There’s been plenty of chatter this week about the death of the skinny jean following a report from Bloomberg which suggests that women are ready to cast aside their super slim denim in favour of elevated trackpants and looser, more low-key jean styles.
Skinny Fans: L-R Cara Delevingne, Duchess of Cambridge, Alexa Chung, credit: Getty
The skinny has ruled for more wardrobe years than we’d care to remember, seeing us through the noughties and on to the aughts. Ubiquitous, yes, but you can also argue that close cut jeans are a modern classic. While detractors may harp on about their unflattering qualities, the reality is that the elastane enabled stretch, characteristic of the skinny is actually much more democratic than any other style. The name itself may be exclusive but its appeal is not.
While we’re always open to innovation (a change, as they say, is as good as a rest), we can’t help but cling religiously to the most versatile item in our entire wardrobe. Whether paired with kicks or heels, tucked into boots or rolled up with a sandal, skinnies can transition seamlessly from smart to caszh. You can wear them with a silk blouse and Saint Laurent boots and you’ve nailed Parisian chic. Or in a true blue, high waisted with a white tee for hipster perfection.
While flares and boot cut jeans elongate your leg and bring drama to your ensemble, they don’t project the same level of insouciance as a skinny. ‘Mom’ styles or original 501s are truly the skinny minny choice while boyfriends are challenging for the under 5’5’’s and too weekend-ready to function as workwear.
JBrand's New Ellis Jeans - a 'Stringy' - Straight/Skinny cut
That doesn’t mean that we’re blind to the appeal of the new looser cuts – who doesn’t like comfort? JBrand’s new Ellis, for example, is a great compromise. Describes as a ‘strinny’ (straight-skinny) cut, it combines the cool, loose fitting vibe with a still-smart enough for the office finish. And we certainly have a penchant for well cut trackpants a la T-by Alexander Wang – when paired with high courts, a silk vest and blazer, they offer the ideal high-low mix.
But – putting a stick in the sand here – we wont be binning our skinnies just yet. The key to successful denim style is assembling a versatile wardrobe with jeans in various cuts, washes and finishes. From black and palest white, summer cut offs to dungarees, denim can work for all manner of environments and if you’ve found the cuts that work for your body shape, we say stick to ‘em.
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