The secret to skinny jeans


Ladies, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Something I wish someone had told me long ago.

There is a secret to wearing skinny jeans. Now, if you already have legs like toothpicks and a tiny hiney, then this post isn’t for you. But if you have some meat on your tush and some (ahem) strong thighs, like a certain girl I know (wink, wink), then you too can wear skinny jeans.

Take it from a girl who tried to find a pair of skinny jeans for a year. Mr. Right, my fashion-forward husband, kept trying to get me to go to the skinny jean dark side and kiss my bootcut jeans goodbye, but every time I tried a pair on in the dressing room, and watched my insides become stuffed into my pants like sausage being stuffed into its casing, ready to explode at any moment, I was always on the verge of tears as I tried to wiggle my way out of those impossible pants and left cursing the horrible man who invented such a torture device.

It was downright depressing. And then I learned the trick.

Take whatever size you typically wear in pants, and go up a size. Or two. Don’t even take your normal size with you into the dressing room, or you’ll feel like an elephant.

Just ignore the number on the tag, go a size up, and be amazed at how wonderful they feel. And how much skinnier they feel because they don’t look like they’re painted on. Nobody has to know the real size.

You think I’m kidding. But you know you want to try it.

PS–My favorite skinny jeans have come from Banana (try the outlet) and LOFT. Sign up for their e-mails and just wait for their 30-40% off everything special – they run them about once a month.


  1. This is a great tip for wearing skinny jeans! Most ladies don’t think they can pull them off, but everyone should try them on, in a size up 🙂 You look great in yours!


  2. i brought home a pair the other day in my normal size without trying them on. What was I thinking? Those things are going straight back! I may go up to sizes due to my (ahem) age… thanks for the heads up!


    1. Eh, age has nothing to do with it. You’re in good company, and nobody needs to know the size anyway. Just cut that tag out and it’s like it never existed!


  3. Your post cracks me up because I too have been searching for skinny jeans forever! I have to say, though, based on your pictures, you are quite thin so I think your potential for success is much better than mine, LOL!.


  4. I’m glad you just went ahead and said that out loud. We all hate to buy a bigger size but I want those skinny jeans. The Loft curvy skinny jeans fit well, I think.


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