Men Should Only Wear Skinny Jeans

Why Men Should Only Wear Skinny Jeans

After the great response for the bootcut jeans post, I wanted to do one for the men and I think it’s quite controversial. I’m a strong believer that men should only wear skinny jeans. I have multiple reasons behind this, so I thought I would turn it into a blog post.

Skinny jeans on men, for me, are the best fit. I’m not saying they have to be super skintight like a legging, but somewhere between a very slim straight, and a fitted skinny is the best. Much like women’s jeans and how the men’s denim trends follow them over time, bootcut and flared jeans are just not a thing for men anymore, which I am happy about. I’ve never thought bootcut jeans look good on men at all as I find they have a strange silhouette that doesn’t suit the male body.

Another reason that skinny jeans on men look better is because you actually see the shape of the legs, which is highly flattering. Whenever a guy is in baggy jeans, it looks messy and untidy, there’s nothing classic or sleek about it (goodbye 90’s!). Loose and ill fitting jeans always swamp the body and are not flattering to the male body shape at all. Much like women wearing skinny jeans shows off their figure, it does the exact same thing for men and keeps them looking proportionate.

Skinny jeans on men leave room to show off your footwear choice as well, so if you have some great sneakers, boots, loafers, driving shoes etc, your skinny jeans will show these off perfectly! There’s no bulky denim fabric covering them up, staining them blue, getting wet in puddles etc and ruining the shoes. It’s just a smarter choice all round.

I’m hoping that skinny jeans for men never, ever go out of fashion and they remain a thing, permanently. I know women’s have, so men’s should be the same. I think it’s one of the best denim trends there is because it’s so flattering, stylish, and even considered sexy actually when there’s a great fitting pair of jeans because of how much they show off the male frame. The pictures I included here of male fashion bloggers really highlight how good they look as they can be worn with anything, as you can see.

Obviously there are some exceptions, if you’re an older/mature guy, skinny jeans might not be for you, but my recommendation is to opt for a slim fit instead, don’t choose anything baggy. It’s much smarter to get a good fitting pair of jeans. If you’re a guy that’s bigger, and skinny jeans make you feel uncomfortable, that’s ok, my recommendation is a straight/slim fit, worn a size up. This way you still have that slimmer leg, but it’s not too fitted against the skin. Obviously if you’re using them for their original purpose of work and hard labour, a loose fit is fine, but for style purposes, I don’t think anything but a skinny/slim fit is ok these days. It’s skinny all the way guys! What’s your opinion?

I think the slimmer the better, to an extent, so I know a lot of you men wear women’s skinny jeans to get a more comfortable fit. Men’s jeans can often be thick and stiff, while women’s are really stretchy and lightweight, which makes them a great option for men to choose. I like that the boundaries in fashion are being pushed a lot these days! Let me know your thoughts!

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Image Credit: Your Average Guy, Rowan Row, Chez Rust, Magic Fox & BACKGRID.


  1. Black stallion
    July 26, 2018 / 2:54 pm

    Well said.
    Me personally, I like a clean well defined look.

    • Lorna
      July 26, 2018 / 2:57 pm

      Yeah, it’s much sleeker!

  2. Henry Coppens
    July 26, 2018 / 3:02 pm

    I agree pretty much entirely with your thinking about skinny jeans for men and your reasoning particularly as they advertise a good leg shape and show off foot ware. But people come in all shapes and sizes and short and stocky or overweight men do not look good in very skinny jeans. Overweight females can to some extent get away with skinny or spray on type jeans, but men cannot. Some sort of standard cut, but never boot cut or flared jeans, is more suitable for these types. Long live skinny and tight jeans for the right legs. Henry

    • Lorna
      July 26, 2018 / 3:34 pm

      That’s what I said in the paragraph near the end, for bigger guys, to wear a slim/straight fit in a size up.

      • Henry Coppens
        July 26, 2018 / 5:11 pm

        Sorry Lorna, your article did not fully download – IT perversity!

      • anonimatovato
        September 3, 2018 / 6:40 pm

        Sometimes I wonder if there’s a double standard when it comes to bigger guys wearing skinny jeans. If bigger women can wear a good fitting skinny jeans and still look fab, I think guys can do the same.

        • Lorna
          September 4, 2018 / 12:55 am

          I think it’s all about how they are styled to be honest. Curvy ladies will often wear a looser top and tuck their skinnies into boots, so it’s definitely all in the outfit.

