What I Wore When I Quit Skinny Jeans
Oh, this is hard. Skinny jeans. They are the thing and have been for more than 10 years. I remember when they came on the scene my first thought was, "99% of women are not flattered by that. I will NEVER wear them." And then, about 7 years ago, my jeans started getting more and more tapered until all I owned was skinny jeans. They are so great for wearing with riding boots, ankle boots, showing off my favorite flats, and most of what is available in stores.
I recently came back to the knowledge that my original assessment was correct. Skinny jeans don't flatter my figure. I take top down selfies mostly because it's quick and easy. I can step out the door onto the flattering, shaded natural light of my deck, not worry about the background or a tripod and remote control, or anything else. I'm busy. I have about 2 minutes to get these pictures before I run out the door to take the kids to school.
I haven't found a place with good lighting in my house to take pictures, and I feel really uncomfortable in front of the camera. I have no idea what to do with my arms and hands and legs and I seem to tilt my head a lot. Or is the camera tilted? Top down selfies eliminate all of those issues.
As a result of the super flattering top down selfie that makes everyone look thinner, I lost sight of my proportions. I am a pear, and no matter how thin or heavy I am, I am always a pear. I am wider in my hips than anywhere else in my body, which means I want to avoid drawing attention to that area. You know what draws attention to that? Skinny jeans.
They are like a giant spotlight on that part of my body. The goal for most of us is proportion and balance, no matter what our shape is. If the widest part of you is your middle or your shoulders, to be more proportionate, you need to seek balance in the rest of the body. This article refers to bootcut jeans as the jeans that flatter every body. Have you ever noticed that Jennifer Anniston, who has maybe the rockinest bod on the planet, wears bootcut jeans? If anyone in the world can get away with skinnies, it's her, and she chooses the more balanced, flattering bootcut jean. Skinnies don't flatter her as well. I can't believe I just wrote that. *She's perfect.*
What I love about skinny jeans
One length hem for all shoes
Showing off all my shoes and boots and booties to their fullest glory
They usually arrive the perfect length for me. No tailoring required.
If they don't arrive the perfect length, cuffing is cool
They can be edgy or dressed up
Tons of varieties available
They come in leather and snakeskin
What I don't love about skinny jeans
The compression all the way down to my ankles. I start to feel claustrophobic by that much compression by about 5:00
I look like a pear on legs.
They accentuate my hips
What I love about bootcut jeans
They are slenderizing
They give an illusion of balance to my body
They look more dressed up
Supposedly they are the next pant trend, so I'm officially ahead of the curve
What I don't love about bootcut jeans
They don't come in leather or snakeskin
Even if they did come in leather or snakeskin, would I want to wear them?
They aren't edgy
I get full on anxiety trying to figure out the right length to hem them. I can't commit to the cut.
They have to be hemmed to different lengths depending on the heel height of the shoe. I need 2-3 pairs of the same jeans to be able to wear them with different shoes.
What's the point of all the awesome boots if all you see is the toe poking out?
They look more dressed up, and I don't always want that.
They make me feel old and out of touch
So this week I've been wearing the barely bootcut jeans I got from Express during the sale I sent you last week. As much as I don't want to let go of my amazing skinny jean collection (and oh, have I got some great ones!), I cannot deny that these flatter me more. This is an experiment to see how I feel. Will I abandon skinny jeans forever? Will I ignore my body shape and wear what I like? Will I wear some of both? I've decided to do a 30-day challenge to give myself time to adjust to something so different, because, let's be honest, I HATE CHANGE. So, 30 days with no skinny jeans. How will I adapt my edgy style to a decidedly unedgy style of pants? I have no clue. I'll figure it out, though.
Below you'll see a comparison of side by side pictures of skinny and boot cut for each outfit. Do you want to see that for the whole 30 days?
Black and blue camo, y'all. Maybe it's my Southern heritage, maybe it's my love of the outdoors, maybe it's tough and whispers of danger, but I LOVE camo. Trouble is it always comes in the olive green color that makes me look like I have the flu. But this uber soft tee comes in my two favorite colors! I couldn't get it in my cart fast enough! I wish they would make it in (bootcut) pants too. I'd be all over that. I chose this necklace bc the shape mirrors the camo pattern and because it's brushed silver instead of super shiny. These stabby earrings have a thin chain look dangling from them, and that is definitely a weapon. I call this my assassin look.
