the skinny of it

This is a very controversial subject.  Skinny jeans/pants.  What?  You thought I was going to talk about the election?  Or if residents of Florida should be fleeing right now?  No people.  While those are important subjects, I probably don’t have the expertise to write an entire blog post about them.  So, skinny jeans/pants it is.

I am not going to deem skinny jeans/pants an age appropriate item.  With anything in life, skinny jeans/pants are best taken in small doses.  I think if you are over the age of 40, you can get away with them If. The. Pants. Fit. You. Right.  Now, some might not agree with me.  Pffffft.  That’s okay.  You are allowed your opinion.  I will say that the super tight look might not be the best option for those over the age of 30 (heck, maybe even 25 – you get my point!).   I say leave the super tight (We can see the vein outline in your legs skinny!) skinny jeans/pants to those who have never lived without a cell phone.  Or the New York hipsters and scenesters.

You may be confused.  Why is she saying skinny jeans/pants?  Because!  There are these special pants out there that look like skinny jeans but they aren’t!  No, they are skinny pants and they come in stretchy cottony material!

Let’s look at two skinny jeans/pants options.

1.  J. Crew makes these wonderful things called the Minnie Pant.  I love them in so many ways.  They are one of the best pant inventions I have ever come across.  And they come in tons of fun colors.  See, don’t they look like a colored skinny jean in black???  But!  They are a cotton and spandex blend.  Now, if you purchase these wonderful pants, it does say they are dry clean.  But, the day I first bought them the girl in the store told me she owned several pairs of these wonderfully delicious pants and all she did was wash them and hang to dry.  It works.  I’ve done it.  Tell me someone over 50 can’t get wear these.  I dare you!

Click on the photo below to go directly to J. Crew’s web site and blow your budget on Minnie pants in Black, British Khaki (Did you know that was a color?  Yes, yes, it’s very official!), Navy, Boulevard Green (Did you read my post yesterday about Hunter Green?  Well, you can get your green fix with these pants!!!), Vibrant Flame (now $79.50) and Deep Orchid (now $49.99).

Minnie Pant Courtesy of J. Crew – $89.50

2.  J. Brand makes a wonderful masterpiece of a jean.  They really do.  One day I will find the courage to spend this much on a pair of pants.  I know what you are thinking.  What?!?  She would spend that much on a pair of pants!!!  And I hang my head in shame.  Yes, I would.  And I’ll tell you why.  See, dear readers, there is this thing that exists called cost per wear.  And trust me.  I would wear the heck out of these things.  So, by the time these pants were ready to retire from my closet, the cost per wear would probably be .01.  Think about it.  It’s a crazy concept.  I”ll let you work the math here for a while.

See The Duchess below in her J. Brand 811 Mid-Rise Skinny Leg in Navy Twill.  Doesn’t she look so classic in these?  By now you probably think I have a crush on her.  No, not really, although my husband would like to think that I do.  No, no.  I just think she has it down style-wise.  Of course, I would have it totally down as well if I had millions of dollars at my disposal.  But that is a story for another day.

Click on the link below to blow your entire house payment on these jeans!  Just kidding.  They aren’t THAT bad.

Kate Middleton J. Brand Jeans – $169 Courtesy of Instyle

Do you know the best thing about skinny jeans/pants?  You can tuck them into your boots without the dreaded fold over line.  C’mon.  You know what I’m talking about.  When you try to shove your not-so-skinny jeans/pants into your boots for the fall/winter.  We know your secret!

I will leave you with one more word of caution about skinny jeans/pants, or really any pant for that matter.  Watch the rolling at the bottom.  You’ve got to be careful.  Sometimes it can make you look stumpy.  I think you can get away with it if the upper part of your body appears longer (Yes!  You can make your torso look longer by what you are wearing!  Post for another day.  If you really want to know, just ask me!) or if your pants are higher waisted.

See, great example below.  Keri Russell is in a skinny(er) cuffed khaki.  She looks great because the pants are higher waisted.  Does this mean that I never cuff my skinny jeans/pants?  Of course not!  It means that some days I just mind less than others.  One way to get away with it is if you are wearing a high heel with your cuffed pants.  Please don’t keep cuffing in place of a good tailor.  The next time you need a pair of jeans/pants hemmed, ask the tailor to keep the original hem.  If they look at you like you are Brittany Spears and you just shaved your head in front of them, run and find yourself another tailor stat!  Life is too short to suffer with a bad tailor.  In an ideal world, your skinny jean/pant should hit right above your ankle, sans cuff!

Keri Russell skinny khaki cuffed courtesy of InStyle

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