          • Black Stallion
            September 4, 2018 / 3:48 am

            I’ve really come to appreciate the skinny jeans, with the knee high boots.
            One or two years, you wouldn’t have caught me dead in knee high boots or skinny’s, but now, I’m the skinny jean w/ boots king. That’s my go too, I really dig the clean even look, no excessive material, clean lines, clothes move with you. Kind of an edgy look, but uniform.
            I don’t know but I really like the look, I have not seen any other guys here in the States of America with the look, other than maybe Lenny Kravitz, or the late Prince, but those dudes also wear heels with theirs, and I have not got to that stage yet, and that’s a bit much for me.

            • Lorna
              September 4, 2018 / 11:23 am

              I haven’t seen anyone with boots and skinny jeans here either actually, maybe you’re a trendsetter!

            • Black Stallion
              September 4, 2018 / 12:23 pm

              Its still early in the season yet, but because of the thin breathable material, it makes a case of ease to wear the jeans, and with the boots, well they are boots, but when winter gets here I’ll be ready.

        • Black stallion
          September 4, 2018 / 3:40 am

          Yes, there all kinds of ridiculous double, triple, quadruple standards.

  3. Ricky
    July 26, 2018 / 6:40 pm

    Totally agree Lorna, baggy jeans make almost any man look like a vagrant. Men’s jeans have come along why in the stretch department. I grew up with Levis of !00% cotton and it was work to get a good fit that you could move in.

  4. Tim
    July 26, 2018 / 10:04 pm


    My god, a singular style of jeans for men, how boring would that be? Doing so would infer that there is nothing better possibly bringing to a halt the innovation and imagination that got us to where we are today. I love the excitement of exploring alternatives and new things and could not be tied down to a singular style of jeans. Of course, I’d probably be wearing skinny jeans while I pursued that holy grail.

    • Lorna
      July 31, 2018 / 1:23 am

      If there’s something else that can come along that’s better, then I’m open, but I highly doubt there is! Nothing so far has beaten it for women, so I’m doubtful on men!

      • Tim
        August 1, 2018 / 2:33 am

        Wow, did I step in it. Are we talking jeans styles or politics? All chiding aside, maybe the subject should be rephrased as “will men only wear skinny jeans” or better yet “will skinny jeans become as popular for men as they have for women”. After all, even women don’t only wear skinny jeans. I’d avoid the use of should as that could infer authoritarianism and we all know how that has worked out.

        Never the less, I believe that this is a topic worth deeper discussion. Now if skinny jeans are the predominant style for men, how would we know? How do we know they are for women? At a fundamental level, just what is a skinny jean. We really need to agree on this our it is merely a philosophical discussion. In my mind, anything with a leg opening less than 12 inches is a skinny jean, 12″ to 13.5″ are slim, 13.5″ to 15″ are strait and greater that 15″ is just too baggy (if you ask about bootcut or flare legs, see Lorna’s article on women’s flair leg jeans). What would you classify as skinny?

        In conclusion, I’m an evidence driven person. I need real data not anecdotal evidence to support dramatic proposals. This is our opportunity as stylized history maybe watching. This is our opportunity to put a stake in the ground on what is versus what we’d desire.

        • Black stallion
          August 1, 2018 / 3:30 am

          But there are different degrees, or variations of skinny jeans.
          What you may call Skinny, I may call straight leg jeans.
          But in all honesty, I like my jeans to fit like leggings, and that’s really only because I have a figure where I can wear it, as I’m not obese.
          I don’t know what part of the world you’re in, but here in the States of America, it’s mostly frowned upon for men to wear skin tight jeans, as the article of clothing is often associated with women or gay.
          Even myself used to frown upon skin tight jeans. But that was in part due to my own in-security, and the lack of stretch in jeans.
          But times have changed, as well as my view on men wearing of skin tight jeans.
          So the key factor is that most men are too insecure to wear them.
          Now, do I think that men should only wear skinny Jeans? I’d say no. Now as far as my jeans go in my collection, I have slim straight, which some have referred to as skinny, but that’s only because they are tight on the hips, thighs, and calves, my logic for skintight jeans is having a 28”-29” waist but muscular legs, without wearing oversized jeans.
          With spray on jeans, I get the clean look, and I don’t get that bunch of material cinching up in the small of my back.
          All that being said, bodies are different, and evebody has their reasons. I’m sure you get the point me rambling on about the technicalities.

          • James
            August 3, 2018 / 12:12 am

            Jeggings have been my choice of jeans style for a year or so. They’re spray on skintight which I like the look and feel of, but they’re also quite thin and very stretchy material so I’m not cut in half at the waist. Being out and about in London is no big deal as pretty much anything goes. I get the comment about guys being insecure and I was apprehensive when I started wearing skinnies out. “What will people think?” I’d worry. What got me through that were the girls who served me when I went shopping for them. They were all very nice and lots made genuine compliments about how good I looked. Yes, they want a sale, but they weren’t selling, they were being honest. But even better, my girlfriend loves me wearing my skinnies and jeggings and that’s great.

