|Punk magazine, 1976|
I can understand skinny jeans then as part of a punk aesthetic. I am too poor to afford jeans that fit. Besides, I do not care to conform to society's expectations of good clothing and good grooming.
Skinny jeans were different from tight jeans. Tight jeans could be used to feature the muscles of a man's legs or butt. Cowboys (I grew up in Oklahoma) wore tight jeans, but not skinny jeans. Skinnies were tapered and would not accommodate boots. And the punk lifestyle did not allow much time at the gym nor on the mechanical bull. Guys who wore skinnies had skinny legs.
|John Travolta in Urban Cowboy (1980)|
The jeans are so tight that adjustments may be difficult, though important to ensure certain delicate body parts are not damaged.
But the skinny look has conquered the rest of the men's fashion world. Now the skinny look is in with trousers and shirts. There are skinny blazers now. And even skinny tuxedos. You could see them at the Emmy Awards on Sunday night.
|Adam Scott, 2011 Emmys|
Look at the pants on Parks & Recreation's Adam Scott. They are so tight you could count the change in his pocket if his hand weren't in the way. And not only are the pants legs too tight, they are too long. They have gathered so much his legs look like bendy straws.
The worst of the night was possibly the tuxedo on Glee's Cory Monteith. His tuxedo looked like it hurt him. It looked like he had been extruded into it. Did it explode when he sat down? Or did the jacket merely break some of his ribs?
Skinny blazers and skinny tuxedos make grown men look like they are children again, dressed by their mothers for a great aunt's funeral.
|Cory Monteith, 2011 Emmys|
Perhaps the skinny look is a way of appealing to a reluctance by the American male to grow up.
Or perhaps I am just old.
Hey, you kids! Get off of my lawn! And get a haircut!