What’s the skinny on skinnies?
I must admit, I’m not a fan of the current proliferation of skinny jeans. And it’s not because they look bad. But they do look bad on some, and far too many of the masses are wearing this style when frankly, they shouldn’t be. They are a right of passage for hipsters, and a must-have for the majority of females in their 20’s. If you are naturally slender, they look great on you. But the curvier you get, the less flattering they look. This includes guys, some of whom are supposedly going manorexic over the trend. Come on boys, really?
Here’s a quick history on the skinny pant, as told by Wikipedia. The style originated in the late 18th century, when knee breeches were lengthened into ankle-length, tighter fitting trousers know as “pants”. Pants started to loosen up towards the end of the 1800’s, but the style reemerged in the 1950’s with the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley. In the 60’s the trend was carried over by the Rolling Stones (their pants are even skinnier now!), and Audrey Hepburn, who falls into the “can” pull off skinny pants category.
Into the 70’s the punks, glam rockers, and rockabilly kids embraced the skinny pant, while the hippies went in the extreme opposite direction. In the 1980’s acid wash was thrown into the jeans mix, which was as unfortunate as bad lip injections. Also unfortunate was spandex, which garnered widespread adoration by the heavy metal crowd. The 90’s ushered in the downfall of spandex, but it was back to tight fitting pants for everyone from Michael Jackson to Bon Jovi. Towards the end of the nineties hip-hop acts like Snoop Dogg and Kriss Kross pulled the insanely baggy pant up to new heights of popularity.
Come the mid to later 2000’s and once again the skinny pant was taking hold, and the colorful skinny jean became all the rage in Asia. South Korean pop groups like Girls’ Generation and SHINee glorified the trend, and this spring it’s all the rage. Retailers like GAP, J Crew, Express, Nordstrom, all have a wide pallet of colors, and some prints, they are offering this season.
There’s no end in site to the skinnies trend, and judging by past history, they will only dissapear for a while before they start rearing their head again. I guess when all is said and done, they are just another piece of clothing to cover our bodies, but some pieces just cover certain bodies better. Curvy people (I being one of you!); keep this in mind. Wear clothing that creates lines that compliment your body. Leave the skinnies to the skinny.
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