He cites Hedi Slimane, whose slim-silhouetted collection for Dior Homme was shown 10 years ago this month, and who is often credited with the narrowing of our perspective and the fetishisation of skinny trousers. Thin ties were skinny ties, stilettoes skinny heels. Order by newest oldest recommendations.
Over the next four minutes, That's in 10 minutes. If this average were to hold, more than 1, pairs would cross this shopfront in an hour. Among those passing is Haleema Kukoyi, 24, who bought her jeans in Evans, the plus-size shop. Contrary to the instinct that skinny jeans give the self-conscious nowhere to hide, she likes them precisely because she has "weird-shaped legs and these work best for me. Aminah Abdullah, 17, from Cologne, wears them "because they make your legs look skinny", even though her mother doesn't like them.
Donna Watson, 26, and Ross Callender, 25, are both in smart, dark skinnies. She is a marketing manager for The Chimes shopping centre in Uxbridge, and he is a marketing manager for an insurance company. Can their marketing expertise explain the success of skinny jeans?
Witness Hayley Carruthers, 42, who bought her first pair last week. Why wait all these years and then take the leap? Skinny jeans are less a fashion choice than a default setting. We have come to see them almost as a blank canvas, a piece of clothing that has ceased to signify anything; come, in fact, almost not to see them at all. It is this invisibility that has enabled them to act as the vehicle for countless other mainstream trends of the past decade, the silent partner to a succession of high-fashion looks.
First they tucked neatly into boots early in the decade, when boots were all that women wore, or worked well with Converse when Converse were all that men wore. It was skinny jeans that made ballet pumps prolific , fetishising that little scooped-out bit of foot between shoe and hem, and later, with their cleanness at the ankle, acted as a curtain-raiser to hefty statement shoes.
They gave extra spike to handbags with hardware in and their narrowness at the ankle supplied the perfect counterpoint to those pointy shoulders that Balmain produced in Without skinny jeans there would have been no peplums.
They were one half of double denim, and, chameleon-like, have changed their livery in keeping with fashion, morphing into high-waisted jeans, ripped jeans, embellished jeans, leather-panelled, corduroy, patterned, cropped, tattooed and coloured jeans.
They even swallowed up leggings into jeggings and shrunk the language of other clothing too. So scarves became skinny scarves.
Thin ties were skinny ties, stilettoes skinny heels. There are such things as skinny sweatpants. And yet this ubiquity appears to do nothing to dent their popularity. This is not usually how fashion works. When Carol Vorderman wore Roland Mouret's Galaxy dress in , at the height of its A-list acclaim, she killed it as high fashion and he had to invent the Moon dress to give fashionable types some distance.
But when Carol "the style goddess", as the Daily Mail calls her, wears skinny jeans, nothing happens except in the Mail , which wonders whether they're age appropriate: No one casts aside their skinny jeans and decides that time's up if it stopped you wearing yours, drop us a line.
Not even the Duchess of Cambridge, in pristine unwrinkled royal blue skinnies at the Olympics, put anyone off. They are still going strong, and the ultimate proof of that came when Slimane made his return to fashion last October after a five-year break. You might think that fashion would have moved on. But his first look was a pair of fiercely narrow black pants. Skinny jeans are open to all, and no one who wears them makes them any less of what they are for anyone else.
The truth must be that there is something about the meanness of this look that feels right for our times. It can't simply be about rebellion — why should tightness seem inherently more rebellious than expansiveness? Anyhow, if you really wanted to rebel right now, you'd wear bootlegs. After all, people felt they were checking out when they were wearing flares, arguably the last mainstream trend to have had the longevity and reach of skinnies. But while flares wafted, got in the way, implied leisure, somehow in skinny jeans we're all hard at something.
They are lean jeans for lean times. They cut no slack, suggest hard-upness, partly because the pockets are so impossible to get your hands in. Shrink the word "skintight" and you get "skint".
For manufacturers, skinny jeans make perfect economic sense, requiring less fabric than more generously cut pants; for consumers, their ongoing domination keeps the rest of the wardrobe working too: Wait until wider trousers come back, and see how wrong all your other clothes look.
You couldn't associate skinny jeans with white fashion or black, young, old, straight, gay. Maybe it's the tight squeeze of modern life summed up in a pair of pants, all these attenuated trousers painting us as lean and beleaguered as Lowry's matchstick figures though his wore wider jeans , slender smudges or shadows on a domineering landscape.
Or maybe it's their very democracy and ubiquity that's driving on skinny jeans at a time when society feels so cracked and fragmented: Perhaps it even feels good. It might not be possible to say this about much else right now, but when it comes to skinny jeans, at least we are all in them together. This article contains affiliate links, which means we may earn a small commission if a reader clicks through and makes a purchase.
All our journalism is independent and is in no way influenced by any advertiser or commercial initiative. The links are powered by Skimlinks. By clicking on an affiliate link, you accept that Skimlinks cookies will be set. All the way back to the 17 th century, to be exact. Like most trends, it spread, all the way out to England and the rest of Europe.
Though voluminous on top, the bottom half was tight-fitting in a similar vein to a legging. Poiret-style pantaloons were the pant of choice for this decade and like bloomers, featured volume on top, tapering into a thin leg at the bottom.
Despite the relaxed fit and the fact that these were often styled under a dress, pantaloons were mainly worn only by wealthy and very avante-garde, forward-thinking women. Around , pants slimmed down, albeit only to allow for freedom of movement while being active.
Slimmer pants made of canvas or denim were worn solely for sports or manual labor. Many male sex symbols of the time, such as James Dean, Marlon Brando, and especially Elvis Presley were known for wearing tight-fitting jeans.
Seeing actresses such as Doris Day wearing skinnies helped bring them into mainstream. Additionally, Butterick released a number of sewing patterns for slim-fit pants, making the style more accessible to the average woman than ever. This dip in popularity was short-lived however.
By this time denim was cemented as a wardrobe staple, and the punk wardrobe nearly always featured distressed, slim-cut jeans preferably covered in safety pins and patches. High waisted, looser on top, with a tapered ankle, this particular style is a distinctive relic of the decade.
It has also been frequently replicated by American Apparel and a number of other brands looking to bring the mom jean back in keeping with the normcore trend.
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