Guest Post: I Refuse to Wear Skinny Jeans

Skinny_jeans

Danielle writes…

I hate skinny jeans with an unreasonable passion. When they first came out, I thought to myself, “There is absolutely no way that you will get me into a pair of those. I am having trouble breathing just looking at those pants.” I am a curvy girl. I’ve got so much junk in the trunk, it’s hard to drive the car over a speed bump for fear of jostling everything around back there.

You will never see me in a pair of skinny jeans because I look like a clown. Who declared it fashionable for curvy girls to wear skinny jeans and flats? Has anyone noticed that it makes us look like clowns? I’ve done a (I think) rather accurate portrayal above. You won’t catch me in a pair of those death traps unless I’ve got a red nose on and insist on being called “Bobo”.

Now skinny jeans on skinny girls? Fabulous. It makes me a little jealous that they can wear skinny jeans, but I think I rather like the junk in my trunk.

The next question brings us to skinny jeans on…men? Personally, I have to ask how they manage to stuff their junk into those itty bitty pants legs and then (gulp) zip it up. Does it hurt? Does it have room to.. um.. (blush) breathe? Is there a lot of rearranging necessary? Has anyone ever asked a male friend who wears skinny jeans how they cope with this?

What do you think of skinny jeans? Do you wear them? Prefer them on anyone?

(This was a Fashion Police guest post by Danielle. If you’d like to submit a post to The Fashion Police, click here to find out how.)

52 Comments

  • June 2, 2008

    Alexia

    Danielle, I know what you mean! but my problem is that I can’t find regular, normal jeans anymore, just skinny jeans everywhere!!!

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  • June 2, 2008

    Hannah

    Straight leg from River Island are a much better alternative for people who want to wear skinny jeans but fear their curvy hips will make them look out of porportion.

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  • June 2, 2008

    sarah

    I agree 100%!! I am also curvy, and am actually aware of what looks good on me, unlike so many curvy girls I have seen who are so trend obsessed that they don’t realize how horrible they really look wearing skinny jeans. I am so ready for this trend to be over!!

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  • June 2, 2008

    miaomiao

    i think skinnies look good, but i don’t wear them mainly because i don’t see a need to follow the trend. but i have to agree that coloured jeans with straight cuts are a good alternative for curvy girls, just don’t pick neon colours yea?

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  • June 2, 2008

    Steph

    Hallelujah!
    As a curvy girl, I have never understood skinnies. Not only do I not have the pin-thin legs and miniscule bottom required, but they also look terribly uncomfortable. I cannot conceive of how men fit into them either – are they all eunuchs?

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  • June 2, 2008

    Arielle

    I am fairly thin and can – and do – wear skinny jeans (though I never wear them with an exposed stomach, as shown above). They aren’t uncomfortable if they fit correctly (not too tight or too loose). One benefit of skinny jeans is that they are usually made from a more lightweight material than regular jeans – definitely a good thing for me since I live in a warm, humid climate.
    The real problem with skinny jeans is not the jeans, but rather human nature and the desire to follow trends rather than develop a sense of aesthetics.

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  • June 2, 2008

    bee

    i loved what you wrote…you should guest blod more often =)

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  • June 2, 2008

    Danielle

    Thank you, everyone!! I’ll be sure to submit more guest blogs 🙂
    (and hopefully with better pictures. i’m keeping the terribly photoshopped triangle pictures going though 🙂

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  • June 2, 2008

    Jade

    I completely agree about the “looking like a clown” issue. Unless you wear skinny jeans with very high heels as shown in the picture, they just end up making your feet look very large because the legs of the jeans are so tapered.

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  • June 2, 2008

    amelia

    I especially like my skinny jeans because the cashier in TK Maxx forgot to charge me for them and I didn’t realize until I got home and looked at the receipt 🙂 so they are my free jeans and you can’t get much better than that now can you? I’ve been told they look good on me, and the mirror says so too, so I have no reason to stop wearing them…
    Skinnies on men… Well, I guess it depends on the man, but personally I’m not a fan. I think it makes them look a little bit silly, and silly ain’t sexy now is it?

