I started drafting this post more than a year ago — long before I launched this blog. My feelings about skinnies are decidedly negative, but I’ve had some difficulty wrestling them into a coherent statement until now. After a year of thinking, here it is: Skinnies are not flattering. Let me explain.
Dress is all about proportions and flattering proportions are all about balance. The most flattering pants are very subtle flares or bootcuts. This is because a little modest volume at the cuff balances out the fullest part of the leg. Tapered jeans, particularly if they are low-rise, make one look like Mr. Incredible.
I was reading Slate earlier this week and was excited to see an article titled, Skinny Jeans Are Finally on the Wane. (Hooray?) I thought it would be the epic takedown that I’d failed to write, and was terribly disappointed that the article was actually about the populist will that has kept the style alive for a decade, when the fashion industry has been trying to declare it passe for approximately 8 years. (Note: Here the industry has been acting only in self-interest. Women don’t buy as many new jeans when they like their old ones.)
I was a teenager during the 1980s, when tapered and pegged pants reigned. I had three pairs of Guess 5-button, tapered, ankle-length jeans. I’m sure my mother thought they were awful, but she said nothing because she knew baby had to fail in order to succeed. She does, however, have an expressive face.
I was horrified to see skinnies make a comeback in the 00s. See also Lament: Crop Tops Rise from the Dead. But in an effort to stay current, I have periodically ordered a pair of skinnies from JCrew, dutifully tried them on, scoffed at my appearance, and then returned them.
And then I found a pair that I actually like.
Now that I see a photo of myself wearing them, I’m not totally certain, but I think I like them. I even look a little uncertain in the photo.
Further disclosure: These jeans are not super-skinny. JCrew’s truly skinny jeans are called “toothpick” jeans.
OK. Let’s focus on the jacket, which I know I love.
I do, however, have future plans for my new [passe] skinny jeans. I will wear them with this top and similar billowing blouses — which is one role that even I must concede skinny pants fulfill beautifully. It is, of course, another matter of proportion.
Have a terrific weekend!
Jacket: Marc by Marc Jacobs; Blouse: Talbots; Pants: JCrew Matchstick Japanese Selvedge Denim in Emerson wash; Bag: Car Shoe; Shoes: Tory Burch: Watch: Ritmo Mundo