Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Feminine Differential - Skinny Jeans?


The Best Women’s Skinny Jeans for Men

It was nearly four years ago when the idea of men wearing women’s skinny jeans was raised on The Jeans Blog. It was (and continues to be) one of the most heavily commented upon articles that we have here. It is apparent that we have a large contingent of males in our reader base who wear women’s skinny jeans, so this article is for them and those who are on the fence about trying women’s jeans.

In my opinion, the taboo about men wearing women’s skinny jeans is overblown. Truthfully, when people see you on the street, they notice that you are wearing skinny jeans, not that you are wearing women’s jeans. As such, the real question for men is do they feel comfortable wearing skinny jeans? The answer seems to be a yes. In which case, it gets down to what brand and style of jeans gives you the fit and look you want for your body. There are certain tells such as rear pocket size and placement, inseam length, embroidery on the pockets, and fly length, which avid readers of this blog may pick up on as being characteristic of women’s jeans, but are mostly oblivious to the public at large.

With the proliferation of skinny and extreme skinny jeans for men why bother with women’s jeans? Well for one thing, women have been dealing with extremely skinny jeans for a considerable amount of time. Once you approach form fitting styles, the bio mechanics of walking and sitting introduce new challenges into finding a good fitting jean. Poorly designed jeans tend to bunch up at the knees and slip down from your waist. For example, if the leg is tight on your thighs or waist and the fabric has insufficient flexibility, they will start to bunch up around the knees. On the other hand, if the jeans are tight on the calves and the fabric has insufficient flexibility, the jeans will have a tendency to slide down below your waist.

I don’t know about you, but I hate having to constantly pull up my jeans to keep them in place. Innovations in women’s jeans which have yet to take hold in men’s styles are in soft stretchy fabrics, usually characterized by a low percentage of cotton fiber such as Paige’s Transcend material and the use of a higher rise for the jean. The newer fabrics beyond being incredibly comfortable, don’t stretch out yet have a flexibility that minimizes bunching along the leg. By going to a slightly higher rise, the jeans rest on the top of your hip bone which helps anchor them in place.

As someone who has dabbled in women’s jeans, I’d like to share my opinion on several pairs that will work for a man if he is willing to give it a try. Rest assured, I do have a pair of each and wear them often. 

The characteristics I take into account when selecting a pair of women’s jeans include:

  • Am I comfortable with the way they fit on me?
  • Is the inseam long enough as the jeans’ leg must cover my ankle?
  • Is there a sufficiently long fly for obvious reasons?
  • Do they stay in place with minimal slippage and/or bunching?
  • Plus, are the size & placement of the back pockets ok? If too small or placed too high, they can look overtly feminine.
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So if skinny jeans are your go to style, women’s versions have to be considered an option if you are looking for your perfect pair. Whether that holds true for other styles is TBD. As always, the brands websites can give you more details regarding the jeans covered in this article. Let us know what women’s jeans you guys love to wear as well.


1 comment:

  1. For me, I am not a fan of wearing skinny jeans. I need my legs to breathe a bit. But I certainly don't like wearing baggy jeans either.

    The jeans that work great for me are Gloria Vanderbilt Amanda jeans. They are fitted at the natural waist which is great and they have a hint of stretch.

    The GV jeans don't have any overtly feminine designs except for the swan on the front pocket. I DO wear these jeans in drab mode so I can "stealth cross dress." I really enjoy this.

    I remember GV jeans in the 80's. The height of designer jeans. I always loved seeing them. I never thought my future self would ever walk around in GV jeans. Amazing.

    -Christina Cross