“Do these jeans make me look fat?”
It’s one of those loaded questions we ask our friends, or ask ourselves when we look in the dressing room mirror. Does it even have an objective answer?
Let’s start by dropping that negative value word, fat. Weight has nothing to do with dressing your body to flatter it–and proportion has everything to do with it.
So let’s rephrase the question to one that’s related to body silhouette, not size: “Do these jeans make me look wider at the top (i.e. the hips) than at the bottom?”
And when it comes to skinny jeans, the answer is easy: yes. They do. So do leggings, jeggings and any other type of covering that fits snugly down the leg.
It’s a basic question of shape and proportion. Look at the illustrations. Which shape looks wider across? Which one looks narrower?
(It’s a trick question: they’re both the same width at the top. The one on the left only looks wider because it tapers at the bottom. You know, like a pair of skinny jeans.)
Or try this: Have a friend take photos of you wearing skinny jeans and then some other style, like a boot cut or straight leg. Then compare the photos. Can you see a difference?
So yes, skinny jeans make your hips look wider.
The more important question is this: Does it matter?
The answer is yours alone. If you are looking for a longer, leaner body line, then it matters; skinny jeans aren’t the garment silhouette for you.
But if you want to balance out broader shoulders (the inverted triangle shape), or simply rock your curves, it doesn’t matter at all. Skinnies are a welcome part of your wardrobe.
Either way, you make an informed decisions by knowing how a garment affects your body proportions and choosing the ones that flatter you–and make you the most comfortable.
If you don’t love it, don’t wear it.
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