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Elastic + Demin = JeansLove

I've been noticing that young men are wearing skinny jeans again, snug fitting all the way to the ankle. Thank the gods. I so do not like the baggy clown pants look that the gangstas made popular.

The gangsta types are actually still wearing those, maybe because you can fit a huge gun inside all that fabric without attracting notice. But fortunately the rest of the men have come to their fashion senses.

Jeans are getting skinnier on gals too. We're losing that flare flap at the ankles, which I shall not miss. I detested "bell bottoms," as I called them, when they came back into fashion fifteen years ago; and although I came to tolerate them and even wear some of the more modestly flared jeans, I never did like the extra fabric flapping around my shins. Let's do skinny again! With the lovely things they're doing with elastic, it doesn't even cut off blood flow anymore.

[Edit: I only mean skinny; I don't mean so tight they amount to denim leggings. Anything that enters "baggy" territory needs to go. That's all I'm saying.]

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starfish82
Aug. 2nd, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
I always liked the bootcut style...it seemed a nice compromise between the goofy bellbottoms and the extreme tapered style, which does not compliment my body type (although it's been quite a few years since I wore tapered jeans).
kali_kali
Aug. 2nd, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
I agree... skinny jeans would not do my body any favours. Bootcut styles seem to work best for me as well.
mollyringle
Aug. 4th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
I'm fine with bootcut. They are a good compromise. It's anti-baggy I'm trying to convey here.
rachel2205
Aug. 2nd, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)
Hmm... Haven't skinny jeans been in for ages?

Then again, UK fashion is usually ahead ;)

I personally think skinny jeans suit only around 1% of the population.
rainbowstevie
Aug. 3rd, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
I personally think skinny jeans suit only around 1% of the population.
I second this comment, and have always found the name of the jeans to be either cruelly ironic, or a perfectly honest warning.
mollyringle
Aug. 4th, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
Skinny jeans could well be late to Seattle--wouldn't be the first time we neglected to pick up a fashion till late--or I just hadn't noticed till lately. (Again, wouldn't be the first time.)

I don't know, more than 1% of the boys I saw were looking pretty fine in their slim jeans. Different tastes, perhaps. They aren't for everyone, that's true, but I'd go at least as high as 15%. :) Which is higher than 0%, a.k.a. the percentage of people who look good in the baggy-ass gangsta jeans.
serai1
Aug. 3rd, 2008 01:45 am (UTC)
I so do not like the baggy clown pants look that the gangstas made popular.

Hear, hear. I lost what interest I had in basketball when the teams started wearing those hideous baggy shorts that made them all look like three-year-olds. Half the charm in the sport (most of it for me) was watching guys with great legs use them.

Also, baggy pants just look fucking slobby. Especially when guys think they're cool by letting them hang down so they're almost falling off. I want to yank their pants up and shout, "Pull up your damn pants! Where's your mother?"
mollyringle
Aug. 4th, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
Yes, exactly. Thank you for being the only one, evidently, who agreed with anything I said in this post. :)

One of my sisters has a great anecdote on this topic. At an intersection here in Seattle, she saw a gangsta-type dude shuffling across the street, and his pants actually fell down. While he tugged them back up, looking all sheepish, an old black lady in a car rolled down her window and yelled, "Get a belt, sucka!"

That's become our remark whenever we see such a dude nowadays.
kimuracarter
Aug. 3rd, 2008 01:28 pm (UTC)
Whoa, not me. Give me straight leg jeans. They're the most flattering for the most body types, yet they are the HARDEST to find! I'm petite and have some curves, so boot cut jeans make me look shorter.
mollyringle
Aug. 4th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
Straight and bootcut are fine with me--far better those than the stupid humongous baggy ones, which flatter no one. That was more my point, really.

I have short legs too, so just finding any jeans short enough is a challenge! I tend to snip off the cuffs these days and call it good, but for that to work, they can't flare too much or be too flappy, or I just look like an elephant.
shebit
Aug. 4th, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC)
Jeans that approach anything like 'tight' look very stupid on some of us, though. Flairs suit my figure, so I like my very flairy jeans.

Also, I don't know about over there, but over here at the moment the indieboy tight jean trant is for them to sit half way down the bum. Apart from probably making running impossible, this is extremely unflattering on even a good rump. As a fan of a good bottom, this upsets me.
mollyringle
Aug. 4th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
Well, I know, they're not for everyone, but nobody looks good in the stupid baggy gangsta ones, which is all I'm trying to say. Get us rid of those, world!

I didn't notice the boys' tight jeans being low-slung, particularly. I better do more checking out of butts today. :)
shebit
Aug. 4th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, I agree that the very baggy ones are very silly. But I am a fan of a nicely shaped flared jean.

The low slung jeans look ridiculous - I think they might actually be less flattering than the baggies.
dirae
Aug. 4th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
I like skinny jeans. They are very mod.
On ultra slim guys they equal sex.

They look sweet on many average sized to thin girlies too. I include myself in this list. Anything past a size 10 though, they tend to show every bulge and jiggle. :)

I'm glad the "gangsta" look fell out of fashion years ago around here -- even the majority of D.C.'s "gangstas" have opted for a preppy Lacoste/North Face look. Oi- Praise Jesus. They only ones wearing the baggy look are white trash fans of the Insane Clown Posse or those still clinging to the wide legged bondage pants style that was popular in the age of Marilyn Manson.

mollyringle
Aug. 4th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
I suppose Ten's tight, tight suits have nothing to do with our preference... :) (Probably other way around: we already liked that look, which just made it easy for him to knock us into a swoon upon the barest acquaintance.)

Huh, you'd think Seattle would at least embrace the North Face look. But I guess we reserve that for everyday white guy business wear. :) This town has serious fashion deficit. I love it here, but must admit that.
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