I was in Yorkdale mall about 6 1/2 years ago with my best friend Lisa (www.screaminglisa.com). She had come east to Ontario for my wedding shower – she was my maid of honour – and we were doing a bit of shopping. Neither of us – and I hope she’ll forgive me saying so – are fashion mavens nor do either of us fit into size 4 jeans or size 8 for that matter.
We spend some of our time mocking those who are fashion forward types and worried about being cool for the sake of being cool. So when she saw someone who was wearing these absolutely brand new trend of “skinny jeans”, she pointed them out and said “I think they make even super skinny people look fat”. I agreed with her because frankly, I was busy walking around in my mid 2000s jeans with a low rise waist with boot cut. I mean, she was right, they didn’t look particularly flattering. We wanted to hide the body – not show it off.
But here I am nowadays with probably about 6 pairs of skinny jeans/pants AND a pair of GLO-E-US riding boots. I don’t know, perhaps there people in malls saying my skinny pants make me look fat. Hmmm.
Regardless, I am not 20 any more, I don’t really care about what some yahoos might think, but I do like the trend of skinny pants. Why? Because skinny pants show your shape – from your wide hips to your thin calves – and I like that. There are a pant that just tell it like it is. They call a spade a spade. So by pushing them on us, the fashion world is saying “Bring us your hips people! We want to see some curves. Or no curves. We don’t care! Just show us what you’ve got!”
That’s good. Because “not fashion” bodies is what most of us have.
November 20th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary: Yep, I’ve got hips, and a waist and that is just fine with me.