Would you wear it? Skinny Jeans

09/06/2006 at 05:46 PM ET

Skinny jeans — just the words alone seem to strike terror into the hearts of many women, but as it says in PEOPLE’s Fall Stylewatch issue, anyone can wear them — honest! Contrary to popular opinion, this look is not just for the waifish and slim of hip/thigh/butt. Within the skinny jeans world, there are a variety of cuts, lengths, and widths of the slim styles that can flatter any body type. And remember, it is all about proportion so consider wearing a longer, looser top with tighter jeans to balance yourself out.

1. If you are more petite, try a cropped style (like the J. Brand jeans, right) that really shows off a hot pair of heels.
2. If you are curvier, try a pair that scrunches around your ankle, which creates the same slimming illusion as a pair of bootcut jeans (see Kate Beckinsale, left).
3. If you want to make your legs look endlessly long, try a long pair of jeans pulled down over super- high heels.
4. If you don’t want to invest in designer options like the celebs, everyone from Target to the Gap is offering the look for less.

Tell us what you think: Do you like skinny jeans? Is this a trend you will try this fall?

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Photo: Humberto Carreno/startraks

FILED UNDER: Denim , Trends
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Laura loves it on

I am absolutely 100% in love with the skinny jeans! They are ADORABLE. I mean, I understand how some people don’t want to wear them because they are unflattering on their figure….I never wire those gaucho pants because my legs were too skinny and looked funny at the bottom….however now I CAN wear the skinny jeans and look good. Different trends fit different people! I think they look fabulous! Esp. on Nicole Richie and Misc Misc.

Amy on

I’m all about jumping on the bandwagon of a new trend. But skinny jeans WILL NOT make their way into my closet or onto my curvy shape. You see, I’m in my 30’s now and if nothing else, I have learned what DOES and DOESN’T work on my body. I think Stacy London would be proud of me!

Mandy on

I think skinny jeans are what they are…skinny jeans…for skinny people. Everyone has different body types and I think that whatever accentuates what you may lack (i.e.hips, bottom)…then go for it. These jeans do exactly that. Every trend is not for everyone, it’s what makes you look good & feel comfortable in at the same time. They are very 80’s and once the fad is over, it will be like “what was I thinking?”.

Jennifer on


Dee on

I like skinny jeans when worn with the proper top and shoes, strappy sandals, or tucked into knee boots. I don’t see what so wrong with them “making the legs look a little thick”. Come on women!! Embrace the curves. Skinny thighs are not attractive. I’m sorry. Want to offend me? Call me skinny. I’m 5’1 and 125 lbs. Thick is not bad. I wish we’d get over the “grown women looking like 12 year old boys” trend. Now that’s ugly!

stacie on

i love them…i just bought a pair over the weekend. they are a little snug around the kneecaps but they are so skinny i guess thats to be expected, something to get used to. i will buy another pair

mirelle on

I am very petite, my legs are skinny…so skinny jeans look great on me b/c my legs look bigger and I really like that…I love to wear them with flats or even wedges…and I bougth my first pair about 2 years ago in spain…so is not a new trend. Is true, is not for everyone, if you are big from the waist down, PLEASE DONT BY THEM !

Not So Tall on

I am only 5’3 and skinny jeans def. don’t look right on me. Wish I were a little bit taller….

1977 on

Listen. Everything comes back. Skinny jeans is a fad that will pass with time. For the skinny that can wear them; love it. For the hippy – skippy. For those without hips, skippy. I did hate them in 1972 and I still hate them but hey — pass the batton…

Unkniwn on

Didn’t any of you watch Oprah yesterday. Unless you have basically no thighs and a little butt, you should never wear skinny jeans. I doubt all of you fit this description which can only mean that a lot of people are walking around looking gross. 9/10 people should not be in these jeans.

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