Once upon a time, skinny jeans were all I wore.
But sometime between 2014’s reemergence of vintage Levi’s and the culottes that came after, I went from wearing cigarette cuts every day, to a few times a week, to feeling repulsed by the idea, which made wearing my vast collection of boots made just for tucking feel impossible.
Can’t I have my baggy-fit trousers and eat my boots, too?
No. That would be painful. Keeping my favorite kind of footwear around, however, isn’t. Allow me to present a three step plan:
Stop thinking in terms of just pants.
A pair of over-the-knee boots shields one’s legs from the bipolar temperament of early spring weather with all the efficiency of trousers but in a less expected way. To squeeze every last ounce of visual interest from this look, opt for a midi skirt that’s slit just enough to show off extra tall shoes. Thanks to the perfect balance of proportions and shapes, it’s like a wearable Instagram filter, guaranteed to turn every movement into a post-worthy shot.
Speaking of great shots, by the way, meet our lovely model for the day, Simone Kitchens! She’s the associate beauty director at Glamour where she also contributes features, and she, too, is ready to give skinny jeans a breather.
“I was sent a press release last night for some plastic surgery treatment claiming to make ‘every day a skinny jeans day,’ which is maybe the most depressing email I’ve gotten this week,” she said. “That’s my idea of skinny jean fatigue. When doctors are trying to change your body to better fit a jean trend, I’d say it’s time to move on!”
Move on we shall — to cropped trousers!
Fashion may be reaching peak culotte, but crisply tailored, just-above-the-ankle lengths still feel fresh. The proof is in the pinstripe pudding that are these flood pants and the way they hover just so above Everlane’s contrast sole sneaker boots. Because there are so many neutral colors and straight lines happening in the lower half of this look, we went full fiesta up top. This is a chance to mix bright red, puffy sleeves and a butt cape without looking like a superhero sidekick. Take it!
Prefer something more subdued? Bust out the overalls.
It’s an easy way to satisfy your denim craving without singing that same old skinny jeans song. The best bibs of the moment, in my opinion, are reminiscent of jumpsuits with sleek, clean lines and a dark wash finish — a sly, sexy of wink to the Western trend — and ideally paired with Doc Martens. Because the clunky-cool silhouette doesn’t match any of the stereotypes so often associated with all-in-one dungarees (farmers, mechanics and pre-schoolers — oh my!), it lets the look be a blank canvas on which to paint your own style.
So what are you waiting for, Picasso? Get to it!