fluff -- fashionable jeans vs. well-fitting jeans

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fluff -- fashionable jeans vs. well-fitting jeans

Fun one, I hope.

I walk around Manhattan every day and see every type of fashion statement you can imagine.

As I woefully determine that I am wearing out-of-date jeans, I see that what seems to be the big style now is that we've gone back to tapered....not like 80s tapered with shirts tucked in to high-waisted faded jeans, but not full-on "skinny" necessarily...they all seem to taper down at the ankle and seem stretchy-tight on top. And people aren't tucking them in to boots, they're wearing them with regular shoes (sneakers, flats, grown-up lady shoes).

But of course, I see many people in them and they just don't fit them well...too tight up top, not suited for their body type, the tapered/skinny look is a challenge for people above a certain weight, size, or age.

SO....

Is it better to be wearing jeans that fit you well, or jeans that are the style that has clearly become the new norm?

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Fit you well! There is no point in being stylish if you look horrible!

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I'd say fit you well is more important. And I think for a lot of people, probably not all, if you want something trendy you can find a version that will actually fit you...yet some people don't bother.

And alternatively i think its hard to decide between "out of my comfort zone" and "doesn't fit well". I bought a pair of skinny red cropped pants from the GAP...great sale but they are out of my comfort zone because they are very skinny. Both of my SIL's say theya re cute and look good on me but I'm a little gun shy about wearing them.

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chicken

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Fit well is more important. There was an article I read and they showed the same girl trying on different jeans. Some made her look much larger than she was. Very interesting on the importance of the right fit.

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But like...how about if I'm still wearing boot cut jeans (because I haven't shopped in a while and that's what was around back when I did)? Should I be switching over?

(I have other kinds, just giving an example....I have fashion paranoia.)

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I'm a fan of boot cut so totally not the person to ask.

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I like my barely boot cut jeans from Express. I've had skinny jeans, but I just feel like I look like an ice cream cone.

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I'm short 5'2" so the boot legged looks good on me.

I don't do well in skinny pants. Short height but as my grandma says I'm "solid". Thick thighs and big bum. Skinny pants=BIG no no.

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I think jeans are usually enough of a classic that, if they are in decent condition and fit you well, the cut & shape don't really "date" you the way a plaid ruffly blouse or an elastic headband or a slashed sweatshirt would.

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"Spacers" wrote:

I think jeans are usually enough of a classic that, if they are in decent condition and fit you well, the cut & shape don't really "date" you the way a plaid ruffly blouse or an elastic headband or a slashed sweatshirt would.

We need more of a debate so here goes...

Well what about acid wash then???? Did you forget about them? They will date you. Clearly you have never ever read anything to do with style because they have been out FOR YEARS! Pegged legs? So over. Let me find you the links to style articles that you can review and then come back to debate when you have caught up.

Smile

Just kidding of course. I just felt like spicing this up.

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I think that fit is far and away most important, but with help and an open mind one can find a jean in *almost* any style that will work for their body type. I am short too with an athletic build and was DEAD set against skinny jeans, but my sister got me into the right ones for me. Now I love them. Also love slim cut cropped. And WHITE JEANS are my favorite thing at the moment. I would have told you that you would not catch me dead in a pair of white jeans, but hey, life is long.

That said, most styles can still be pulled off. I have a few pairs of slightly boot cut jeans that I love, even a pair of highwaisted wide leg ones that I adore. Its all about what you pair them with, IMO.

Acid washed *could* be done. For a halloween party Smile

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"Spacers" wrote:

I think jeans are usually enough of a classic that, if they are in decent condition and fit you well, the cut & shape don't really "date" you the way a plaid ruffly blouse or an elastic headband or a slashed sweatshirt would.

I think you'd feel differently if you went to work in NYC every day!

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Possibly. I'm not sure I'd want to trade in my city's array of old, wrinkled, naked guys sitting in the plaza, Vietnam vets in combat boots and pink tutus doing census counts, and loving families of all kinds of combinations, for the angst of "Am I Wearing the Right Jeans?" Blum 3

ETA: And I'm sorry if this offends anyone, but IMHO anything with "acid wash" in its name is not clothing but a horrific science experiment, likely gone wrong.

The real debate here should be elastic headbands. Unless you're a baby whose mother feels the compulsive need to identify you as a girl with pink and/or frills that can't otherwise be viewed on your clothing, then really, what is that thing doing on your head? :biglaugh:

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Admittedly I am not all that into fashion. I hate wearing jeans of any kind because I do not find them comfortable. I most often wear khaki or dress pants (Or shorts or a skirt). I would say making sure it looked good on you would be more important than style. Because I have some weight I need to loose, skinny jeans would never look good on me regardless of how in style they were.