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  • June 2, 2008

    Bryna

    Trends are not bad to follow, as long as you pick and choose the ones that fit your personal style.
    I am curvy, and I love my skinny jeans.

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  • June 2, 2008

    Anna

    I love skinny jeans, but I can understand how curvy girls would despise them (I’ve been thin as a rail since birth)but skinny jeans on guys? scare the crap out of me. it looks horrendous unless they have JUST the right body for it (which 95% don’t)

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  • June 3, 2008

    Danielle

    I think if you have the body for it and it looks good on you, go for it. I prefer flair jeans that give me more of an hourglass shape and accentuate my legs. Skinny jeans tend to accentuate how large my butt is compared to everyone else.

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  • June 3, 2008

    natasha

    love them, wear them… i’m generally petite, but i do have some curves as well.
    as for men in skinnies… well, think russell brand and noel fielding! mmmmm….. (*gazes dreamily into the distance and drools a little bit*)

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  • June 3, 2008

    Tanya

    I can’t wear skinnies because I look like an ice-cream cone 🙁 Straight leg is my choice. I see a lot of girls in the street wearing skinny low-rise jeans and most of them have the dreaded muffin-top and look ridiculous. Plus if your legs are a bit on the short side skinnies will make them look even shorter. I really wish people looked in the mirror while trying them on in the shops!

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  • June 3, 2008

    Melissa

    I have a curvy butt and larger than average leg muscles but still wear skinny jeans. It’s just the matter of finding the right ones and wearing the right top. The skinnier leg ones without a lot of tapering are best. If you aren’t comfortable in them, though, don’t wear them. Maybe it’s just cause most of the inches on my hips are my butt…

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  • June 3, 2008

    Diana

    Skinny jeans, I love them!! they´re sooo comfy!!! (every time I say or read the word “comfy”, crocs come to my mind, DON´T know why). Seriously, if you get the right size, they are. But as everybody said above, on men? I don´t know….unless the guy is very thin, I think. Otherwise, men can look ridiculous.

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  • June 4, 2008

    Arran

    When I first wore ‘skinny’ jeans, it was partially an accident on my mum’s part. But I kinda found them comfortable. Apparently I had the legs for it (according to friends) and I couldn’t have given a toss about what I wore with them (considering my wardrobe consists of jeans and band shirts) but pretty much anything seemed to work.
    Some, uh, rearrangement is USUALLY required, but if I get it right when I first put them on, I’m right for the rest of the day.

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  • June 4, 2008

    mez

    Amen, sister!
    Skinny Jeans do just not work on me. Never have. Never will.

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  • June 4, 2008

    amaris

    3 pairs of skinnies and i love them all….then again…i AM 5’7″ and about 90 lBs (40kg-ish)..so i probably fit into the skinny people who make you feel a tad jealous

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    • October 17, 2011

      Artemis

      You are either lying or incredibly unhealthy, amaris. The appropriate weight for someone of your alleged height is 123-136 lbs.

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    • October 17, 2011

      Artemis

      And that’s for someone with a SMALL frame. For a normal frame, it’s 133-147 lbs, and for someone with a large frame, it’s 143-163 lbs.

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  • June 7, 2008

    Riot Rix

    I’m also ‘curvy’. Big butt, you see. And I think I look amazing in my skinny jeans, which I’ve been wearing for years.

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  • August 18, 2008

    sue

    I hate skinny jeans for a few reasons.
    1.I’m a size 18/20 uk size, so they look terrible on me.
    2.I have a thing about 70’s fashion, (flares rock)
    3.People are always going on about them and how great they are, (yeah if your a size 8)

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  • September 4, 2008

    michelle

    At first I was very reluctant. I am only a size 6, but most of my weight is in my hips and thighs, so I was concerned about the ice-cream cone thing on my pear-shaped body (I’m 5’9″). But I tried a pair on for fun last year, and found that a dark or black wash paired with a slightly full, hip-length blouse & boots with heels balance things out and make my legs look fantastic. Plus the blouse hides my little muffin top.
    I have a friend who is short and curvy with a fuller figure, but she looks great in them with a cropped, form-fitting blazer and mid-calf-high boots.
    Always go for the dark wash, though. It’s more slimming.

