Skinny, Straight, Boot-Cut, Wide — What Styles of Jeans Do You Wear?

by Janice

Old Navy Skinny Cargo Pants

In the 80′s, I wore tapered pants. In the 90′s I was “enlightened” and converted to boot cut jeans and looked back in horror at the tight legged jeans I once wore.

In the last decade, when tapered jeans reappeared with a new name, “skinny jeans,” I was shocked. Hadn’t we realized the error of our ways??? Did this mean that I had to leave my beloved boot-cut styles?

But fortunately this time, the trend didn’t kick out the other styles.

No, instead of telling us that we needed to throw out our boot-cut jeans and move to a “new” trend, the style-makers and clothing manufacturers did something smarter! They told us that all of the styles are cool — whatever works for YOU! And, even better, you can own and wear them all!

So, even though I still can’t quite believe it, I love these fabulous Women’s Ankle-Zip Skinny “Citizen Surplus” Cargos that Old Navy sent Susan and me to check out. Old Navy Skinny Cargos are snug and skinny and they even have zippers at the ankle — almost makes me feel like I am back in high school!

But most of all, I love that I can wear WHATEVER cut I want! I don’t have to abandon one style in the pursuit of being fashionable!

It is like fashion has evolved.

YOUR TURN: In what cuts do you feel most comfortable? Have you tried out any “skinny” styles yet?

Written by 5 Minutes for Mom co-founder Janice.
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Please Note: Old Navy sent Susan and me each a pair of their Skinny Cargo jeans as well as a $100 gift card to provide feedback about Old Navy. I was not required to post here at 5 Minutes for Mom, but I wanted to share about these fabulous skinny cargos. My opinions are always 100% my own!

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1 Melissa November 7, 2010 at 12:31 pm

I love my boot cuts! I just don’t think I could pull off Skinny Jeans! They do look cute on some people!

You look super cute!


2 Janice November 7, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Thanks! I can’t wear the super skin tight skinny jeans – they do NOT flatter my thighs! LOL But if they aren’t skin tight in the thighs, I can pull them off. :)


3 Hayley November 7, 2010 at 1:04 pm

I have not tried any of the skinny jeans yet, since I know I would look awful. Plus I don’t like such a tight fit around my ankles. My favorites are boot-cut or relaxed fit.


4 Janice November 7, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Yes – boot cut just rock. SO glad that now it is ok to wear all the different styles!


5 Carmen November 7, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Love the jeans Janice! – I have some skinny jeans, but I usually wear them with Uggs, tall boots. or heels. I am too short to just wear them with flat shoes and the Uggs give me the appearance of length =)


6 Janice November 7, 2010 at 9:30 pm

I bet flats would look super cute too! :) I always wanted to be shorter when I was a teenager!


7 SassyModernMom November 7, 2010 at 1:41 pm

I think my fave thing about the skinnies coming back in style is their versatility! You can wear them with flip flops, or they are so easily tucked into Uggs or boots:)


8 Janice November 7, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Exactly! I am wearing these cargos right now with my Ugg-style boots. Comfy. :)


9 Susan November 8, 2010 at 1:41 am

Yes, I love how nicely they slide into boots.


10 shelly November 7, 2010 at 2:29 pm

I don’t like skinny jeans for my body type. But I do like flare leg or boot cut style jeans.


11 Janice November 7, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Yes – I can’t go skin tight skinny on my thighs. NOT a good look LOL!!!


12 Erica Mueller November 7, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Boot Cut or Flares for me. I really don’t think I could pull off the skinny jean. But, you look adorable!


13 Janice November 7, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Bet u would look super cute! :)


14 Christine Jensen November 7, 2010 at 4:36 pm

I haven’t tried skinny jeans yet…I am curious but not sure they would look good on me. I am a boot cut fan.


15 Janice November 7, 2010 at 9:33 pm

The key for me is to not go super skin tight in the thighs. So these cargos are perfect – they aren’t that skin tight!


16 Kristy November 7, 2010 at 9:12 pm

I am straight leg or boot cut. But reading this post made me remember in the 80s when we pegged the legs of our jeans. How silly was that? But of course, there was the whole bangs thing too… Oh well, gotta love the 80s.
Those are cute pants, I need to go to Old Navy some time soon!


17 Janice November 7, 2010 at 9:35 pm

I know – I remember folding in the legs of our jeans! Trends are so funny. I love that they are all in style now! But I won’t wear stirrups again! lol


18 Theresa November 7, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Love the post as I blogged about the newest jean trend myself not too long ago. I am a bootcut jean gal and I love it. I do love the skinny jean look with the tall boot but honestly I am not about to re-do my wardrobe. I too remembered the rolled up jean look which I will never do again no matter what!


19 Susan November 8, 2010 at 1:40 am

That’s what is so awesome about the trends these days… they are so inclusive. You can keep your wardrobe and add a pair of trendy skinny jeans.


20 Marni November 8, 2010 at 12:59 am

I think it really depends on what I am in the mood for. I like boot cut most days, but straight legs are fun, and flares are often cute. Since I’m plus size, I’ve been nervous about trying to pull off the skinny jeans.


21 Susan November 8, 2010 at 1:39 am

Like Janice, I am having fun reliving the past with these ‘skinny jeans’. I never thought I’d wear pants with zippers on the ankles again, but I actually love them.

While I do like having a couple of ‘skinny jeans’, I do mostly wear boot cut jeans.


22 hippie4ever November 8, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Boot cut all the way! But the skinny look great on you :)


23 nicole j November 8, 2010 at 10:10 pm

I am normally a boot cut girl myself, but have found some” skinny jean” pants that work… making me feel less teeny bopper and more adult ;) at places like J Crew, etc. I like the skinny for reasons like you ladies mentioned- tucking into my boots & Uggs. With you Janice about the thigh issue lol


24 Rae November 9, 2010 at 1:29 pm

I wear bootcut to balance out of the width of my hips. I’ve thought about trying skinny jeans but I don’t want to look like an upside down triangle.


25 Val Garner November 9, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Those look really cute on you. I do love the boot cut jeans, the skinny jeans are just not flattering on me.


26 Kristie November 10, 2010 at 7:29 pm

I like wearing boot cut for work and skinny or straight for fun. Now that it’s boot weather the skinnys are even more fun with tall boots!


27 Christine November 18, 2010 at 5:29 pm

I love the idea of skinny jeans but feel more comfortable in slightly flared or boot cut jeans.


28 Clinical Diet December 3, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Whatever fits perhaps?


29 Argie April 17, 2012 at 2:15 am

The clothes depend upon the user and how he/she deals with it. For me, I wore skinny jeans because I’m comfortable wearing it and I love my looks. Trend is like a cycle, it will come back a couple of years and there are great improvements.


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