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All About Denim: Skinny Jeans

Worn properly, skinny jeans offer a great style for the more fashion forward male.

Marcus Cagleby Marcus Cagle

Dig through your girlfriend’s closet and you’ll likely find a few or more pairs of skinny jeans. Even a stroll through a bustling neighborhood should garner a handful of people wearing the trend. The style has been at the forefront of fashion for the better part of the past decade and it even made its way into men’s fashion.

No girlfriend? You’ve been living under a rock? Skinny jeans are characterized by their signature tight fight and tapered ankle. They gained popularity during the punk rock era of the 70s and 80s. Contrary to their misleading name, skinny jeans can be worn by all kinds of body shapes and sizes.

On women, the style shows off every curve, for better or worse, but men’s skinny jeans are a bit more forgiving. The style is tailored around the waist and pelvis but still allows for a bit of space. The leg is fitted but doesn’t make you feel like you’re hermetically sealed inside your pants. The characteristically tighter ankle, on the other hand, doesn’t offer much room for give.

The Fit: Skinny Jeans

While the ideal of skinny jeans is to create a tailored and tight-fitted look, it’s important to remember to get jeans that fit. Wearing jeans that are too tight can lead to a host of problems like difficulty moving or even numbness in the legs, and no one wants that.

Pairing Shoes With Skinny Jeans

When wearing skinny jeans for men, you’ll want to be mindful of your choice of shoes. Chunkier styles can lead to a clown-shoe effect that’s best left to the professionals unless you’re looking to solicit some laughs of your own.

Worn properly, skinny jeans offer a great style for the more fashion forward male. Of course, if you’re not ready to take the leap, there are a number of other styles that may be more your speed. Check out our denim guides on boot cut jeans, loose fit jeans, and straight leg jeans.

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