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Thoughts on Skinny Jeans

September 18, 2012 Leave a comment

So skinny jeans are in. I recently tried out skinny jeans in a department store. They made me feel like I was going to be impotent by the end of the day. Yes, skinny jeans may look good on underweight models, but again, we have to consider a few things: In our humid climate, a relatively warm fabric like denim is only going to trap heat as it clings to our legs.

It’s also important to note that if you have a large upper body, skinny jeans will make you look weird and disproportional.

Men with large upper bodies or those possessing a large gut will want to stay away from skinny jeans, no matter how skinny their legs are. It just draws attention to places you don’t want attention drawn.

Here’s my proposition. Why not go for slim fit jeans instead? It’s a positive that we’re veering away from the baggy jeans that became so popular years back, but one need not go all the way. There’s a significant difference between skinny and slim.  Allow a classic jeans manufacturer: Levi’s — to demonstrate:

Levi's 514 - Slim StraightLevi's 511 - Skinny

On the left is their Slim Straight fit, and on their right is their Skinny fit. Again, if your legs are as skinny as the man on the right’s, then skinny jeans will probably look good. However, just look at how constricted his thighs are. For the rest of the population, Slim Straight will be just fine. Not overly baggy — which makes you lose all definition and puts on an extra ten pounds — but slim and well-defined.

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