BOOTCUT JEANS ARE UNIVERSALLY FLATTERING!
FINALLY I SEE THE LIGHT!
“I can’t unsee it,” I said to my husband. “I know. Me neither,” he said. “I mean, you always look great, but I can’t deny that these jeans are way more flattering on you.” Not just on me, though!
Oh, this is hard. Skinny jeans. They are the thing, and have been for more than 10 years. I remember when they came on the scene my first thought was, “99% of women are not flattered by that. I will NEVER wear them.” And then, about 7 years ago, my jeans started getting more and more tapered until all I owned was skinny jeans. They are so great for wearing with riding boots, ankle boots, showing off my favorite flats, and most of what is available in stores.
I recently came back to the knowledge that my original assessment was correct. Skinny jeans don’t flatter my figure. I take top down selfies mostly because it’s quick and easy. I can step out the door onto the flattering, shaded natural light of my deck, not worry about the background or a tripod and remote control, or anything else. I’m busy. I have about 2 minutes to get these pictures before I run out the door to take the kids to school.
I haven’t found a place with good lighting in my house to take pictures, and I feel really uncomfortable in front of the camera. I have no idea what to do with my arms and hands and legs and I seem to tilt my head a lot. Or is the camera tilted? Top down selfies eliminate all of those issues.
As a result of the super flattering top down selfie that makes everyone look thinner, I lost sight of my proportions. I am a pear, and no matter how thin or heavy I am, I am always a pear. I am wider in my hips than anywhere else in my body, which means I want to avoid drawing attention to that area. You know what draws attention to that? Skinny jeans.
They are like a giant spotlight on that part of my body. The goal for most of us is proportion and balance, no matter what our shape is. If the widest part of you is your middle or your shoulders, to be more proportionate, you need to seek balance in the rest of the body. This article refers to bootcut jeans as the jeans that flatter every body. Have you ever noticed that Jennifer Anniston, who has maybe the rockinest bod on the planet, wears bootcut jeans? If anyone in the world can get away with skinnies, it’s her, and she chooses the more balanced, flattering bootcut jean. Skinnies don’t flatter her as well because she is also a pear, but she hides it well with the proportions of her clothes. I can’t believe I just wrote that. *She’s perfect.*
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WHAT I LOVE ABOUT SKINNY JEANS
One length hem for all shoes
Showing off all my shoes and boots and booties to their fullest glory
They usually arrive the perfect length for me. No tailoring required.
If they don’t arrive the perfect length, cuffing is cool
They can be edgy or dressed up
Tons of varieties available
They come in leather and snakeskin
WHAT I DON'T LOVE ABOUT SKINNY JEANS
The compression all the way down to my ankles. I start to feel claustrophobic by that much compression by about 5:00
I look like a pear on legs.
They accentuate my hips
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT BOOTCUT JEANS
They are slenderizing
They give an illusion of balance to my body
They look more dressed up
Supposedly they are the next pant trend, so I’m officially ahead of the curve
They are universally flattering to all body types
They are a classic style, which means they are always in style
WHAT I DON'T LOVE ABOUT BOOTCUT JEANS
They don’t come in leather or snakeskin
Even if they did come in leather or snakeskin, would I want to wear them?
I get full on anxiety trying to figure out the right length to hem them. I can’t commit to the cut.
They have to be hemmed to different lengths depending on the heel height of the shoe. I need 2-3 pairs of the same jeans to be able to wear them with different shoes.
What’s the point of all the awesome boots if all you see is the toe poking out? (I found these amazing boots that solve this problem).
They look more dressed up, and I don’t always want that.
So this week I’ve been wearing the barely bootcut jeans I got from Express during the sale I sent you last week. As much as I don’t want to let go of my amazing skinny jean collection (and oh, have I got some great ones!), I cannot deny that these flatter me more. This is an experiment to see how I feel. Will I abandon skinny jeans forever? Will I ignore my body shape and wear what I like? Will I wear some of both? I’ve decided to do a 30-day challenge to give myself time to adjust to something so different, because, let’s be honest, I HATE CHANGE. So, 30 days with no skinny jeans. How will I adapt my edgy style to a decidedly unedgy style of pants? I have no clue. I’ll figure it out, though.
Below you’ll see a comparison of side by side pictures of skinny and boot cut for each outfit.
UPDATE: After this experiment, I switched to bootcut jeans exclusively, even after losing 15 pounds, cause I’m still a pear. I talk about how to love your body type in this video when I purged my closet. My favorites are these barely bootcut jeans in dark wash and in black. You can see all the options here. You can see more of my bootcut jeans outfits here.
Black and blue camo, y’all. Maybe it’s my Southern heritage, maybe it’s my love of the outdoors, maybe it’s tough and whispers of danger, but I LOVE camo. Trouble is it always comes in the olive green color that makes me look like I have the flu. But this uber soft tee comes in my two favorite colors! I couldn’t get it in my cart fast enough! I wish they would make it in (bootcut) pants too. I’d be all over that. I chose this necklace bc the shape mirrors the camo pattern and because it’s brushed silver instead of super shiny. These stabby earrings have a thin chain look dangling from them, and that is definitely a weapon. I call this my assassin look.
As for the pants, you can see in the pictures the skinnies are doing me no favors. I hate that the bootcut cover up my awesome moto boots, but what are people likely to notice more, my hips or my buckles? The skinny jeans are also edgier, which I love. The bootcut seem dressier and more reserved. I like the way the bootcut look on me, but I like the skinny jeans with the outfit.
Jacket similar here, here. Tee here. Jeans here. Boots here. Necklace rose gold version here, similar silver version here, smaller version here. Lipsense 2x Purple Reign, 1x She’s Apples, Glossy gloss.