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  • September 18, 2008

    Anna

    I have a crush on my male friend, who’s only flaw is that he at times insists on wearing skinny jeans. He told me once that he bought some that were too tight and was going to get new ones for the reasons that you stated. I was like “Umm… TMI…”
    I’m not exactly a big girl, I guess you’d call me thick, but I can get away with skinny jeans if I wear them with a flowy top because unlike you, I have absolutely NO junk in my trunk.

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  • October 6, 2008

    Lily

    I have never tried skinny jeans on, or wanted to. ‘Til recently. Since I made a top which I think would look good with white skinny jeans. Though I have stayed clear of them since the trend came out as I have had no interest in them what so ever as they seemed quite uncomfortable and not in my style.
    Though, I think skinny jeans can look good on quite a few body types, you just gotta know what kinda tops, shoes and other accessories would work for you.
    My best friend wears skinny jeans, and she’s curvy, with an exceptionally big behind, but she looks great in them.

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  • October 7, 2008

    Adara

    haha , well i personally think it depends on the body, i know a friend who has junk in the trunk but like NO thighs, so they look freaking amazing on her. i think REALLY skinny ckicks look rig tbad cause it cuts there weight in alf on top of having no shape. i wear skinny jeans, in moderation.i think they are comfortable … and im curvy. MISTAKE: i did buy red ones……wore once…to a FANCY PANTS DANCE lol.
    skinnys on men. i would rather a tighter bootcut <3 and they have to have bit of a bumskies.

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  • October 15, 2008

    kate

    I’m a size zero and I look great in some skinny jeans and converses.
    no complaints here… 😛

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  • December 31, 2008

    Leo

    I love wearing skinny jeans and my wife insist I do at every opportunity, in the house and when we go out. I have a multitude of colours and materials from black, red, purple, blue, satin, pvc, lycra leggings, everything. I’m quite slim so have a reasonable figure for it. I’m a long way out of my teens but we’re both happy and I get lots of compliments about wearing skintight jeans. No one ever gave me a hard time, but so what? I wear what I like and so should everyone.

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  • January 1, 2009

    Wheatthin

    Skinny jeans + Vans = HUGE FEET!

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  • January 4, 2009

    Sol

    I never understood the skinny jeans trend. People at my school wear them–even some girls with large behinds, including two of my friends. I tried a pair one once and I looked horrible because I have large thighs. I don’t consider myself curvy though because I don’t really have a waist. (I do, but it’s not as small as I’d like -laughs-.)
    I prefer ones with a good flair that accentuate my hips. If I were skinnier, though, I might consider them.

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  • January 10, 2009

    Moni

    I don’t know how I would look in skinny jeans: When I tried them on once, I couldn’t get them over my thighs. End of story. *shrugs*
    I’m not big at all (1,65m, 57kg, BMI 20,9), my body is just “female” and yes, my thighs meet. So what, my boyfriend and I like it that way. I don’t feel the need to fit into skinny jeans.
    However the big problem is (as posted above) that nobody seems to make affordable other jeans anymore. Everything seems to be tailored for girls that have not yet hit puberty and I feel kind of left out.
    Some years ago women of my size were the norm, now it’s getting more and more difficult to find clothes that actually fit me. I hate it!!!

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  • January 30, 2009

    Michael

    Skinny jeans almost always makes a girl look hot. If your not fat, then wear them now. BTW I’m a guy and i wear skinny jeans all the time. I’m 6’0 150pounds and i think skinny jeans look awesome on me. I just think the whole skate shoes, skinny jeans, and cool Tshirt looks awesome…there is a little “rearanging” involved depending on how tight they are..but it’s worth it.

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  • February 2, 2009

    Sara

    I love skinny jeans. I think flares look sloppy and make a womans legs look like stumps. I love skinny jeans, a little ankle showing and flats with a tshirt ad a men’s blazer. Or boots. They look great on most of my friends, and they are all of different builds.
    I guess is all about preference.

