Trends come and go, and while some disappear like a vapor, there are those which have longevity and become staples in the wardrobes of many. The skinny jean is one such trend, but is the skinny jean the right cut for your frame? With each season comes a litany of fashion “must haves,” and there is usually something in the mix for everyone, however, not every trend is for everyone. The skinny jean cut first surfaced in the 50’s, then again in the 80’s and has been going strong since its third introduction around 2007. The cut of the skinny jean was originally intended for a “skinny” body frame, but has somehow transitioned to the world of plus sizes, which seems to be an oxymoron, a skinny jean on a plus size no longer makes it skinny. This observation is certainly not meant to malign plus sized women, after all, we come in many different beautiful shapes and sizes, this should be embraced.
Although America is known as the breeding ground for obesity, the average size of women in America is 14, and many in this category are a healthy size based on their frame. Part of the craze with the skinny jean is the name. We live in a culture so obsessed with size, it isn’t difficult to comprehend why a woman would want to wear something with the name “skinny” in its description. The modelling industry is indicative of this, with a large majority of working models suffering with anorexia. In fact, did you know a size 6 model is now considered plus sized? I was appalled to learn this. It is time we make fashion choices catered to our own specific needs and innate style, and not because the fashion industry is forcing trends upon us.
Now for a few options to take the place of all those skinny jeans, not only for those who should consider different cuts, which would prove to be more figure flattering, but also for all those who are simply yearning for a different, fresh look after so many years of the skinny jean trend:
Zara Bootcut Jean $59.90- A great option which would give way to a more proportioned look on a larger frame because it is fitted in the thigh area, however, is cut wider in the leg area.
Topshop Premium Wide Leg Trouser $120.00- Although this wider cut causes skepticism for women with a larger frame, as they feel they will look even larger, because of the way this fabric drapes, it actually will have the opposite effect. The object is not to hide your size, but embrace it while enhancing.
Diane Von Furstenburg Tia Pant $265.00 @ Barneys- I adore this cut, it is so feminine, and is quite flattering on most body frames. The cut is loose, yet feminine as it gently tapers at the ankle.
The days of being “slaves to fashion” are in the past, and let’s purpose to keep them there. Choosing styles based on your body type while incorporating a great pop of colour or wedge sandal is a great way to stay current this Spring & Summer.