Boot cut girl in a skinny jeans world
October 3, 2012 6:10 PM Subscribe
The era of skinny women's jeans has been here for a while, but I've still got a closet full of my perfectly good boot-cut and flared jeans. Can I wear these judiciously (even among young people) without looking embarrassingly out-of-touch? If not, should I try to alter them, or is there a chance they'll come back into style in a year or two anyway?
posted by Bardolph to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (51 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I'm officially at the point where I have neither budget or time to shop for new jeans, and I need the help of some more fashion-enlightened Mefites to help me figure out how best to utilize the (late-nineties through-early-aughts) ones I've got. I hate the feel of tight pants, so I'd really like to just rock my well-worn boot-cut look, skinnies be damned. Alternatively, though, if absolutely necessary, I think I sew well enough to take in some of the jean legs to a straighter style, but that'd obviously (a) be a huge PITA and (b) mean I'm well and truly committed to the long-term skinny look, since alterations don't work the other way. Three questions, then:
(1) If you're someone who understands current U.S. fashion (at a regular suburban mall level-- not, like, Project Runway), exactly how unfashionable does an early-thirties woman look wearing looser or mildly flared jeans? Merely unremarkable, or painfully ridiculous? Should I be embarrassed to wear these things out and about, or at casual work functions with a younger population present?
(2) Anybody have a magical prophetic sense of how long the current skinny trend is likely to last? If I do alter my beloved, comfy boot cuts, will I be kicking myself when they go back to being way hot in like 2014?
(3) Is there such a thing as a classic or universally acceptable style for women's jeans? I'm starting to reach the age where people recommend ditching fads in favor of a core wardrobe of high-quality, "timeless" pieces, so if I ever do buy new jeans, I'd like to aim for that. But I have no idea what timeless would look like in denim.