How to Wear Skinny Jeans & When to Walk Away, Not to Mention PLUS The Top 10 Skinny Jean Picks on the Shopping List
Shhh, don't tell the retailers I told you this, especially since I've been working for one for the past decade, but skinny jeans aren't for everyone. They're just not. The skinny jean swept onto the scene as a trend a few seasons ago and yes, they've held on for awhile in several different iterations, most recently the color craze and now we're moving into textures and metallics, but they are a trend none the less, and what do trends do again? Right, say it with me, they come and they go.
But just because the world is screaming 'skinny jean,' doesn't mean you have to have a pair if A., they don't flatter your body and B., you feel ridiculous in them. Case in point: 1988 and Body Glove spandex. Those of you who just read and simultaneously cringed should fully grasp the concept of a trend gone terribly wrong. That reaction is your gut telling you to run, not walk, in the opposite direction. Trust that.
Fashion warning aside, for those of you who feel at-home in these skinny silhouettes and are in need of a little Fall wardrobe update (cue the Fall Essential Shopping Checklist), or are on the fence about adopting the skinny jean, this one is for you. Please note the distinction between thinking you're at-home in a trend and sheer style delusion. Always get a second opinion on trends. Always, and not necessarily from someone who is being paid to give it.
What you think works may or may not, and your true friends will tell you this. If they don't have the cojones to do so, by all means, shoot us a quick picture and we'll give you a thumbs up, thumbs down, and possible alternative.
It's an unbiased opinion from fashion insiders who have spent decades in the industry and know what works (aka myself and my editors). All trends are not universal, it's nothing personal and a trend, or not fitting into one, should never take away your sense of self. It's not you that doesn't fit the trend, it's the trend that doesn't fit your fabulous self. Re-read that last sentence if you have trouble taking compliments. You know who you are :)
Fashion should empower, not drain our energy, but sometimes we need a little direction. We've all been there and you'd be amazed at what you get just from asking a simple question. I continually am...
Now, on to the top 10 skinny jean picks out there to shop right now. Again, I always say, shop your own closet first. I do that for all of my clients as a starting point. But when you come up empty or in need of a refresher, it's time to get out there and shop around. A great way to browse and get your mind around it all is to hit the web. There's way too much out there, so the first baby step is taken for you with the edited down list of 10 picks. See below:
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The 'what' in the age-old question, "what am I going to wear," is covered. But that's only half of it. You need to know how to wear it. It's essential. Everyday I look at my Inspiration Wall on Tumblr while I sip tea and get some laptop time in to wake myself up. I get instant inspiration on how to wear they clothing lining my closet walls, and life gets a little easier.
Here's a mini-version of my Inspiration Wall tailored to how to wear skinny jeans using shots of celebs, models, and mere mortals like you and I that get hit up on the Street Style blogs out there:
look1 (www.blacklabelboutique.com), look2 (www.fashioninmysoul.tumblr.com), look3 (www.lamodellamafia.com), look4 (www.carolinesmode.com/stockholmstreetstyle/), look5 (www.thestyleshaker.tumblr.com), look6 (www.peoplestylewatch.com), look7 (www.carolinesmode.com/stockholmstreetstyle/), look8 (www.fashion-oulala.blogspot.com)
Sure, sure. You had the top picks spoon fed to you, but ten isn't enough. None of those worked, or you just have a penchant for over-browsing (join the club).
Now worries, there are plenty more picks to shop where that came from. All of the pant picks, skinny jeans to wide leg trousers, are updated weekly and house in the StyleShaker Closet. We dig, constantly, to find the best of the best. You shop. It's as easy as that. Get a sneak peek below:
Q&A time: Like I said, if you need a second opinion, ask away. This is free and you are guaranteed solid advice from pedigreed fashion professionals Why do we not charge? Because my goal is to be accessible, to make all fashion, luxury and not, accessible to everyone.
Don't know how to wear it? Can't figure out what works for that upcoming date? Just feel completely lost? Just ask for help. It doesn't hurt. Promise. If you never try you'll never know. I think Coldplay said that one.
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See more on what to wear, how to wear it, where to shop for it, I mean, c'mon, you know the drill at this point. Keep the momentum going and enjoy...