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19 May

Relinquish the Skinny

I stare panicked into an abyss of fabric I have no idea what to do with. Wanting to collapse, in a face fronted heap like the french bulldog meme, doing the rounds. Where does one begin, letting go of a fashion trend that’s 12 years old?


My entire cupboard is filled with thin, stretch fabric skinnies in various colours. A beloved wardrobe staple since 2004. Now that this trend is finally making it’s way out the door, are you ready to dive full tilt into the high waisted thick denim mum jeans? Are super 70s flairs for you? Or does your transition need a more gentle nudge towards change?




Step one: (Let me walk slowly please)

The thought of chucking out 25 pairs of identical skinnies too much? Consider working with the ones you already have. Dip a toe into the primordial ooze of future flares, by just trimming off the cuff of your jeans it will give that raw edged denim feel.

Step 2: (okay I’m ready, take me a smidge further)

Feeling a bit more adventurous with your skinny hoard? Try to get a bit more valiant with the scissors and slice up the sides (only in summer ladies) or cut the front of your jeans shorter to let those beans breathe. Go as subtle or as dramatic as you’d like with this.



Step 3: (I want to put my feet in)

Congratulations you’re finally brave enough to experience the sight of your butt in mum jeans, and can cope with the fact that hunkering down will now cut off blood flow. Grab a pair of Cotton On flashbacks they’re still a beautifully modern take on the old 80s type. Tassled, cropped flares are another way to keep your silhouette slim, whilst still staying off the skinnies train.

Step 4: (Full flare)

Do you have a taste for the dramatic? I suggest you just throw yourself into it. Go full flare on this b****tch! Pair with a shirt and some 70s platforms, there is an amazing pair on Superbalist, go take a look here. Or a t-shirt and sneakers for that 90s Julia Stiles vibe.




Whether you’re ready to dive right into the trend, or slowly make your way towards it. Have fun with the new trends and don’t take it too seriously. Fashion is meant to be fun and it needs to suit you and your character. So if dancing down the street in multicoloured pantaloons makes you feel badass, I say go for it.

Daniella du Plessis
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