I have to laugh when I read about the re-emergence of the skinny jean http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-jeans30mar30,0,7849305.story?coll=la-home-headlines
Cigarette leg, pencil leg, super skinny, pegged leg- no matter the variation, these are tight mothers.
The frontrunner seems to be the J Brand, although 7 For All Mankind, True Religion, Dolce & Gabbana are also cashing in on the retro trend.
A couple of months ago, when I decided I wanted to drop some weight, I took out some of my old jeans for motivation. I have a fantastic pair of Todd Oldham jeans that I just adore. They are size 10, but a really tiny size 10 with a leg that isn't too tapered. But it's a skinny jean for sure, and I couldn't squeeze into them any more. Time to cut the food intake.
Then I took out several of the pairs of Victoria's Secret London jeans that I bought on clearance in the mid 1990s.
These suckers have narrow, narrow legs. The kind that are so tight that you need to lean against something to pull the legs off your feet and take them off. (Note to self: Do I have fat calves? Hmmm.)
They also have a HIGH WAIST and man, I hate that. Because I'm taller, the rise on these higher waisted jeans can get painful. Even though the butt and thighs fit, the waist digs in (because I also tend to have a straight up-and-down figure, rather than a tapered in waist.) Plus the crotch can dig. Not nice.
But I've been squeezing into them as I drop weight, and wearing them as around-the-house jeans.
Now I realize I could probably get a few bucks for them on Ebay.
Every article about the skinny jean trend seems to mention that they were an Eighties trend. Well, like I said, I got these in the Nineties so I think that this fashion lasted longer than some people remember.
(I want to note here that it was a godsend, a true blessing, for women like me when everyone discovered the low rise jean. Because I had rise issues, I had been going low for some time by buying men's Levis. Problem with that is that the butt and thighs tended to be way too loose and baggy. But then we got LADIES low-rise jeans. Hallelujah!)
ANYWAY, these VS jeans are somewhat uncomfortable, but at least I can rest assured that I am quite hip when I sit at my computer at home.
I have them in some great colors- a nifty deep caramel brown, a luscious deep butter yellow, a light fern green, and some outrageous hot pink, hot orange, turquoise, and lime green. I must have thought these things were a great deal.
I thought back to the originator of this whole trend- the Calvin Klein jean I bought a pair when they first came out. Man, those suckers were hard to get on, but when you did, your legs looked a mile long. Where did my Calvins go? I must have chucked them in a Salvation Army bag some years ago. Those jeans would make these Victoria's Secret cigarette legs look like baggies.
(I think that technically it was the Jordache ("the Jordache loooook") jean that started the whole trend, but where I come from, all that back-pocket decoration was perceived as a little, ahem, white trash.)
The big problem with these skinny jeans is that they can give even skinny people a bit of a meaty look to the thigh and butt. You have to be Joey Ramone (may he rest in peace!) thin to carry these suckers off. I mean no extra flesh at all. This is where men have the definite advantage.
So especially considering the fact that I still want to lose more weight and get down to a solid size 8, AND I haven't been exercising as much as I should, I just don't feel comfortable wearing these out with anything but a nice, oversized man's sweater or buttoned-down oxford cloth shirt with the tails untucked. They still give a great look, though. I should probably get those black motorcycle boots out of the back of a closet.
When these size 10s are a little big, well, maybe then I'll consider tucking in the shirt. And nothing looks better than skinny jeans in a darker rinse, a wide black leather belt (studs optional,) a white white big shirt tucked in, a pair of black sunglasses, and some flat strappy sandals. Motivation!