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- Purple Cowl-Neck Sweater: Marisa Christina, gift from MIL
- Navy Cords: J. Crew, skinnied and hemmed by me
- Metallic Brown Loafers: Naturalizer, via DSW
- Orange Floral Cuff: Shabby Apple, gift from Husband D.
This week’s Rule Breaking Monday post is inspired by an odd confluence of ideas. While we were on vacation, SIL E. noted that the rise of the skinny jean made her feel disconnected from the fashion world (a term worth unpacking, but not at this moment), in part because it was a look she didn’t feel comfortable in and didn’t feel she could make work. That afternoon, in one of its decade-in-review posts, Glamour magazine named skinny jeans the best fashion trend of the decade, and decried the death of the bootcut jean (one of my own standbys) as something that “may have been cute in the 1990s.” Putting aside Glamour’s hyperbole for a moment, there’s still something very interesting going on here, where these two thoughts and feelings come together. The skinny has assuredly become ubiquitous, worn by celebrities and regular gals of virtually all body types, but it’s still something that makes many women — even the stylistically adventurous — feel apprehensive. Having battled my own anxieties over skinny pants, and slowly tiptoed my way towards a greater embrace of the skinny, I’m dedicating this Rule Breaking Monday to that boldest and most rule-breaking of skinny pants looks: the ankle-length skinny pant with flats and a fitted, hip length sweater.
And you know what? The world didn’t end. Are more of my thighs exposed than when I wear an a-line skirt? Sure. Of course they are. Are Stacy and Clinton having a heart attack at the thought of my proclaiming this outfit both wearable and fun? If they cared, sure. But maybe not: I’ve dressed up the look with interesting accessories, used the neckline and detailed ribbing on the sweater to highlight my waist and collarbone, and I felt strangely confident and comfortable in my own skin. With all its exposure and attendant fears, I’m still learning to love the skinny, which can be bold and empowering in its own strange ways.
What about you? How do you feel about skinny jeans? If you wear them, what’s your preferred silhouette: moderate stretch, straight-legged, jegging (however defined)? Did you have anxieties about wearing them, and if so, where’d you start out easing yourself in to wearing these kinds of silhouettes?
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