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"Spacers" wrote:

Possibly. I'm not sure I'd want to trade in my city's array of old, wrinkled, naked guys sitting in the plaza, Vietnam vets in combat boots and pink tutus doing census counts, and loving families of all kinds of combinations, for the angst of "Am I Wearing the Right Jeans?" Blum 3

ETA: And I'm sorry if this offends anyone, but IMHO anything with "acid wash" in its name is not clothing but a horrific science experiment, likely gone wrong.

The real debate here should be elastic headbands. Unless you're a baby whose mother feels the compulsive need to identify you as a girl with pink and/or frills that can't otherwise be viewed on your clothing, then really, what is that thing doing on your head? :biglaugh:

I have no idea why parents put those garter belts on their poor daughters heads. Least favorite fashion item evah.

I get why people wear them while working out (I used to wear them while running races to keep my hair out of my face, lululemon and hippie runner make great ones). But do you see grown women or girls wearing them for "fasion"?

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Sorry, have to disagree about the headbands. I think they are cute!

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

Admittedly I am not all that into fashion. I hate wearing jeans of any kind because I do not find them comfortable. I most often wear khaki or dress pants (Or shorts or a skirt). I would say making sure it looked good on you would be more important than style. Because I have some weight I need to loose, skinny jeans would never look good on me regardless of how in style they were.

I live in jeans. But I felt the same way about skinny jeans until Robin, on this very board, got me to try them with boots. I love them with boots! They look great no matter what your weight if you wear them right.

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"freddieflounder101" wrote:

I live in jeans. But I felt the same way about skinny jeans until Robin, on this very board, got me to try them with boots. I love them with boots! They look great no matter what your weight if you wear them right.

I mostly agree with you. I have, however, seen skinny jeans paired with a tight shirt on people who ought not be wearing that combination together. Not pretty. If there's hiding that needs to be hid, its boots, skinnys and a nice loose top. Robin talked me into boots too, that is way too funny Laurie. I can't even believe that I had such a boot aversion now that I wear them its love. Pure love.

I'm wearing my white skinnies tonight ~ big heels and a blousy sheer tank.

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"Potter75" wrote:

I have no idea why parents put those garter belts on their poor daughters heads. Least favorite fashion item evah.

I get why people wear them while working out (I used to wear them while running races to keep my hair out of my face, lululemon and hippie runner make great ones). But do you see grown women or girls wearing them for "fasion"?

Yes!!! One of Tiven's friends at school has the same one Gloria posted! I have no problem with simple elastic headbands in general when you have longer hair that you want to pull back without putting it into a ponytail, but the frills and the flowers on some of them are just too much. And the back of it should not be over your hair if you're over the age of two. That should be a law. It doesn't even look good on Anne Hathaway! It's not holding her hair back, even. No, no, no....

Anne Hathaway's cute printed headband adds a feminine twist to her boyish outfit for stroll with her husband | Mail Online

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ha ha see my signature pic!

However, I rarely put headbands of any kind on my girls anymore, as they hate wearing them and I think small clips are much cuter. For almost 2 years, though, my little one's hair wasn't really long enough for a clip so all I had was headbands! I do hate the huge bows, flowers, and crazy stuff they do with clips/headbands for little girls these days. It is so big here in Texas.

And I LOVE jeans (wish I could live in them!) but definitely consider comfort over fashion. Of course I try not to stand out as unfashionable ( Wink ) but I would never wear a "fashionable" jean that wasn't comfortable or didn't look good on me.

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Skinny jeans DO NOT fit my body type whatsoever. I have short fat legs. I was told to try boyfriend jeans so I will, but I am not holding my breath.

It doesn't matter the brand skinny jean, so don't even try helping me, lol. They just do not look good on me.

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"mommytoMR.FACE" wrote:

Skinny jeans DO NOT fit my body type whatsoever. I have short fat legs. I was told to try boyfriend jeans so I will, but I am not holding my breath.

It doesn't matter the brand skinny jean, so don't even try helping me, lol. They just do not look good on me.

I will meet you halfway and we will fit ya, sister. For sure, its a good look, you just have to know how to own it! You are beautiful, you can

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"Potter75" wrote:

I will meet you halfway and we will fit ya, sister. For sure, its a good look, you just have to know how to own it! You are beautiful, you can

Lol thanks... If you are able to find the magic jeans I will bow down to you in the middle of the store Dirol

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If people are willing to spend the time (and often the money) they can find current styles that fit any body type, if they wear the right shirt and shoes. But I am also okay with people that stick with nice fitting jeans that compliment their body.

On the headband thing, the girl that cuts my hear ALWAYS has one of the those giant bows on her head. Not to long ago my oldest came in with a huge bow tie from an old clown costume (not even sure where we got it) and put it up on her head, she says "Look I am Tay as a teenager" Pretty funny