        • Lorna
          August 1, 2018 / 10:23 am

          The reason I wrote ‘should’ is because I did a lot of research and my opinion seems to match a lot of everyone else’s, especially guys, as skinny jeans being the only fit that a man should wear. I of course added exceptions in the article, but it’s not just my opinion or authority here, it’s many, many peoples. Skinny varies in tightness, it’s just an overall term for a slim fitting jean. You can’t base it on a measurement as a 6ft 2 muscular guy wearing a 14″ leg opening can look like skinny jeans, however you put those on a 5ft 8 guy with slim legs, they look incredibly loose and sloppy, so it’s based on visual fit. My idea behind this post was to spark a debate and a lot of input, and it’s done just that, so I’m happy with the title and article. It’s just a light hearted article, you don’t need to take it as written word and that you serve jail time if you wear anything else, lol!

          • Tim
            August 1, 2018 / 6:25 pm

            To continue the debate, as Black Stallion said, many men just lack the self confidence to wear skinny jeans. Part of that is preconceived prejudices here in the US. As such, I’m sure that men could use some confidence building help. Getting their wives, girlfriends or boyfriends to encourage them to try and wear skinny jeans would go a long away. Skinny jeans shouldn’t be just an urban phenomena.

            Of course, it won’t be easy to get men to only wear skinny jeans. An observational test case would be very useful. I’d propose Singapore as the location for such observation. I say this because Singapore is geographically small, well educated, relatively well off, stylish, modern, and has demonstrated capabilities in mitigating environmental concerns with respect to wearing skinny jeans. To be honest, in colder (freezing) weather skinny jeans don’t offer much warmth and that’s not likely to change until there is a magnitude of improvement in the thermal characteristics of skinny jeans or if men adopt over the knee boots such as women have. In hot humid weather, skinny jeans just soak up the sweat. In Singapore, the year round daily temperature range is on the order of 6 or so degrees. They don’t have freezing weather and with the exception of jungle abodes, they have unparalleled air conditioning for both indoor and outdoor usage.

            Vive la revolucion – skinny jeans for everyone at all times 🙂

            • Henry Coppens
              August 1, 2018 / 8:05 pm

              Any form of long pants for outdoors in tropical climates is uncomfortable. So shorts tend to rule (pity!). Where I live (Johannesburg) the climate is hot in summer at times and cool at night, but never humid . In our winter, such as it is, it is generally cool and sometimes coldish at night. So one can enjoy skinny jeans the year round, without any sort of climate induced discomfort.
              In the back of my mind I have a sneaky suspicion that the fashion pendulum will swing, as it always does, and there are ominous sign on the horizon of this, then loose jeans (curtains!!) will become the rage. Heaven help us!!! So keep up the pressure for tight jeans male and female. We are relying on you!!!!

  5. Srini
    July 27, 2018 / 8:27 am

    I have good, shapely legs which are lean. I also maintain a physique which is lean. For me, for some time now it has been skinny jeans and sometimes spray on as well. It feels good, and does not sag, more so at the bottom. A narrow opening stops at the ankle, and makes it convenient to wear sneakers without any socks. Comfortable while walking, which is difficult with loose, broad openings. No jeans or trousers should ever be loose and baggy, they should fit and be skinny or super skinny. Age hardly matters, if one is fit. Enjoy skinny/super skinny jeans.

    • Henry Coppens
      July 27, 2018 / 8:34 am

      Yes, Yes, Yes!!!

    • Black stallion
      July 27, 2018 / 10:16 am

      I just wish I was more confident when I was younger. But now, I am in love with spray ons, super spray ons, and extreme skinnies.

    • Lorna
      July 31, 2018 / 1:23 am

      Thanks for your comment!

  6. Henry Coppens
    July 27, 2018 / 10:39 am

    Go to: on Pinterest for excellent examples of guys in tight jeans. If this won’t maintain your confidence for tight jeans nothing will.

  7. Lu
    July 30, 2018 / 10:46 pm

    Thanks for the supportive article Lorna I echo your same thoughts! Women’s skinny jeans are unbelievably comfortable and so flattering from top to bottom. Love wearing Paige Verdugo and 7 For All Mankind second skin jeans. The few pairs of men’s jeans I have are only for things like working on cars or moving furniture. Look forward to more such articles from you.

