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I Don’t Care What Gen Z Says, I Will Not Stop Wearing Skinny Jeans

Generations have always had their differences in pretty much everything from food to ideology. And when it comes to the game of fashion, there has always been a generational struggle. Teenagers on TikTok recently unanimously decided that skinny jeans are out. That’s right—Gen Z has opted to call a halt on skinny jeans, urging people to chuck them lest they make us look lame.

Gen Z is avoiding super-tight jeans in favor of baggier choices. Not the oversized boyfriend-type jeans, though those are also cute. I’m referring to loose-fitting, tapered silhouettes that highlight the figure without being suffocating like typical skinnies. Straight-leg, bootcut, and flare jeans are what’s currently in, and if you’re a Gen Z member that still uses skinny jeans, shame on you, then.

I condemn this because I enjoy wearing skinny jeans, and I will not stop because a generational cohort believes that they are no longer fashionable. I am a Millennial/Gen Z cusper, meaning that I don’t exactly know where I fit in between the generations because I have qualities from both. I was born right in the middle of the two warring generations, so I have no idea which side I should support—or affiliate with. But I’ve always been one to put on whatever makes me happy, and I’ll keep doing so.

I wear every kind of jean I possibly can, but I do have a preference for skinny jeans. I feel comfortable in them, and while, yes, I enjoy the baggy feeling of mom jeans or jean-joggers, I sometimes want to rock something skin-tight, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing.

It is essential, though, that one knows how to buy their skinny jeans to avoid any complications, but this is common knowledge: know what you buy.

The skinny jean could be more durable than Gen Z believes. Levi’s CEO Chip Bergh said that he does not think skinny jeans are ever going away on the women’s side of the business, despite a clear trend towards “casual, looser-fitting clothes in general.” Denim: Fashion’s Frontier author Emma McClendon agrees, telling The Guardian recently that “skinny jeans always have a way of bouncing back. They are an extremely versatile and adaptable garment that carry such a multitude of cultural meanings that they will never be irrelevant.”

I’ll tell you one thing, though…I will not stop buying my skinny jeans.


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