... and into some flared or cropped jeans!
We BEG you, the next time you see a pair of skinny ripped jeans in a store and think "Ooohh, I don't have them in this colour. And these RIPS! I've always wanted a pair that has seven rips down one leg!" PUT THE DENIM DOWN AND STEP AWAY FROM THE CLOTHING RACK.
It's time to move into some new weekend real estate and play with your denim look.
The ripped skinny jeans craze began simply: two rips at the knee with lots of that good white cotton stuff in the rip to cover up the hole (plus a few danglers) and one rip on the thigh for good measure. But, wait? A rip on your thigh? Because you carry keys in your pocket?! Nope. I know you only carry a hair elastic and a few bobby pins in that pocket.
We're the last people to advocate that fashion must be strictly functional, but those rips are an implication, a suggestion, of what your lifestyle is. You're active. You walk and perhaps bike daily. And so loyal! You take your jeans everywhere and love them even as they start to decompose on your body!
After our little thigh-rip fib, fashion sought license to completely divorce itself from reality. Denim was getting slashed every which way, often below the knee, which we all know is completely unlikely in reality.
And nine rips on one leg?! Nope. Not happening.
And then last summer, fashion started showing huge rips. More like gashes. Or, jeans disemboweled. It was a complete denim slashing bonanza. Not only were knees now visible, but so was thigh! And shin! Jeans were hanging on for dear life, clinging to their owner from sheer muscle memory, as opposed to the actual presence of cloth!
In all honestly, we kinda like this look. The rip craze had become so extreme that it actually turned back on itself and had become incredibly realistic. Who here hasn't put their foot through a rip in their jeans and completely decimated it? All those wonderful white strands, gone forever. It seemed fashion had become honest again.
But it isn't super attractive. It only looks great on models and fashion bloggers with tans.
And this is the crux of our argument: the ripped skinny jeans look... it's the model's day-off look. It's chill. It's sexy. But sometimes, don't you want to be someone else on your day off? Like, your own fabulous self? What's her style?
Try out a new denim look. You will be pleasantly surprised to discover there are a million other sexy and comfortable denim looks available in fashion right now. In fact, all of fashion is obsessed with denim these days.
Currently, fashion is heavily influenced by the 70's. High-waisted flairs, that are skinny on the thigh and then flair from the knee; is a look that is flattering on many female figures. When the cuff goes right to the floor you'll look a million times taller. Or another 70's look: wide legged jeans.
Or try cropped denim. Be sure the hem falls right above your ankle - get them hemmed or simply loosely roll the cuff, and pair them with a flat and you'll be the epitome of weekend chic.