THE JEANIUS Fashion’s love affair with the skinny jean? Officially back on
On why fashion isn’t done with this hero cut yet
We’re flighty, us fashion people. One minute we’re virtually selling our pets to pay for that must-have pair of flared high-rise jeans, and the next, discarding them in favour of the latest girlfriends. But one style has endured where others have fallen: the skinny. Choose well and these babies can be as comfortable as leggings.
A tip for the shorties: if worn a bit too long in the leg with a heel, you’ll master the never-ending-legs trick (see right). If you’re taller, try a cropped skinny – those that fall an inch above the ankle knuckle (that’s a thing, right?) are the most flattering.
I recently reverted back to skinnies because an annoyingly attractive man I was dating announced that I should wear tighter clothes to “show your body off”. In mock protest, I dug out my Frame Le Color skinnies. The compliments started to roll in.
So here are my favourite pairs – and the reasons: 1. As mentioned above, Frame’s Le Color Film Noir (£185) – my everydayers. Not too high on the waist, therefore avoiding porridge-pants silhouette. 2. AG’s The Stilt Cigarette (£180). Introduced to me by my sister-in-law – they are velvety soft. 3. Topshop’s Baxters (£40). As reliable as your best friend, and updated in new washes every season. 4. River Island’s Molly (£40). Affordable, flattering and the perfect length. The Touche Eclat of jeans. 5. Re/done Originals Stretch High Rise Ankle Crop in black (£175). These bad boys suck your inner thighs and tummy in, making you look two sizes smaller (so you can eat twice as much cheese. Win).