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  • February 2, 2009

    Gwenda

    I don’t think that “skinny” jeans are a trend. I think that the old trend of boot cut has just gone away. No one wants to look sloppy anymore.

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  • February 2, 2009

    The Fashion Police

    Gwenda/Sara – you obviously felt very strongly about this issue to want to post three comments, all from the same IP and email address, but under different names. I can see that you’re the same person, though, and to be honest I’m struggling to understand why you’d feel so strongly about someone’s denim preference to want to pose as different people, but whatever. I have deleted your third comment, however – the one where you started making personal comments about people’s appearance. If you wish to continue posting here, please refrain from the insults, and understand that no one is fooled when you pretend to be different people.

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  • February 15, 2009

    elizabeth

    0kay…i agree with you.not everyone looks nice in skinny jeans.BUT!i know a friend that looks nice in skinny jeans and is rather curvy.I think it actually emphasizes her curves more.In my opinion,jeans that have the exaggerated flare on the bottom doesn’t look right.And yes,very tight jeans look kind of ridiculous on guys.Though, i also know guys who wear skinny jeans but they know how tight their jeans should be….so i don’t know.
    In my conclusion,I say that there should be a limit on how tight jeans should be for both women and men.
    [:

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  • April 9, 2009

    Nef

    I wear women’s skinny stretch jeans. About a size 15. But they fit just nice. Not to tight not to loose. To me the look is almost like wearing straight leg jean. Im a guy and I find skinny jeans comfortable. Because im fairly tall and the way im built guys reg jeans would be way to long and not fit me right.

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  • May 2, 2009

    clowy

    hi , i just bought one too…but it seems like not the type of skinny jeans.so i would like to know that it is that there are lots of types of skinny jean??? thx

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  • May 4, 2009

    Kat

    Alright first thing.
    I am a bigger girl..who has hated skinny jeans since they came out…but today my skinny jean wearing bf got me to wear them by stealing all my pants and putting them on the lawn.
    Once I got them on…wow they were roomy and comfortable..not exactly the jeans that cover my belly…but still pretty awesome….today I got more cat calls then before…
    Now second thing…don’t wear what makes you uncomfortable…I would have worn them out there to grab my jeans then change back into the regular stuff…but I was feeling ok…never let trend tell you what to wear….

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  • May 6, 2009

    Corn Cob Xov

    It really depends on what the shape of your body is. If you have curves or big feet, skinny jeans are one of those things to stay away from.
    Hourglass-shaped people, as a general rule should probably wear flare leg jeans as they make their curves look in porportion.
    People with a non-distint waist should stick with wide jeans. They make the waist stand out more.
    People with a boyish, curveless body and (in my case) no butt whatsoever, should wear skinny jeans. They make the body appear to have curves.
    But, there is one fullproof jean. Bootcut, mid-rise jeans look good on EVERYONE. It’s a look almost anyone can pull off.

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  • July 21, 2009

    Leah

    i hate skinny jeans and i always will hate them. I wonder how those girls in school walk! I think skinny jeans are just made for girls with perfect bodies not for others. I do not thing it is going to last long anyway…

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  • August 2, 2009

    madeline

    i totally agree with you! I’m pretty curvy too and i’m proud of it! I was really into skinny jeans at first and i wanted some but then i eventually realized that i do NOT look good in them.
    *skinny jeans require a SKINNY body (and guys shouldn’t wear them)
    –and ppl who DO wear them, end up pulling their pants up every 5 seconds

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  • August 27, 2009

    Dember

    I have a love hate relationship with skinny jeans. I am a size zero.. or one most of the time, so im definetly not big, but i can only wear these pants on a day when i am feeling absolutley 100% self confident. Because they show every flaw or flawless area on my legs. If i just throw them on on a normal day my teenage voice will ring inside my head and say.. those make you look.. fat.

    Skinnys on guys most of the time means skater.. or gay. That is my only comment on that subject.

    Tah tah baby!

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  • February 23, 2010

    Sally

    I am not a Jonas Brother, I will not wear skinny jeans!

