Skinny jeans! They arrived onto the fashion scene with a huge bang back around 2007. I will admit, I was super confused when they first arrived. I didn’t understand why anybody would wear a pair of jeans that hugged your entire leg like that. And where were your boots supposed to go? Over the jean? And were they only for skinny people? I was so misinformed. But they slowly grew on me and now I am addicted.
Skinny jeans are my go-to fashion item whenever it is I am feeling lost as to what to put on and leggings are too inappropriate for an occasion or not an option. Investing in a high quality pair of all-round, flexible and plain pair of skinny jeans is something that I feel like all of us need to do. Though with the way skinny jeans are so voguish right now I feel like we all already have.
But as we all know, just when you get comfortable with a look or certain fashion item, fashion hits you with a abrupt and disillusion attack and suddenly the look that may have been “in” just yesterday, no longer makes the cut. Fashion is forever evolving and revolving and some looks get left behind and may get picked up later. This may just be happening to the skinny jean.
Slowly but surely 2015 has seen the inevitable rise of the flare/bootleg jean yet again and it seems to be taking over the skinny jean’s space. The bootleg jean first appeared on the scene in the early 1900s. Back then it was worn mostly by cowboys and sailors and was not really considered a fashionable statement (naturally).
It wasn’t until the 70’s that bootleg jeans really became popular. I mean what else does one think of when they think of that-seventies-look, right? Everyone was rocking a pair of bootleg jeans in the seventies adding their own unique twist and flare (see what I did there? :)) to it.
The 80’s then came and switched all of that up and replaced the bootleg with a more fitted, skintight silhouette but the bootleg forced its way back into our wardrobes yet again (what a champion) in the late 1990’s.
Fast forward to the present. The skinny jean is practically a wardrobe basic. Any and everyone owns a pair. From our best friends to our mothers, we have all been hooked in. However, more and more stores are stocking bootleg jeans these days and more and more of our favorite fashionistas are showing us examples on how to rock them and make them our own.
I absolutely love the versatility and adaptability of the bootleg jean. It is office appropriate and depending on the colour, can be dressed down and made to look super comfortable and casual. Black and dark pairs of bootlegjeans are more appropriate for smart or smart casual looks. Lighter coloured jeans are more appropriate for casual looks and events. But not only are flared/bootleg jeans a gift from fashion-heaven (in my eyes) but the flared pants are too. There is something raw and untamed about the bootleg jean look offers that the skinny jean is sometimes unable to offer you depending on what look you’re going for.
Bootleg jeans are also (by far) way more comfortable, hale, loose-fitting and sheltered than skinny jeans and offer a time-honored, classic, illimitable sophistication that cannot be achieved by any other type of jean style. They have managed to to make yet another epic and legendary come-back and I sure hope they are here to stay. The modern bootleg jean is a bit more foolhardy and venturesome than the classic bootleg jean however and offers a wider variety of looks and fits than ever before. I mean simple things like raggedy rips on the knees open up the skinny jean to a broader faction of men and women that it did in say, the 70’s.
But the question still remains, has the era of the skinny jean actually come to an end? The short answer is yes and no. As much as fashion evolves and revolves, it doesn’t do so at the speed of lightning and at the click of a button. Skinny jeans are on their way out the door, but don’t throw them out just yet, matter of fact don’t throw them out ever! But you should however, be seriously considering investing in a comfortable pair of bootleg jeans and rocking the latest look. The bootleg jean has proven all throughout history that it is a fashion standard and that it will forever attempt (and evidently succeed) at making fashion revolve around it.
Check out some extremely well pulled off looks I found of some of our favourite fashionistas that I think we can all draw inspiration and spark from and let me know what you thoughts on the skinny jean era are and whether you feel that bootleg jeans will be listed on your shopping list in 2016.
What are your thoughts? Has the skinny jean era indeed come to an end or am I just being dramatic?
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