As for the pants, you can see in the pictures the skinnies are doing me no favors. I hate that the bootcut cover up my awesome moto boots, but what are people likely to notice more, my hips or my buckles? The skinny jeans are also edgier, which I love. The bootcut seem dressier and more reserved. I like the way the bootcut look on me, but I like the skinny jeans with the outfit.
Jacket similar here, here. Tee here. Jeans here. Boots here. Necklace rose gold version here, similar silver version here, smaller version here. Lipsense 2x Purple Reign, 1x She's Apples, Glossy gloss.
Today I'm on the fifth grade field trip with our triplets. When I walked in the employee at the fun museum started giving me the speech about sticking with my group, don't let them run wild, etc. I stopped her and said, "I have 6 kids, including triplets. I had 5 kids in 3 years and used to take them everywhere by myself. I can handle 5 5th-graders. I've got this." I always wear a bold colored shirt on field trips so my group can find me easily if we get separated. In the current trend of tan, beige and gray, I'm easy to spot.
Again the slight flare at the hem of my jeans is providing balance for my hips, but the distressing draws attention to that part of my body. I'm not sure the bootcut version helps because of that. I don't want to wear dark wash denim because with the jacket it would look like a bad suit. I want some contrast between my pants and jacket. In this case I'd go with the skinnies since the bootcut aren't helping. What do you think?
My boys have swim meets today and tomorrow, which means I'm wearing purple (team color), and I'm wearing layers so I can shed and not melt in the warm, humid indoor pool area. I'm in the bleachers today, but I'm still wearing flats that won't get ruined with a little water exposure. I love the woven texture and that they are cushy, comfy sneaker flats.
With this outfit the bootcut definitely flatter more, and make the outfit a little more dressed up, which was ok for me this day. The best details of the shoes still show as well. I'd probably choose the bootcut.
Is there a color combination that screams fall more than purple and orange? Day two of the swim meet and this time I volunteered as a timer. Purple again to support the team and layers again so I don't melt. I wore these Teva flats because they are water shoes, dry quickly, and have good traction on wet surfaces. After the meet I changed to silver flats and added the jacket to go to a soccer game, take the girls to dance team pictures, run errands, and dinner out with the family.
The bootcut definitely flatter me more in this picture, but honestly I wish I were wearing destroyed jeans. Even with the moto jacket, I feel too sweet in this. I need more edge.
I could use a break from color. Black white and blue are always home base for me.
Shirt similar here. Jeans here. Flats similar here. Necklace here. Earrings similar here.
So about the jeans. Yikes. I love, love love leather and leather accents and leather trim. LOVE leather pants. I have an absurdly large number of leather or leather accent jeans. The shiny thighs are doing me no favors. I love the edginess of the leather pants. I hate that they put an extra 10-15 pounds on me. The bootcut are much more slimming, but this outfit feels more dressed up. There is no edge, despite the stabby jewelry. Edgy isn't a style choice I've made, like I saw it and thought I should adopt it. Edgy is part of who I am. It's part of my warning label. Handle with care: sharp edges. Don't act all surprised if you get a cut. My jeans are often how I get a big dose of edgy and take the sweetness out of a preppy outfit. Because I love prep. But not too much prep. Next time I'll wear more dangerous jewelry, I guess.
This is the wind up before our trip, and I'm in overdrive trying to prepare. When my life is a whirlwind, I need less color. I love the metallic blue stripe. This is close enough to black to give me the soothing I need.
The pants: I included the picture of the ankle pants I would normally wear with this outfit. Not as tight as skinnies, but doing me no favors. The side by side comparison helps me see this. I pinned the bootcut pants up at least another inch, and they look better. Less bunchy and sloppy, and I feel a lot better in them now. The don't feel so swishy down there anymore. I'm still not 100% committed to cutting them. They'll look a lot bettwe when they are properly hemmed.
Lipsense 2x purple reign, 1x blu-red, glossy gloss.
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