Are skinny jeans still in style?
In the past year, Rosana Vollmerhausen, founder and chief stylist of The Closet Collaborative, said that’s the most common question among her clients.
The confusion comes after a push by Generation Z to get Millennials to ditch skinny jeans in favor of straight leg or baggy jeans. Gen Z TikTok users have posted videos denouncing skinny jeans and declaring they are out of style.
But Shannon Castle, a mom of three, said she’s not ready to pack up her skinny jeans just yet.
“TikTok wields so much power, every day I find something new I’m not supposed to wear or do anymore. But I draw the line with my skinny jeans, they make me feel less like a mom and more like a woman,” Castle said.
Castle argued that as a working mom, skinny jeans give her a more professional and “put together” look that perhaps Gen Z aren’t in need of. Although skinny jeans aren’t the comfortable option in her closet, Castle said she won’t be ditching hers anytime soon.
When looking for a modern touch, Vollmerhausen advises clients to roll up or crop their skinny jeans and pair them with sneakers or loafers. She said she’s seen trends from the ’90s and ’80s come and go and wouldn’t be surprised if skinny jeans make a comeback.
Generation Z is defined as those born in the late 1990s and early 2000s while Millennials were born between 1981 and 1996. Amy Guzman, 17, switched to high-waisted straight leg jeans after realizing they better suited her body type.
“At some point, I just saw that my hips and my tummy were more flattering in baggier jeans and I was so relieved to see it becoming a trend on TikTok,” Guzman said.
Alysha Cassis-Shaw, owner and curator of the clothing brand Neutral Ground, admitted skinny jeans were never the best fit for all body types. However, she said she’s not a fan of fashion trends; everyone should wear what looks best.
But while high-waisted, flared and wide leg jeans rise in popularity, Cassis-Shaw said, it’ll take time before skinny jeans are welcomed once again. After 2020 marked remote learning and working, she said people will opt for comfort and non-restraining clothing.
Courtney Matthews, 35, said if she’s ever forced to wear jeans again she’ll choose the baggier option. Matthews has worked from home since the start of the pandemic and said she can’t remember the last time she wore jeans. Instead, she throws on black joggers or leggings each morning before work. Matthews said she can’t imagine “forcefully squeezing” into another pair of skinny jeans any time soon.
“The pandemic, remote work and kids has moved us all past the need to squeeze into tight jeans,” she said. “The baggier, the easier, the better.”
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