Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 14th 2016 Contents A30
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, March 14, 2016
I hear so but I don t know.
But it s too giggle-icous to
keep to myself. My fashion
spies tell me that teenagers
are using plastic bags to help
them slide in and out of their
skinny jeans and tight pants.
The plastic goes around
their lower limbs and then
the legs of the garment are
tugged and twisted this way and that until the gar-
ment crawls its way up over the thighs. To remove
the torture device requires two people and the wearer
lies prostrate on the floor while friends grab a leg
and pu-u-u-l-l-l-l as hard as they can.
That is the latest report from the trenches. Despite
my best efforts, guys have not got the message that
the cigarette-leg look is unappealing and dangerous
to the family jewels. But who listens to me? And
girls---you should know better. You have curves
which are not meant to sausaged like deformed hot-
Few people have legs that resemble cigarettes, so
this trend was doomed before it was revived. Yup,
we oldies had the narrowed look down long before
you young turks ripped your first inseam.
Tapered legs, gun-mouth, and ankle-fit are one
thing, and having recently made the acquaintance
of skinny pants, I can say they have their role to
play. A long, sleek line can be achieved, and with
a spiffy shirt or trapeze top, you can go places. But
anything that is so tight your veins are screaming
blue murder is quite another.
In the public interest, I dashed off an urgent email
to my confidantes at Vogue and sought the latest
dispatches from the design labs.
Guys and those who like guys---this one is for
you, and it is inspired by Pharrell Williams, the
rapper and musician who stars on The Voice. He
made "cropped and shrunken" red carpet ready,
appearing in well-tailored tuxedos but with bare
knees or ankles, in a part runaway orphan, part bil-
lionaire boy genius look.
No one is advocating you start advertising your
knobbly body parts (you have to be rich and famous
first) but a tapered and mischievous boyish swagger
is all the wow. Pharrell is a denim expert and his
new creative adventure is the RAW label, which is
denim from recycled ocean plastic.
As for the girls, you really need to pay attention.
Yoga pants and leggings in public, other than on
your way to and from the studio, will always be
tacky and you will look as if all you have on your
mind is a Downward Facing Dog, rather than com-
pleting that report your boss asked you for a week
The "athleisure look has people eschewing real
trousers for leggings and stuff that looks as if they
are naked, just with clothes on. And now designers
have come up with another hybrid between pants
and leggings called Flex Tech Jeans.
Not jeggings and, not gack! the dread pajama
The Flex Tech is described by my Vogue informant
as a bridge between the gym and the office, and
the "ISKO Premium Denim technology is said to
produce a gravity-defying lifting effect. I remain
suspicious since ISKO are the same people who
unleashed the term "jeggings on us and those of
us with reliable Levi s still comfortably folded in the
closet have never recovered from the trauma.
But ISKO are known as the stretchy-denim spe-
cialists who helped Guess develop our assets right
where we wanted them. They previewed the new
line to Vogue editors recently who have pronounced
it ready to "break into the gym-to-office outfit con-
solidation game. I reserve my own stamp of approval
until my trial pair arrives via FedEx.
I am much more interested in the other news
from Kelly Connor, Vogue.com s resident denim
expert. "The boot cut is back," she reported,
Aaah, bliss. The skinny look can kick
butt but the good old boot-cut jeans are
perfect for those of us who aren t so skinny
and who prefer to be able to get dressed
without having to corkscrew ourselves into
a few inches of denim.
The boot-cut favourite still renders a
sleek silhouette while taking care of our
curves, and gently kicks out below the knee
so you can get your foot through without
a pair of forceps, and the kick also balances
things out for a flattering, baby-got-back
Best thing about the boot cut? It goes
with anything, from the everyday T-shirt
to crisp designer Meiling linen, to the tai-
lored jacket and perfect blouse for dress-
down Fridays at the office---and then you
just shake off the jacket for the after-work
party. See you there.
• Got a fave never-go-out-of-style look?
Tell all at firstname.lastname@example.org
All hail the boot cut "Tapered legs, gun-mouth,
and ankle-fit are one thing,
and having recently made
the acquaintance of skinny
pants, I can say they have
their role to play. A long,
sleek line can be achieved,
and with a spiffy shirt or
trapeze top, you can go
places. But anything that is
so tight your veins are
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