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Date: 6/12/13 1:47 AM

I have gotten into a fashion trend crisis. I never liked skinny jeans/pants because they just does not look good on most women. They do not look good on overweight women, they look even worse on slim tiny bodies with thin legs..It seems those skinny jeans makes many figures looks worse then they are. Well,I wear skinny pants although I hate how my body looks in it. I am a hourglass and this is absolutely no-no for my body shape as for some other body shapes. In spite that I got a couple bright colored skinnies for this summer because you cannot avoid them - they are everywhere in stores - and hate how they look on me...
Boot cut jeans looks best on me especially with a high hill, but I am afraid to have this "dated look - boot cuts are not in fashion. So, dear ladies, what to do? Do not follow the trend and wear what is good on your body or pay attention to trends and wear what is trendy?

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Date: 6/12/13 2:30 AM

I wear boot cut jeans. My legs are unproportionately heavy compared to the rest of me and I don't think it pays to highlight my worst feature in this particular way.

I can't imagine why you would wear something that you think is unflattering to you.

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Date: 6/12/13 2:32 AM

Wear what looks good on you, but maybe modify it a little--you know, narrow the boot cut a bit to get a more stovepipe effect.

I hear what you are saying about skinny pants. I spent the last three months in Italy and France, and the run of the mill pants worn by all women were narrow-legged jeans. Gosh, they make the derriere look about a mile wide on all but the very few who are truly narrow-hipped.

Thank goodness the weather was bad and very few women were wearing the pants being offered for later in the spring and summer: bright-colored, low-cut jeans that are both pegged and capri length

I saw just a few of them, and they have the combined advantage (especially from the rear view) of making the booty appear extremely wide while simultaneously making the legs look just about two feet long!

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Date: 6/12/13 2:48 AM

I've been resisting capri and even ankle length pants because my legs already look about two feet long.

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Date: 6/12/13 3:11 AM

I wear boots therefore I buy boot cut jeans. In cattle country they are always in style.

I'd look like hell in skinny jeans, capris, or ankle length pants. Fashion is interesting but doesn't dictate what I wear.

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Date: 6/12/13 3:50 AM

I must be especially unfashionable, because I will NOT wear skinny jeans/pants, and practically live in my bootleg jeans ( and I don't live in cattle country)

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Date: 6/12/13 4:14 AM

I live in London, where skinny jeans have been the norm for so long they are beginning to look dated! I think boyfriend jeans are the next trend, though I don't know if they will be any more flattering.
I pear shaped and a higher rise in the back and a higher waist help me as much as the length and shape of the pants legs. For me, jeans on my natural waist help bring the eye to a small waist rather than accentuating a wide hip the way low rises do.

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Date: 6/12/13 6:46 AM

I'm too have wide hips and short legs, I understand where you are coming from re fashion/best look.
I have in the last 6 months worn a couple of pairs of skinny jeans but only wear them with tunic length tops and heeled ankle boots. Otherwise I wear a straight leg jean that is not too wide, approx hem circumference about 17-18".

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Date: 6/12/13 6:54 AM

Remember Trinny and Susannah? I took to heart their advice that if your legs are "iffy", you should buy every pair of bootcut pants available while they were in style, because that is all you should ever wear. That was a few years ago, but I continue to follow their recommendation. BTW - DD is (obviously) much younger than I am, but she wears the Express Editor style (not the ankle pants) almost exclusively. There's a very good reason those pants have been around so long; they are flattering on all body types. Even DD's tall, skinny friends rely on them for business wear. So no, I don't see skinny jeans or (God forbid) skinny capris as something we HAVE to wear.

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Date: 6/12/13 8:55 AM

I wear boot cut jeans all winter because I wear boots and, like super straight jeans, I think the skinny-pants- tucked- into- boots look is not attractive on many women, myself included.

In summer I wear them because they are all I have. I'd probably wear a pair of the right straight legs in summer if I could find them but despite having been around so long, straight legged jeans are not usually available at the thrift store, which is where I do most of my clothes shopping these days.

I live in a big city (Chicago) and I see people in all styles of jeans, all the time. So much so that no 5 pocket jean style strikes me as especially dated. Straights and super-straights are certainly the jeans of choice of teens and twenty-somethings who also wear leggings in public as if they were pants, but that doesn't mean I have to do it. I see a lot of adult women of all shapes and sizes wearing leggings-as-pants, too, because it is "the style" but it just looks tacky on many people who shouldn't wear them out of the house.

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