Our Fashion editor shares her skinny jeans survival tips, so you don’t become a victim of fashion!
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Health warnings were first issued in 2015 after a 35-year-old Australian woman had to be cut out of her skinny jeans and hospitalised for four days after her too-tight pants caused her calves to swell, cutting off blood supply and nerves.
The “fashion victim” had been squatting for long periods of time in the jeans while clearing out cupboards during a house move.
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Worried that your favourite jeans could be a health hazard? Here’s the skinny on skinny jeans — when tight is too tight and how to pick the perfect pair.
5 signs your skinny jeans are too tight
- You have to lie on the bed and wriggle and jiggle to squeeze into the jeans.
- The waist cuts into you and is really uncomfortable.
- If you’re constantly pulling up your jeans to avoid exposing the dreaded muffin top, it means the waist is too small or the inseam is too short.
- The seams of the jeans leave nasty red welts on your skin.
- The zip won’t stay up on its own.
How to pick your perfect pair of skinny jeans
The recent scare doesn’t mean you need to avoid what’s become a fashion staple in most of our wardrobes, just make sure your skinny jeans tick these boxes:
- Some women have a mental block against going up a size, but you often need to when it comes to skinny jeans.
- If you’re curvy and can’t find a pair of skinny jeans that make you look your best, opt for a flattering straight leg that balances out your curves or go for comfy, good-quality denim jeggings.
- Pear shapes should try traditional skinny jeans without a lot of details or pockets, but if you’re less curvy, you can get away with more detail.
- If you’re well-endowed in the booty department, opt for larger, flattering pockets centred on the fullest part of your bum — in fact, pocket placement is key. The bottom of the pocket should sit where your cheek and thigh meet.
- Remember that darker colours are usually more slimming.
- Skinny jeans shouldn’t bunch up at the ankle, but should neatly finish right on the ankle bone, exposing a little skin. If yours don’t, try and get them tailored.
- Muffin tops are never a good look — curvier women should look for high-rise styles to disguise weight around the middle, while boyish figures can get away with a low-rise style.
- When shopping for skinnies, take an honest friend or family member along to advise you on what looks best.
Now that you know the best way to wear your skinny jeans, here’s how to stay comfortable in high heels.