Men’s Skinny Jeans

There was a fun article in the The Wall Street Journal on Monday that caught my eye about men wearing skinny jeans.  Written by Ray A. Smith, "Tight Squeeze: Making Room For a New Men's Fashion" details the trend of men's skinny jeans, and also the problems – namely having to walk slower, not being able to cross your legs, and overall discomfort. 

Smith says that while the skinny style is increasingly popular with guys, they're finding them to be unforgiving.  In response, Smith writes that "the makers of men's jeans are trying to be more accommodating" (A10).  He says that "Levi Strauss & Co. added room in the seat and thigh in its newest skinny jeans for men," True Religion added spandex material to its new skinny jean (without advertising it, since they worried men would think spandex only belongs in women's gym clothes), and 7 for All Mankind "widened the thigh and elongated the distance from the crotch to the top of the waistband on the new skinny men's jeans it will start selling this month" (A10).  Gap and Rock & Republic have made similar changes.  

The article included pictures of actors Shia LaBeouf and Zac Efron in skinny jeans, and the caption said that sales of men's skinny jeans are going strong.  I've seen the style on high school boys and urban hipsters, but I haven't gotten the sense that the style is breaking into the mainstream yet.  What do you think?   

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