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.