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

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Michelle on

This is so stupid! I think that skinny jeans obviously don’t look as amazing on rather large people but basically anyone can wear them. I know tall skinny people who can wear them and I (being a curvy 5’3″ girl) look good in them as well. It’s a personal choice and anyone who is saying these aren’t for “real women” are ridiculous.

kirstm on

my daughter looks fab in skinny jeans she has long slim legs and nice shape these look good on tall slim girls but equally if you have long legs and are tall and a curvy 14 they look good as long as they are looser at the ankle area and not too clingy i would suggest if you take a 14 in normal jeans then a 16 ina a skinny jean if you look at simply be catalogue there is a girl modelling them who looks a size 14 and because she is tall with long legs they suit her but short fat legs a no no

Ashley on

Skinny jeans look good on skinny girls- they help girls with no shape seem curvier.

caitlin on

ok i really dont think skinny jeans look good on tall people. seriously, it just makes them look skinner && taller. i think it looks good on the average women && shorter ppl cuz it makes them look taller && thinner. my best friend & i wear them all the time && we are both short, but this SUPER tall girl tried to wear them && they looked really bad. just pick out a straight legged pair.. not one that is super super tight or zips on the bottom [SICK!] then pick out a cute pair of flats and an oversized shirt.. oh yea big purses && small sweaters help out the style too. but if you are overweight.. then skinny jeans are not for you. they show TOO much curve && fat. you need to be somewhat curvy [my friend has HUGE hips && me an ass] or skinny && short. but not skinny& tall.. you would just look anorexic.

meghan on

Hey!skinny jeans are awsome.i wear them and they are the best ever.everyone at my school wears them.

isabella on

if you don’t like skinny jeans, you have no taste.
im sorry, but to people who say stuff like they dont flatter anyone, is just off in la la land somewhere.
because if you get the right style, they flatter everyone.

karl on

i think the people that dont like skinny jeans are the ones that cant wear them lol.i think they look good on girls.. im not so keen on boys that have jeans that are tight all the way to the ankles, but i have to admit I have a several pairs of skinny fit jeans myself.

Yeisha on

try skinny co’z they look sexy and feminine. you just have to mix it up with your top and shoes, but i would prefer some flats. plus! they are comfortable..

Sonya on

When I first heard about skinny jeans coming on the scene, all I could think about were the high waisted acid washed tapered jeans from the 80’s that some women still wear that are now known as “mom jeans”, and I thought “Oh my God no, that’s horrendous!!” However, after seeing the modernized version of the skinny jean, I actually liked them but couldn’t find a pair at any store being that I don’t live in the most fashion conscious town. But surprisingly I lucked up and found a pair of Levi’s low rise skinny jeans for only $7 at a discount clothing store which was about 2 or 3 years ago?? That was the only pair I could find anywhere at the time, but now they are everywhere, and I still like them. I just hope the baggy high waist pants pulled even higher on the waist as I have seen recently in Glamour doesn’t catch on. Think Urkel meets Annie Hall fashion. That looks bad on any body type.

Ceeya on


I read most the posts here and think those who trash ’em can’t rock ’em and are jealous for that reason…

I loved the ’80’s and will wear mine even after everyone’s “done” with them! They are comfortable…they’re like leggings if you ask me. I don’t think they’ll disappear anytime soon. Like the cliched boot-cut which hung around a good number of years, so will these.

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