Recently, fashion magazines and blogs have been trying to get us to wear these:
All the stores this fall want us to wear these:
But the expert reports are in, and here is what's actually in style for the long haul:
Long live skinny jeans. The fashion industry might push for new pants styles every season, but it's unlikely they'll dethrone the beloved skintight jeans that have been a staple in women (and men's) wardrobes for years.
"It'll be another four to five years before we see skinny jeans really rattled by new competitors," Katie Smith, a senior fashion and retail market analyst at Edited, told Business of Fashion. "It's a functional shape that's suitable for work and leisure, which makes it difficult to abandon."
In other words, skinny jeans are staying — even as designers and stores try to innovate with other styles.
Stop trying to make other jeans happen, fashion industry. Boyfriend jeans — the slouchy, sometimes torn look that's been around for several years — are a favorite style among fashion bloggers. But finding the flattering cut that doesn't dwarf the body or add unwanted volume is tough, even with numerous style guides.
This summer, fashion editors have been loving culottes (pronounced this way), even though they often look like cut-off wide-legged trousers. There's a certain quickly appeal and history to the pants and, sure, some can pull it off beautifully, but it's not a look for year-round.
And this fall, as the '70s make an unstoppable comeback with all sorts of fringe, bow blouses and A-line skirts, flared jeans are being pushed back into our lives. Yes, legit bell bottoms are attempting a resurgence.
Skinny jeans, you're bae. But the love of skinny jeans in our culture runs deep, even if it means we turn to skinny jean workouts or risk hospitalization due to poor circulation. Non-skinny denim may be happening for expensive, higher-end retailers, but for most of us, "the mass market is fairly static around two or three key shapes," Smith told Business of Fashion.
Which means we can say, "no, thank you" to all of flared, cropped and baggy jeans popping up in stores and say, "yes, please" to even more skinny denim.
In the United States, women on average already own seven pairs of jeans, according to research cited by Business of Fashion. With that many pairs in the closet, any new purchase might just be to replace was likely already there: a pair of skinny jeans.