    • Lorna
      July 31, 2018 / 1:24 am

      Glad you enjoyed it, Lu! I have numerous articles from over the last few years about women’s jeans for men, if you want to run a search! There’s many! As well as the super skinny fits. Let me know if you can’t find them!

  8. James
    July 31, 2018 / 10:56 pm

    Totally spot on article Lorna, I love my skinnies. As a callow youth in the 80s I simply lived in skintight jeans. They were so in fashion and were unisex back then. The 90s heralded baggy styles and I just hated them. So when the skinny jeans started appearing I just had to revisit my youth and get a pair. I’ve keep myself in good shape so I felt I could carry it off. This was about 12 years ago and I couldn’t get them other than in women’s so biting the bullet, I went to New Look in London’s Oxford Street and tried a pair in a size 8. They felt soooooo good on and I loved how they looked. Skintight waist down to the knees, then a little less so to the ankle but still real narrow. Since then I’ve really got back into skinnies and now have lots of different brands, colours and fit.

    For the last year or so I’ve gotten more and more into jeggings as the material is even softer than the skinnies and they can be worn spray on skintight without cutting me in half!! I was a little wary getting into them as they’re really leggings, but to me now it’s second nature to wear them. As long as I’m not showing off too much, I think they’re great. My biggest challenge is finding footwear to match. Ankle and biker chick boots are great in the colder months, but for summer I’ve taken to lightweight trainers and thong flip flops, though I’m still not convince by these. Do you have any suggestions?



    • Lorna
      July 31, 2018 / 11:01 pm

      Hi James! It depends on your personal style, but loafers, driving shoes, low top trainers, that kind of thing is always good! Glad you like skinny jeans too, a lot of guys opt for jeggings actually! Topman even do a megging I think it’s called!

      • Black stallion
        August 1, 2018 / 12:58 am

        Yeah, I’ve gotten a pair of leggings from Topman.
        I use them for athleisure wear, or going to the gym. But I like the way the real track leggings for.

        • Lorna
          August 1, 2018 / 10:17 am

          Oh I meant the jeans leggings, not the sports ones!

          • Black stallion
            August 1, 2018 / 12:33 pm

            Question: I assume that “Jeggings” are denim jeans that fit like leggings, but with denim that stretches, functional pockets belt loops, fly or button fly, and button snap. If in fact that is the case, that’s mostly what I have, but I refer to them as spray ons, or super spray ons, or skinnies.

            • Lorna
              August 3, 2018 / 12:53 am

              Yep! That’s what they are! And like Henry said, the front pockets are often not working to keep it slimline.

      • James
        August 3, 2018 / 12:27 am

        Thanks for replying Lorna. Low top trainers are what I’ve been most comfortable with or simple plimsolls. But guess what? I was going through a cupboard earlier and found a couple of pairs of leather jazz shoes I’d forgotten about. One pair are a cranberry colour, the other bright red. Now it comes back to me….. I’d bought them from eBay a few years ago. Pineapple Dance Shop used to sell them in the 80s but like lots of things, they went out of fashion. They’re really light weight and I think quite stylish. How could I have forgotten these?!

    • Henry Coppens
      August 1, 2018 / 7:01 am

      I enjoy wearing thick soled creepers with secret socks, white or black . I think they go so well with the tightest of jeans.

    • Tim
      August 1, 2018 / 6:38 pm


      Regarding women’s skinny jeans, if you are looking for the most washes, skinniest styles, and most innovative fabrics, women’s jeans are usually the best bet. Not that they won’t become available in men’s offerings but they just seem to show up in women’s jeans first. I’m relatively slim such as you and women’s jeans were my introduction to real skinny jeans and some of my favorite pairs remain the women’s offerings from Citizens of Humanity.

  9. Black stallion
    August 1, 2018 / 1:01 am

    For footwear, I’ve grown to like the combat boot look. Any tennis shoes look, but don’t do bulky tennis shoes.
    I’m trying to find some extra tall combat boots, or goth style boots, that aren’t over the top.
    Anybody have any suggestions?

    • Tim
      August 2, 2018 / 10:55 pm

      Black Stallion,

      What is your shoe size? Have you checked out the offerings from Dr Martens?

      • Black stallion
        August 3, 2018 / 12:54 am

        In shoe size I wear a 9 or 9 1/2.
        I really want like a mid calf boot.

        • Tim
          August 3, 2018 / 4:38 am

          With that shoe size, a pair of women’s boots might fit. Maybe something from Frye.

  10. Henry Coppens
    August 1, 2018 / 2:28 pm

    Jeggings: Only problem is that a lot of the so called jeggings have back pockets like jeans but the front ones are sewn up and, although look like the typical jeans pockets, are not of any use as pockets. Nevertheless I can sort of live with this as they fit so well.

