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Goodbye, Skinny Jeans

Skinny jeans-at least based on my observations-are the jeans of choice for today's hipsters. Of course, the youth of today aren't the first generation to sport these tight fitting jeans. The history of skinny jean goes all the way back to the 1950s, and over the years, has become the symbol of bad boy rock 'n' roll. Fashion-forward bands like the Rolling Stones, The Sex Pistols and The Ramones all made the jeans part of their uniform.


Almost every decade since has seen an era of the skinny jeans. Even my aunts told me stories of how they would use a pair of pliers to pull up the zippers during the 1970s. And, even today, the skinny jeans have invaded the baby fashion. My daughter, D, received her first pair of skinny jeans at three months. At first, my wife and I laughed a lot at them. The idea of our little girl wearing the uniform of several generations of rockers was too much. But I have to say that the jeans grew on us. Recently, she grew out of both pairs of skinny jeans she received as presents. (One dark blue and one dark brown pair, in case you're curious.) What would the hipsters do? Buy a larger pair? Perhaps it is simply best to accept the jeans no longer fit, that she's gone through her skinny jean stage, and it's time for her to wear looser pants. Just not MC Hammer pants, please, or those hideous Z-Cavaricci-style pants. Not for my rocker.

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