Posted on November 13th, 2010
Fashion publications all over the world have been announcing the end of the skinny jeans era and the comeback of the wide-leg jeans.
Many of us are no doubt thrilled about the return of “grownup” denim. Skinny jeans look fabulous on young, skinny girls, but they pose a serious challenge if you happen to be curvy. They are also less appropriate for the over-forty crowd.
Having said that, skinny jeans do have their place in a wardrobe, especially dark wash skinny jeans tucked into knee-high leather boots and paired with a long sweater. It’s a really cute look that we would hate to see completely go away!
Much like the low-rise jeans phenomenon, we do believe that even if skinny jeans are not the height of fashion anymore, they will not completely go away. Rather, we anticipate seeing them as just another option.
In fact, these days, when it comes to denim styles, we have so many options, that it doesn’t make sense to limit ourselves to just one style. Skinny, straight, bootcut or flare; low rise, mid rise and high waist jeans; classic or distressed; dark, medium or light wash; different types of pockets and pocket placement… there are so many styles to choose from, and this is a very good thing indeed!
Back to wide leg jeans, we welcome this trend because it’s very flattering, more grownup and work-appropriate than skinny jeans, and better for curvy figures. However, if you’re very curvy, a pronounced flare or a very wide leg could actually add bulk, so boot cut or a very gentle flare are probably your best options. For most of us, these are the cuts that are the most flattering – they have a way of balancing out our proportions.
If you opt for wide-leg or flare denim, remember that it’s best to pair them with a small, fitted top – the exact opposite of the long and flowy tops that go so nicely with skinny jeans. It’s all about proportion!