    • James
      August 3, 2018 / 12:36 am

      IMHO, pockets on jeggings are a styling feature and aren’t intended to be used as pockets as you get lumps, bumps and bulges which spoil the sleek, sexy lines the jeggings give you in the first place. One favourite pair of Miss Sixty J Lot skinnies had front pockets which I got sewn up to give a smoother look.

  11. Mathew
    August 2, 2018 / 12:46 am

    Great article

    I have a question can men get away with wearing women fashion nova Jeans?

    • James
      August 3, 2018 / 12:38 am

      Why shouldn’t we? If you like them, wear them!

      • Mathew
        August 5, 2018 / 2:44 am

        Thanks I was curious about it I’m a straight guy but i like the material of the Jeans.

  12. Jared
    August 2, 2018 / 9:08 pm

    The picture at the beginning of the article, what brand of skinny jeans are those?

  13. Henry Coppens
    August 5, 2018 / 9:39 am

    Allow me to indulge! I am celebrating 13 years of skinny jeans for men. In 2005 after summiting Mt Elbrus in southern Russia my colleagues and I had two days to spend in Moscow before returning to South Africa. There in Red Square I beheld a dude looking very cool wearing denim jeans that were distinctly narrow. He was probably a tourist from the UK as he had the union jack logo on his back pack. Interesting! Was this just a bit of a freak or wearing old jeans from the mid ’80s? However his jeans looked pretty new. Then I started to see articles in GQ and Mens Health about skinny jeans. By today’s standards they would have been classed as merely slim. But nevertheless it was a change from the prevailing wide leg boot cut. I decided I wanted in on this so, being fairly adept with my wife’s sewing machine, I proceeded to ‘take in’ the legs of a couple of my Levis’ 501′. Bearing in mind that this material is ‘rigid’ (no stretch), it took me a while to get the legs right – sewing, then unpicking etc – tedious but I soldiered on in the cause of fashion. First attempt was too tight in that they became distinctly uncomfortable. Then my wife, who by coincidence, wears similar sized jeans to mine, albeit with a wider hip, suggested I try on a pair of her jeans that had a bit of ‘stretch’ and modify them. Voila! My first pair of ‘skinnies’. They were not skin tight but definitely ‘skinny’. The prevailing fashion dictate suggested they be worn with pointed shoes – a la ’60s style – really cool, dashing combination if done properly – and I still maintain so even though the pointed shoe phase for males has passed on. But I digress. Being adventurous as far as male fashion is concerned, I ignored the negative comments, mostly from males, and took heart from the positive ones which were mostly from females. After all, was it not Coco Chanel who said if one wanted to be attracted to the opposite sex, especially if you are male, make sure you ‘stand out’. So I kept a beady eye on developments in men’s skinny jeans. I noticed how they became popular, especially the black ones, with the ‘Emo’ youths of the late naughties. But these guys were so skinny that they did not look especially trendy in these so called skinny jeans – very slim, yes, but not tight – probably just as well as they did not have the leg shape to go. A case of fitting a match stick into a drinking straw!

    To be continued. Next episode in a few days.

    • Lorna
      August 6, 2018 / 12:47 pm

      Henry this is awesome! Part 2 please!

  14. Henry Coppens
    August 7, 2018 / 12:31 pm

    Episode 2.
    Well, we are now in 2010. Males generally have not yet embraced skinny jeans. Some of the younger set, like skate boarders have, but the mainstream not. I take the bold step of ordering jeans on line, with about an 80% success rate i.e. some fit nicely – brands like Nudie, Cheap Monday, Topman. Levis have not woken up to skinny jeans yet. I take my first tentative steps at buying ladies jeans and skulk furtively into the ladies sections of department stores – which afford a degree of anonymity compared to smaller shops. I look the other way when going through the check out – or ‘Oh, I am buying for my wife – she has a similar size to me’ (true). Now (2018), its WTF. I lose about 10 kg and get back almost to my middle 20’s weight. The pleasure of these jeans with pointy shoes propels me to be ever bolder in buying ladies jeans. My boogying at clubs improves. Then its tight jeans with military boots, laces loose – a true unisex look. My jeans collection passes the 40 mark and my cupboard becomes a kaleidoscope of colour. I become pretty adept at ‘tailoring’ the jeans with my wife’s sewing machine – less of a hit and miss. Very few jeans are narrower around the knee – so the sewing machine becomes handy in obtaining the tight fit around the narrower portion of the leg between the thigh and the calf. The slightest bit of bagginess in anathema. I notice that the percentage of ‘elastane’ in the women’s jeans starts to rise above the 1% mark – more stretch. Yay!! I notice, too, about now, that women are starting to wear skin tight jeans for the whole leg length (2011). High heels, legs to the ceiling and a cropped jacket, leather or denim. What a pleasure to behold!! I buy more ladies jeans. They fit off the shelf – utter joy!! ‘Elastane’ reaches 3% – so now it’s not necessary to take them in around the knee. Less male snide comments, more positive ones, and more women asking me where I get my jeans. How do you get them to fit so well? Well, you see…….. About now jeggings start to appear, and pointy shoes pass out of fashion – pity – I really enjoyed them. Ah, creepers to the rescue, and the Perfecto style biker jacket, and now, wait for it:::: true heaven on earth, STUDS. I flood my denim and leather jackets a la Burberry style and the odd few on jeans as well. Ever boldly I go. Studs on my creepers and Doc Martens……..

