The following is in response to yesterday’s letter. See previous post.
Firstly, thanks for opining there. Your points are (somewhat) well taken. And as the wise man recently pointed out, Jay-Z “don’t wear skinny jeans cause my knots don’t fit.” But I don’t share Jay-Z’s problem, whether it’s a case of elephantiasis or a need to carry large wads of hundos. And to be clear, when we’re talking about skinny jeans, “slim” is probably the better term. Painting jeans on to the point of damaging your health or limiting a reasonable amount of mobility is borderline ridiculous.
The point is, most guys don’t buy 4 pairs of jeans a year at $200+ a pop. Or even half that. But there is nothing wrong with updating the jean department in your closet to a slimmer cut when you do make your next purchase. Jeans, I suspect, make up half of your outfit nearly 75% of the time you go out casually.
Say what you want about the trend, but I’ll embrace it while it’s here. It’s a refreshingly clean and often flattering look after what we’ve gone through in the past – “Relaxed” fit, bell-bottoms, high waists with pleats(!). Of course they aren’t for everyone, depending on your build, age, and personal style. But don’t knock its masculinity:
Oh, and even the WSJ has picked up on this one – front page of Monday’s paper, as a matter of fact. Perhaps the WSJ once again presages the imminent peak and fall of a trend? The Journal correspondent even hiked out to Williamsburg to interview those strolling about the hipster capital of skinny-jean-extremism: