September 19 06

you’ve seen them everywhere. they are all the rage this season. Sienna Miller wears them. so does Mischa Barton. and Nicole Richie. and Kate Bosworth. and Kate Moss. and the Olsens. well, at least Ashley.

call ’em what you like. the drainpipe jean. the cigarette jean. the peg-leg jeans. the skinny jean.

unsurprisingly, skinny jeans look good on…well…skinny people.

After years of the bootcut and flare jean – a style that flattered EVERY figure, including my own – thin is in.  

wear them under boots! wear them with heels! wear them with ballerina flats! Advertisers everywhere are going to try to convince you that YOU can wear the skinny jean.

and i’m going to tell you that you can’t. this ultra-slim fit is not for mass consumption.

it’s bad enough that designers everywhere tried to convince women of all shapes and sizes that low-slung jeans were the way to go. and when this happened, there were pot-bellies and muffin-butt happening left, right, and center. now, far be it for me to say that everyone has to be skinny. no. that’s not what i’m saying at all. what i am saying, however, is that just because something is trendy, does not mean that it’s going to look good on you.

and i can tell you right now. my short, stumpy thighs and i will continue to wear our bootcuts and steer clear of anything called “skinny”.

oh, and the long tunics? and the leggings? and the dolman sleeves? and the giant wide belts? why are the 80’s coming back? does no one realize that the 80’s were a serious fashion disaster decade? we are this far from neon, banana clips, and giant teased hair, people. i’m afraid. i’m very afraid.

  1. THANK YOU, ALI! I went shopping on the weekend and could NOT believe the serious flashbacks. Skinny jeans make almost every body look like an inverse triangle…totally unflattering.

    The 80’s were a fashion nightmare. If I see harem pants again I know it is time to RUN!

    Comment by Jen on September 19, 2006
  2. And let’s not forget about the return of the LEGGING! I have no idea why anyone would think bringing the 80s back is a good idea. It was such an ugly decade! I noticed the Return of the 80s 2 years ago when I was in Spain, and i knew it was only a matter of time until it made it over here. I tried to warn people, but apparently nobody listened.

    Comment by Audrey on September 19, 2006
  3. Amen! I was sooooo depressed to see these jeans coming into style. I do not have, nor will I ever have, legs that are the same size from top to bottom.

    Comment by Jodi on September 19, 2006
  4. Yikes, my early university days coming back to haunt me….I am RUNNING really, really fast….

    Seriously though, skinny jeans are for SKINNY people (aka NOT for 95% of the population…).

    Hey I remember harem pants, shoulder pads, fake motorbike jackets, leggings, leg warmers, the Madonna mid 80’s look…

    It’s a good thing, I have turned into a boring preppie mama..

    Comment by Heidi on September 19, 2006
  5. Amen, sister!

    Comment by Jodi on September 19, 2006
  6. yes, yes a thousand times YES! Those of us who have to buy the curvy fit jeans in order to fit them over our round rears do not enjoy anything with the word “skinny” near it.

    Comment by Sadie on September 19, 2006
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    Comment by Giblet on September 19, 2006
  8. Those looked great on me back in ’88…25 lbs. ago.

    Comment by Stacy on September 19, 2006
  9. Ali, I love, love, LOVE everything about your new site!! It’s beyond fabulous! I love the name of your site, the illustration of the 2 women at a cafe, their clothes, their hair, their bodies, their faces, etc…you get the picture that I adore everything about the illustration! (pun intended 🙂 And the colour pallete you used is absolutely beautiful (like you 🙂 You rock!!!

    Comment by Tova on September 19, 2006
  10. Sorry, I have to take issue. Boot cut jeans do not look good on me. I’m fairly short with muscular thighs. The boot cut jeans are tight on me just above the knees then bowl out at the ankles. They make me look like a mermaid. A short, dumpy, exaggerated mermaid. I tried them all in a store once and gave up. I think the only way I could maybe do them is with super-high heels. I know people are doing that, but I just can’t not feel like a dork in jeans and heels. I can’t say I gave that one the good college try, though. Remember that I am not a shoe person. I’m pretty fashion inept anyway. I don’t have a fashion budget. I wear Levi’s 550’s and Kohl’s $9. tee shirts. Sorry. It’s a bad mommy thing I’ve got going on. At least I don’t wear Lee jeans.

    Comment by Brenda on September 19, 2006
  11. Brenda…are you sure you weren’t trying on flare jeans? bootcuts shouldn’t flare at the knee…they really only flare a tiny bit at the ankle.

    and those should flatter you – draw attention away from the middle – hip and thigh area and elongate the leg.

    Comment by amartell on September 19, 2006
  12. i hate those skinny jeans. i don’t care which celeb is wearing them, it accentuates just how bony and crooked their legs are.
    thanks for the tip about the book.

    Comment by bella ~ Liz on September 19, 2006
  13. I try to resist being a slave to fashion. If it doesn’t look good on me, I ain’t buying it.

    Comment by metro mama on September 19, 2006
  14. I’m 5’2 and a size 12. In skinny jeans I’d scare the children. So leggings are back? Oh, goodie. Maybe I can complete the silhouette with a nice Victoria-Principal-as-Pamela-Barnes-Ewing polyester blouse with huge, HUGE shoulder pads. Shudder.

    Comment by Laurie on September 19, 2006
  15. How long before the babydoll dresses return to go with the leggings? By the way, the new site looks fantastic. I love the teal!

    Comment by Adrienne on September 19, 2006
  16. Love the new site! And as for skinny jeans….I agree. No point in making them in any size about zero. I’ll know the 80’s are back for sure the first time I see a pair of those crazyass ankle stretch leggings. Can’t remember what they were called but they were SCARY. Although, admittedly quite comfy.

    Comment by The Lurker on September 19, 2006
  17. Skinny jeans are ugly. I don’t even like them on supermodels. I accidently tried on a pair, and I had a helluva time getting them off. I looked like I was walking on sausages. Which you know, if you are into that sort of thing, sexy.

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    Comment by Toryssa on September 19, 2006
  18. I think I tried both kinds. I’m just too darn short. Yeah. That’s it. Short. ha ha ha!

    Comment by Brenda on September 20, 2006
  19. Skinny jeans = squished sausages!

    Bad 80’s – go back to your acid washed heaven and please stay there!!

    Just say no to leggings!!

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  28. ok so…i love skinny jeans and everything about today’s fashion. no complaints here

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  29. ppl i just have aquestion i`m avery skinny girl with avery skinny long legs as i`m 49kgs and i wanna know the effect of leggings on body,will it make me skinnierif i wear it with acute mini skirt?as i`m dyin to have curves,thx all

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  35. wow most the people here have lived thru the 80s – well let us young ones go thru those times. that kate moss picture is disgusting – she is too skinny. only flatters her bones. skinny jeans are for the girls with a bit of flesh and curve.

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  38. Im not sure you understand that the inspiration between 80’s fashion and todays fahsion are totally different. thanks anyways

    Comment by Annie on March 22, 2009
  39. @ Annie ,yeah you are right the inspiration of both the eras are different but fashion comes back again and again.It is called the cycle of fashion.Nice blog by the way.

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