    [I would love to give pics – is this possible on your Jeans Blog?}

    Next episode: spray-ons.

    • Lorna
      August 7, 2018 / 5:11 pm

      I sent you an email, Henry!

  15. James
    August 7, 2018 / 10:59 pm

    So Sunday I had a day at the beach. It was blistering hot and I love it like that. Even so, I wore a pair of light blue jeggings, a simple dark blue tshirt and my rediscovered jazz shoes. I was laying on my towel minding my own when a group of young guys, late teens, early 20s at most walked by. One of them couldn’t contain himself and started yelling abuse, including “Oi, you, gay Pride is in Brighton”. He said it three times, loud enough for me to hear, but more so his friends could hear. I didn’t look, I didn’t reply, I didn’t anything. Nothing good would’ve come of it and his opinion of me is none of my business. He and his mates moved on. Interesting none of his mates joined in the abuse – good for them. I guess the poor soul has issues he’s unable to deal with or understand. I hope he finds peace.

    Why do I tell you this? Well, as much as we dress with freedom of choice, there’s always the risk someone will object. It could’ve been worse, and I was no more upset than before it happen. How do you guys and girls feel? Do you ever experience or worry about it?

    • Lorna
      August 8, 2018 / 12:46 am

      I’m so sorry that happened to you! You’re right though, there must be some issues he is struggling with as abuse like that always comes from a deep deeded issue, and ignorance. Usually it’s lack of attention or feeling insecure so acting out like that is an attempt to get attention and be praised by his mates, which I am glad didn’t happen. To me, skinny jeans are just common place. I feel like it’s rarer these days (in the UK anyway) to get abuse about them, compared to how it used to be. I’m not even sure why people object, it truly baffles me!

      • James
        August 8, 2018 / 10:35 pm

        Thanks for your kind words of support Lorna. I guess the young chap is insecure in himself and was trying to look big and clever in front of his friends. Never mind, I’ve heard a lot worse and it doesn’t affect me. Three days later and guess what? I wore the same jeggings and no one said a word. Funny old world, innit?!

        • Lorna
          August 8, 2018 / 11:12 pm

          It is! It’s all about who you meet on that day, happy or angry folk. Good that you have the confidence!

  16. Marc Bulan
    May 5, 2019 / 2:22 am

    I totally agree with this article. I purchase female skinny straight leg stretchy jeans. The jeans are very comfortable, period. They are thin, light-weight and form fitting. I do not wear them as jeggings, just snug enough to show the correct proportions of my lower body. I am bulkier on top, pecs and lats. I have yet to have one female ask me not to wear them. Equal opportunity, females are expected to illustrate their bodies so i give them the same respect.

  17. Black Stallion
    May 5, 2019 / 1:21 pm

    Glad this post came back around.
    I’ve found me knee high combat boots, and I must say the look has received many positive comments, and is a show stopper.
    I have been stopped, and complimented on the look by both men and women, especially on the boots. If designers would just start making tall boots for men, there would definitely be a fashionable look once again for us men that is more sophisticated than the baggy look, with shoes. I guess for know I will bask in the uniqueness of being one of the less than handful of men sporting the look.

  18. Matt
    June 12, 2019 / 4:08 pm

    as always you speak much sense Lorna!… can’t believe i missed this article

    my current fav. are Dr Denim Lexy, got a bright blue in XS (Asos sale) fit my short frame nicely with a lovey close skintight fit to the ankle, pairing them up with smart skinny shirts as always :)… guess the lexy are on the jean/jegging border …

    keep up the good work… I know the forum is on the way out but added a picture anyway…


    • Lorna
      June 13, 2019 / 6:03 pm

      They look great! Thank you for sharing, Matt!

