Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Playing Chicken with Fashion: Pretty vs. Skinny Jeans

Of the many things I pretend to be, fashionable isn't one of them. Though I enjoy keeping up with What Kids Are Wearing Nowadays ("WKAWN"), I only incorporate trends that suit my figure or preference. I don't fancy myself the most novel dresser around, though I have a defined style I prefer. When I wear pearls, I do so with not a whiff of irony.

When the skinny jeans fashion came along lo these two years ago or so, I was content to wait out the skintight storm. I envy those who can pull them off favorably, but as one who has hips officially certified by a doctor as wide, I am not one of you.

Happily, ignoring things I don't like comes naturally to me, hailing as I do from a long line of people wholly unwilling to acknowledge any unpleasantness in our midst. You may keep your "Oprah"-style sentimentalism; we'll take our vodka sodas with a splash of Pink Elephant, thankyouverymuch.

I may be strong in ignoring that which I dislike, but as my old reliable bootcuts & flares started to die out, I also began to run out of replacement options, faced as I was with a sea of skinnies. Jeans are a non-negotiable segment of any Southern Californian's wardrobe, so you can see the dilemma.

Imagine my feeling of triumph, then, when I opened up the Gospel According to "In Style" and spied this:

I tried to avoid omnipresent La Gwyneth here. I truly did, but she is everywhere, always. Sigh.
Granted, I'm betting neither of these ladies have been deemed officially childbearing of hip by their OB - not everyone can be this fortunate - but I'll take a fashionable return to flattering flared jeans when I get it.

Most importantly, I take from this as a "win" for Team Pink Elephant - if we ignore something long enough, it will go away. Fashion being cyclical, it may not disappear forever, but we're a resilient bunch. Gwyneth, Our Lady of Pervasive Presence, consider yourself warned.

12 comments:

TexasLauren77 said...

Amen!! I'm choosing to ignore this trend, myself. While I have not been certified by a doctor, I was told by a former roommate (who actually thought this was a compliment) (parentheses!) that I have "child-bearing hips." While I have no wee ones of my own to prove this theory, I would prefer stepping out of the house in enough cold weather clothing to look like the Michelin Tire Man in Austin's 100 degree weather predicted for today before I put said child bearing hips on display for the world to gawk at in skinny jeans.

Katherine said...

I felt the same way about skinny jeans - I finally broke down about a year ago but am so glad that bootcut is coming back :) Loved this post, and your blog...:)

LPC said...

Concur 100% on having ignored skinnies all this time. Will persist, however, in wearing my pearls ironically:). Also, my father can't even listen to Puccini. Too much sentiment. Strauss is as much sentiment as he can tolerate.

Lisa said...

yes! I do not begrudge the skinny people who can wear skinny jeans, but for the love, how about something for the rest of us?

Carly Anne said...

It didn't even occur to me that pearls are being worn ironically until you mentioned it. And then I threw up in my mouth a little.

The Shabby Princess said...

Ohhh skinny jeans are the devil. I'm short and curvy, you can see where this is a massive issue.

thepreppyprincess said...

Skinny jeans...what...in style???? (Heh, heh, heh.) Of course, this query comes from someone who has been ignoring that "capri pants fad" we've seen the last twenty years. Of course, denial is one of my strongest personality traits, it makes many things bearable.

From your child-bearing-width-hips pal,
tp

for a different kind of girl said...

I'm just now starting to fit back into my bootcut jeans, so this news delights me in ways that border on unholy.

Annabel Manners said...

Boot-cut jeans are a flattering delight - agreed. However, don't underestimate the cuteness of skinny jeans tucked into knee-high boots. Somehow it mitigates the risks. (Note: I'd rather swallow glass than wear them with flats.)

Perfectly Imperfect said...

I never ever gave up my bootcuts because I loved them. And these hips can't do the skinnies with flats look. No way. Thank you all whom are holy for bringing these styles back!

misss_e said...

I wear skinnies and flares, however I love boot cuts. They are just more flattering. I have one pair and I have been wearing them over and over lately, but I dont feel any kind of way about that...I may have worn them to work Friday, washed them and turned around and put them on for work the very next day.

Jennifer said...

I tried to ignore them, but in the end I did cave. I'm even *hangs head in shame* wearing them to work. (its a casual place after all)

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