“Did you have to lie down to get those jeans on?” I once heard my friend’s dad ask of her tight, stretchy jeans.
I think it became fashionable when I was in middle school (the 2000’s) to wear jeans made with a small percentage of spandex. My high school years brought the tapered look back to meet spandex denim. And, skinny jeans were created.
Blue, red, purple, aqua, pink, black, yellow, orange…the colors of the spandex jeans tattooed about the legs of unkempt middle-schoolers and twenty-somethings. But, now not only girls are donning skin-tight jeans, but also guys are sporting the growing and fashion conscious trend.
And, girls are wondering why.
Corban senior Tristan Leiter said, “Well, first of all, if I don’t think skinny jeans are comfortable. Why would any guy think they are comfortable?”
Senior Austin Moore, a wearer of skinny jeans, said, “The biggest reason I wear skinny jeans is because I like the way they look. The second reason is because they are comfortable.”
So, appearance is the first priority with comfort as a close second.
But, not all guys can pull off the look of skinny jeans.
Senior Jordan Lindsey said, “One of my friends is a stick and he looks good in them.”
But, Lindsey knows for a fact that not all guys should wear skinny jeans, “They should know the body that God gave them,” he said.
Once skinny jeans were made for men, Moore chose to wear them because, “I got kinda tired of boot cut jeans because they are associated with preppy(ness). I felt like they (skinny jeans) fit my style more and I like the way they looked on other people.”
Before skinny jeans became common, guys first found them in the girl’s section.
But, as Leiter said, “I don’t want to have to shop in the same section as my boyfriend.”
Junior Annie McKay voices her opinion of guys in skinny jeans, “Rather leave it than love it.”
But, is there something to skinny jeans? What is it that causes girls and guy alike to shimmy into a pair of body-hugging pants?
“I feel like they show off a sense of confidence, but also a sense of rebellion,” said Lindsey.
So, is it a certain level of confidence that allows a guy to rock the close-fitting fashion phenomena?
Lindsey thinks so.
“Yes, I’d wear them, but, here’s the deal, call it insecurity, but I can’t find the confidence to walk into a girl’s department and find 30×36,” he said.
But, skinny jeans may make more of an unwanted statement rather than an attractive display of self-confidence.
Lindsey points out how often guys in skinny jeans are perceived as “weird” or “cross-dressers.”
“I hope that one day my kids can go to a school and no matter what they’re social class, what they’re race is, what their religion is, what their taste in films is, where they decide to travel, who they decide to travel with…I hope one day my kids will be able to leave my house without being harassed, ridiculed, or labeled as a punk just because they decide to wear skinny jeans,” said Lindsey.
So, are skinny jeans on guys a good idea or bad idea?
“Only a certain style of guys can pull it off, it usually should include a v-neck t-shirt,” said McKay.