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?

To see more denim trends click here

Photo: Humberto Carreno/startraks

FILED UNDER: Denim , Trends
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tracie on

i would wear them if i was super skinny

Alice on

Skinny jeans are definitely for very skinny people with no hips. I think they are horrible, they would not look good on me since I have hips and a booty.

Elizabeth on

EVERYONE has said that the 80’s were the worst era for fashion. Why are people dressing like this? I love 80’s music but keep the clothes in the closet…PLEASE. After this fades are we going to go to grunge again?? yuck

S on

They look MUCH BETTER than the leggings option under dresses and skirts.

pattigurl on

I am a curvy women and will rock my bootleg cuts forever.

kara on

NO! and god help us if they bring back the tight roll at the bottom!

butterfly jones on

It’s funny because in the UK skinny jeans have been done to death and we are now moving on. I think they look great, and even curvy women like myself can rock them. Heels help, and a dose of slf-confidence.

kierra on


Can anyone tell me where I can buy a pair an inexpensive pair of grey skinny jeans.

Firehead on

Skinney jeans? Absolutely NOT! Women should wear what makes them look best. The average American female is a size 12 and since most women are pear shaped, skinney jeans make the bum look huge. Flares look good on most women. You get that nice hourglass shape. If fashion wants skinney jeans – fine let those who can pull them off wear them. BUT for the rest of us…..keep the bootcut so we can look good too. The elaphant bells are too extreme. BTW the 50’s clothing was June Cleaver and I Love Lucy. The real sexy/classy clothing were made in the 40s!

Heather G on

NO Skinny Jeans!!! I’m 32 and I admit I rocked them from about 1987-1994. I had the LA GEAR, GUESS with the zippers, ties,and BOWS @the ankle. They do look great with sexy heels on the right body type, but I wish they would just go away:)

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