The Skinny on Skinnies
The DL on skinny jeans: Trends change all the time, it seems. In actuality, they change much slower than you might think. Sort of like time passes in the blink of an eye, but really a lot of time has passed between ‘then’ and now.
I’ve blogged extensively on trends and how slowly they move – really slowly – like years, so I’ll spare you the details on that. The shortened version so you don’t have to google it, trends usually last several years, depending on how they catch on – like lace. That was a trend, I’d consider it a staple now. You might not want to spend money on a trend, but think about a designer; they don’t want to chase the wind! They’ll invest millions into a trend that they see will be viable for a few years. Think of the amount of research and production goes into jumping on a bandwagon. I’d say, if you see a trend, you should try it out; it’ll be here for a while.
So, skinny jeans. Last year, I was talking with my denim rep about skinnies. I had read something on some blog (FYI, I wouldn’t trust a blogger who doesn’t have insider intel, or Old Navy is her choice for ‘style’) about skinny jeans going “out” and boot cut making a resurgence. She agreed that they had waned in popularity, but didn’t foresee them disappearing all together – they just weren’t front and center. Enter ankle booties. These had been on a style back burner for a while. Are they boots? Are they high tops? What are they? Because of the new found ankle bootie trend (if you’ve been hiding under a rock/not scrolling through Pinterest obsessively, they are boot shoes that come up to the ankle – they can be both with a heel, or without. Most popularly without a heel), skinnies are making a comeback, with a twist. That always seems to be the case, doesn’t it?! Because of the length of most skinny jeans, gals were cuffing their jeans to show off the tops of their boots (instead of tucking in the jeans). Designers have now shortened the hem of skinny jeans to be slightly higher than the boot top. Soooo, no cuffing required!!
This trend is particularly awesome for the longer legged gals who have felt a little silly with their ankles on display for all to see. Now tall girls can rejoice!
If you are feeling a little wary of looking like you’re rocking high water pants, when you are intending on rocking ankle pants, have no fear. Ankle pants have been ‘in’ for about 5 years, but were never paired with boots – only heels. They were the precursor to boyfriend jeans, which is essentially a less structured/refined ankle pant.