A slim future for skinnies
Once upon a time (or for the last decade, at least), the suggestion of wearing anything but jeans that wrap your thighs in a stretchy, elasticated denim – reminiscent of playdough squeezing out of a mould – would have received blank stares.
Skinny jeans have been a staple in every girl’s wardrobe since Kate Moss stepped out in them in the 2000s. But, in 2017 the tables are turning: fashion is looking back at old school icons like Jane Birkin for inspiration.
If you’re fed up of squeezing into your skinnies after a weekend of fast food that you’d rather forget, then fret not, the denim market is opening up to a wide variety of different designs in a range of softer silhouettes. Ditch your drain pipes in favour of a more relaxed style that equally is more forgiving and oozes chic. Think Debbie Harry in high-waisted, straight-leg jeans and give them a chance!
There will no longer be the struggle of shimmying into a pair of stick-ons as the rigid material glides over you calves. For those of you that have often been left feeling overexposed as you try to follow the skinny trend, a pair of straight-legged, crop flared or mom jeans will be like you’re saying hello to an old friend. With flattering high-rise waists, a wider leg than will balance out your proportions and denim that does not fade – we’re talking to you black skinnies – you’ll never go back.
Make like your favourite influencer and toughen up pale washes with leather jackets to emphasise rock chic vibes or play on the notion of Scandi-cool with an oversized knit: the options are endless. And while customisation has been key the last few seasons, let time do its work by allowing wear and tear take charge, giving your items some personality.
Alternatively whip out the scissors and cut, fray or stitch to create little quirks, such as step hems, to stand out from the crowd and inflict some character upon them. Just scoop up an iconic Vetements pair for an eye-watering price tag of $790 or opt for the ASOS Farleigh jean at £35 in a vintage wash or alike: bang on-trend and comfortable.