        • Lorna
          June 14, 2019 / 5:06 pm

          I love when you get a pair of jeans and live in them!

          • Black Stallion
            June 14, 2019 / 5:33 pm

            I know right!
            I absolutely refuse to even wear my slim fits anymore. I’ve tried to wear them, but then I may only have them on for 1hour, before I decide I don’t want to wear them, then I will put on my spray ons.
            Honestly, have cut grass I. 90 dog high humidity temps, in my spray ons, which even in those temps, are more comfortable. Than the slim fits, which have no stretch.

            • James
              June 15, 2019 / 11:19 pm

              I know what you mean about wearing spray on jeans as opposed to slim fit ones. I was in London the other day as wore a pair of what 5 years ago I’d have said were skinny jeans. They’re tight down all over but go straight down from mid calf to the hem so are loose around my ankle by an inch or so. But I missed wearing my jeggings so I went into Top Shop and bought a pair of Joni jeggings in a mid blue, 24″ waist and 34″ inside leg. They felt so much better being so tight, it was quite reassuring lol

              I wore them straight from the shop and carried on with my day, only to get caught in a absolute cloud burst around lunch time and very quickly ended up soaked to the skin. If you ever want to get your jeans even tighter and wondered how, get them wet. I spent the rest of the day in them but by 4pm they were virtually dry again, I suppose from the heat of my legs, etc…

            • Matt
              June 16, 2019 / 8:41 am

              completely agree!!
              it’s amazing how jeans which I used to think were genuinely skinny I would now think are just slim…

              James – so true !! I love topshop joni… got some from oxford street a while ago and also wore them straight out of the store… they are a fab fit!… what are you wearing them with, have you tried Dr denim lexy?

              I seem to need to find tighter and tighter fits to be happy these days!! – so let us now if you find any advances on the joni’s…

            • James
              June 16, 2019 / 10:59 pm

              Hi Matt

              I wear brown ankle boots with a side buckle (also normally sold to girls like the Joni’s) and a crop biker jacket. The time I got caught in the rain I had a shower proof jacket so my too half stayed dry but below the waist was like I’d been hosed down lol

              I love your black Joni’s, you look fabulous in them. All of mine are various shades of blue, but I’ll have to get some black ones now. I mean, they look soooooo, you know ?? I tried registering on the forum but it wouldn’t accept me for some reason. If I could get on I’d post some picture.

            • Lorna
              June 22, 2019 / 7:49 pm

              Hi James, the forum closed over a year ago because nobody was using it, that’s why no new registrations have been accepted. Thanks!

            • Matt
              June 18, 2019 / 11:23 am

              thanks James… yep I know what you mean about the black joni’s … they are a no-hiding type of look:)…
              if you manage to get a picture on the forum do share…

  19. TheElegance
    June 18, 2019 / 12:28 am

    (Warning: book ahead. Tl;dr at bottom.)

    Lovely! It seems at the time of my post, I am going to be the only dissenting point of view on this subject, which is excellent because in a discussion there should always be a converse opinion. First, I’m not here to take apart your article (which is a wonderful one, assuredly!) but say “Yes, and…” to further the topic. While your research is sound, I would point out that there is an equal divide on the subject, rather than a majority vote towards ‘skinny’ jeans, which as pointed out in another reply by Black Stallion, is subject to opinion. Perhaps it is location-based (googling from the US here), as I know the UK/Europe prefers a slimmer fit overall. This is personal experience from having worked in Richmond borough of London, as well as working for Suitsupply (Dutch company), which is all about slim fitting items. Now, to the point, skinny/slim jeans should not be the end-all of jean cuts because as Tim said, that would be boring. Also, because they are ubiquitous in society, skinny jeans bleed into other types of clothing through osmosis, causing a lot of trouble for other areas of retail, namely suiting. A skinny suit looks like a child’s suit. It is prone to ripping at the seams or the fabric itself. Jeans do not face the same scrutiny as they are tougher, but most folks will not make the connection, as to them, trousers are trousers and therefore are all durable and god forbid they rip, or else the world owes them their money back.

