how to tame your skinnies
We can all think of a fashion trend that we hope will die a quick death. High on my current list are coated jeans, because unless you are literally a giraffe, your legs are going to look fat in jeans made of a shiny, reflective material. Sorry. It’s not really a trend, but I also hate concert t-shirts, because I don’t have any, due to my lifelong fear of public concert venues (so smelly! so loud! and why are my shoes stuck to the floor?).
If skinny jeans are, for you, the trend that refuses to die, I have some bad news: they’ve been going strong for a few years now, and I don’t think they’re going away anytime soon. They may even become [gulp] a classic. You may think you can’t wear them, but yoonanimous says you can. You don’t have to be thin, or long-legged, or even a woman. Herewith, tips on how to take some of the sting out of skinny jeans.
***I’m trying out Pinterest in conjunction with some of my fashion posts so I can share shopping leads. Please follow me on Pinterest (see red button at right) to check out my tried-and-true skinny picks. I’m a Pinterest newbie, so bear with me, and let me know what you think!
1. Length: a salesperson at TBD once remarked to me that her department referred to me as “the 26.5 inch girl.” And here’s why: as soon as I buy skinny jeans, I have them hemmed to a 26.5 inch inseam. I am very specific about the length. I’ve flirted with 27″ and 25″, but 26.5 is my number. That’s about an inch and a half above my ankle bone. Hear me now, believe me later: showing the skinniest part of your leg in a pair of pants will automatically make your legs look skinnier. For most of us, the skinniest part of our leg is our ankles. If, on the other hand, your skinnies go all the way to your shoe, they will make your legs look bigger. I cannot explain the scientific reason for this, but I guarantee it to be the case. Go to your closet, pull out the skinnies you hate, and roll the hem under an inch or two. Makes your legs look better, right? Also probably makes your shoes look better. Solid. A word of caution: hem your jeans too short and you’ll lose the slimming effect–hem them too long and it’ll just look like you shrunk your jeans. Send me a photo if you want a second opinion.
2. Ankle opening: you’re no novice. You already know to check out the length of the rise when you’re buying jeans. No offense to True Religion, but a 6-inch rise is not your friend, at least not if you’ve had children. So let’s take it up a notch–a lot of websites that know their denim will include information about the circumference of the ankle opening. With skinnies, the tighter that ankle opening is, the more they are going to look like a legging, and need I remind you how unflattering leggings are on most people? No, I don’t. I prefer a 10 or 11-inch ankle opening. For reference, the ankle opening on the red pair above is 10 inches. The blue pair above are 11 inches.
3. Stretch: the denim companies are starting to get with the program and are putting less stretch in their skinny jeans. You want a fabric that will give, but that will hold you in. I am convinced this is the sole reason the J Brand 811 twill skinny is so flattering on so many people. The twill is a nice weight and keeps its shape beautifully. I’ve talked about this jean and worn it so many times on this blog that I’m starting to bore myself. Buy some, already.
See my skinny picks on Pinterest…and happy weekend!