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  • May 24, 2010

    Rochelle

    I love skinny jeans, but I do not think they’re comfortable at all!
    I’m 16 and always prefer wearing leggins although skinny jeans look better.
    I think different types of jeans look better acording to size, Bigger girls look better in boyfriend jeans and really skinny girls just look better in skinny jeans that actually fit.
    I think whatever the size you can still look good, but please dont try and fit in cloths that do not fit you, or show a ridiculous muffing top…

    I think some guys look good in skinnies although alot don’t!
    If they have a modles figure, tall and slim I think most can get away with it
    But they must be so uncomfortable -bless em x

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  • July 7, 2010

    Joana

    Hello everyone 🙂
    I agree with what you wrote, but! there are some exceptions. I have a slim and curly body, and skinny jeans look not only great on me but they are also very comfy! I adore skinny jeans! Even if they are not my favourite type of trousers I still wear them. Many curvy girls use skinny jeans and it looks great. Tho I must say that, in some girls… >.< It really doesn't work at all :p

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  • July 22, 2010

    melissa

    I agree! I’m also curvy, and flattering jeans are really hard to find. But a straight leg is the best type of jean to go with. It doesn’t flare out, making your calves look bigger than they really are. And darker colors are better than say white or neon, black is flattering on any type of body. A light gray, believe it or not, is also flattering. I’ve seen many people pull off that color, including myself. I’m not sure if this applies to anyone else, but the light shade of gray actually made my thighs look THINNER than they actually are.
    Now there actually are some pants that look good on curvy girls. I suggest the Skinny Denim Leggings found online at OldNavy.com. I have a few pairs, and they all look good. They aren’t a skinny leg, they’re more of a tighter straight leg. But they are honestly quite good-looking on curvy women. They don’t exaggerate the hips or the calves. And they are pretty comfortable. 🙂
    Also, make sure that the jeans you buy are at least 2% spandex. If it’s all cotton and polyester, the jeans are going to start sagging at the butt and the back of your thighs, and they’ll also shrink. With spandex, at least they’re form-fitting, and they don’t sag as much but they do naturally get looser as you wear them.
    Sorry I’m writing a novel here lol. And also, I know a lot of guys who wear skinny jeans. some wear the girl jeans, and some wear the guy jeans. The toothpicks say that the skinny jeans are really comfortable. But really, tight jeans don’t look that good on men. >.>

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  • September 8, 2010

    Chelsea- Lynn

    Well now they made “Skinny Curvy Jeans” or whatever. xD
    😛
    But either way, I’m curvy and wear skinny jeans a lot. 😛
    But also opinions are opinions.

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  • October 3, 2010

    Nana

    Pfft, with very few exceptions, skinny jeans look ridiculous on *everyone*. We’re brainwashed into thinking that they don’t, because it’s “trendy.” It’s really quite an ingenious marketing ploy: charge the same price for less fabric. It’s pathetic how easily we’re spoon-fed things like that.

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  • October 26, 2010

    Chrissy

    I’m usually among the first to embrace and adore fashion trends. But not in this case. I can’t wait until the skinny pants fad is OVER! The only women who look good in them are stick-figure girls with absolutely no curves. It’s not that I’m obese or anything, but I wear a size 10 and look like a big fatty in skinny pants. They accentuate the hips and rear, making them look 2x bigger than they are, and make the ankles look uber tiny and un-proportionate. I like to call it “The Penguin” look. Not cute, unless you’re a penguin.

    Fat girls who try to stuff themselves into skinny jeans (creating muffin tops, leg rolls, and a second butt) are taking over the planet. People need to accept when a trend is just not meant for them. Yes, I have tried on maybe 100 pair of skinny pants in the last year, and have only purchased one. A black denim pair that does not cling to problem areas – this means there is no spandex in the item, which makes sitting down nearly impossible. I did not previously feel fat, until I began trying on these “flashback to the 80’s” pants. Thanks skinny jeans, for another blast to the self-esteem. This is one trend I’ll just pretend doesn’t exist!

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