    Retail bias aside, so many people take the skinny jean to the painted-on, or ‘jegging’ level, which is not elegant on him/her, or ze/hir. Is it sexy? Possibly, because you see everything you are looking to see. Does it cause health concerns for anyone with testicles and a penis? Definitely. And where does the line fall for those with bowed or knocked knees? (No hate on what nature gave you, but merely posing the question) To those who love them, please continue to wear them, I am not shaming you. But I am pointing out that they do not flatter all body types, and in general, make most average-height folks look short or disproportional, and shorter folks look round and squat. It emphasizes the torso length, and in the exemplary case where a larger streetwear tee is worn, the person becomes large cardboard box supported by two bamboo skewers. A leg with a long, clean line is elegant and beautiful on most people, even those who may keep some beautiful extra weight on their bodies. A straight leg can add height, and the key here is to know how to wear jeans in the first place, regardless of their cut. Also, I will emphasize this: Hem length is e v e r y t h i n g . It can completely change the look of a jean. This is oft-overlooked and can actually be to blame for sloppiness or ‘vagrancy’ rather than the width of the jean itself. Excess bagginess at the bottom is absolutely not acceptable. Slight stacking? Definitely, if you have a more loose and casual aesthetic to your attire. The reason? it continues the line down over the shoe, again increasing the leg length. A wide leg can be powerful, so long as the hem length is also elegant. High waist and wider leg? Elegant, flowing, mysterious (what could be underneath?) representational rather than presentational. Why not do with clothing what our bodies naturally cannot? I personally love a high rise, wide leg, wide waistband, and a non-stretch material (to me, comfortability is for the weak lol [seriously though, if you have any kind of disability that clothing can exacerbate, my statement is absolutely moot!]) because there is a beauty in how something naturally forms to you, rather than have lycra or elastaine do the work for you. This, I believe, is what has made denim as desirable as it is to this point, because it is personal and tells a story over time.

    If you are into dressing for yourself/others (no shame in the latter) and creating your image, the point is to create an aesthetic that is a statement of when, where, and who you want to be. If you want to show off your body, show it off. If you want to achieve something you don’t have naturally, then create it with what you wear! To summarize, slim jeans don’t leave much to the imagination (not in a prudish way, but in an obvious statement of fact) and don’t do as much for the wearer. If your purpose is to say, “hey this is my body, this is what you will get, no surprises”, then go for it. I know I would prefer to say, “hey, my body is gorgeous regardless, but I want you to have to get into my pants to really find out what it looks like” (tee hee), as well as make an intriguing statement of corporeal architecture. I want to be the 2020 art deco tower in a time when nobody else is, so you will look and see the effortless flow and drape, without knowing how much time and effort I put into it. That does not mean you have to be, but I challenge you to make the harder choice to buck a trend and try. As with all clothing, skinny will not stay – it will cycle. It will be here, leave, and then come back. To make such a declarative statement otherwise is shaky ground to stand on. But I thank you for making it so I could challenge it.

    Tl;dr – Wider-leg jeans can be more elegant than slim/skinny. Nobody should wear skinny exclusively as it doesn’t flatter everyone. Hem length can make or break a trouser. But no shame in your choice, you live the life that makes you happiest.

    Thank you Lorna for writing this article!

    • anonimatovato
      June 18, 2019 / 5:35 am

      As much as I like super skinny or spray on styled jeans, I have purchased a wide leg styled jean, and I actually like that style too. They do have a classic timeless look that can go professional in the workforce, so yes, I’ve worn those at work too. I think it’s great to change it up a bit and not always wear spray-ons 24/7. Of course that’s just my opinion and everybody wear what makes you happy 🙂

  20. mark bulin
    July 15, 2019 / 4:08 am

    i understand what a quite people are writing about, do I, don’t I? what do i like? what does my wife like to see me in. do i put my foot down, lean over the line or just do something to make her happy. after a few years of marriage she decided she wanted a more demur husband. at first it was wearing her over sized shorts and leggings around the house, which i admit the leggings were very comfortable. then coupled with no seam feminine panties, so no line or seam could be seen. ovemed to be normal. i was the recipient of lighter more comfortable clothes, so not all is bad. then came ther time she bought jeggings and yoga pants for me. she is always loving and attentive and all the changes see women’s pocket-less slacks, pull up linen and ankle pants. about the most masculine pants i wear outside after work was women’s slim ankle golf pants, and they were very form fitting as well. so now the majority of my wardrobe is feminine. i guess you can say she does wear the pants in our house now and thats not all. we have evening parties with her girlfriends and our close friends. and she dresses me to show me off. eventually wearing mens clothes to work was a bit of a chore, but i drew the line as so to speak. most of our clothes match now to include perfume. though if i had to make a choice, i would choose the female leggings and very feminine skinny ankle slacks. they are just so comfortable, almost weightless. i will add, it comes in handy if you have body to revel every inch of your body to every single stranger you have contact with. just do what makes you happy, and unless you try the other side, you will never know. do women even wear pants anymore? there is something to that. i hurry home from work so i can be a good husband and change into my comfy clothes.

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