe if you're going to teeter around on heels all day?

Also, skinny jeans (or leggings, but this isn't about leggings) balance out tunics and voluminous tops, and this is a good thing.

Morals of the story:
  • I am incredibly slow to embrace new denim styles.
  • Skinny jeans are not evil, even if you have thighs and a butt and all the trappings of womanhood.


drwende said...

I've never understood the fashionista objection to skinny jeans on women who are just normally curvy, not discussing obesity with their doctors. Boot cut jeans give me cankles where there were no cankles before.

Forever Chic said...

Haha - perhaps the nomenclature is problematic. Many people assume that only skinny people can wear skinny jeans.

Eric said...

I haven't tried any of these skinny jeans on yet, but I've been tempted a couple times. I'm just afraid they won't be flattering. I'm not fat, but I'm not model thin either. I guess it's worth a shot.