How Can Bigger Men Pull Off Skinny Jeans?

Skinny jeans have long been a trendy item for men and women alike. In fact, skinny jeans have been a fashion mainstay for the better part of a decade now. In 2005, skinny jeans became the "it look" for women. This trend seeped into men's fashion roughly three years later in 2008. Since then, they’ve become almost ubiquitous. With their stylish, flattering, and comfortable fit, it's unlikely they'll become uncool anytime soon. 

Skinny Jeans for Everyone

When skinny jeans became in vogue, many portlier men felt they couldn't pull off the look. Even today, some bigger guys shy away from skinny jeans due to their insecurities about their figures. However, bigger men can wear skinny jeans and still look great. Like most things, it just takes some planning and effort to ensure you're making the right choices for your body type. Just like with regular jeans, choosing the wrong fit can give you a disheveled and unflattering look. Skinny jeans are versatile and useful in any season, so there's no reason to miss out on this closet staple.

How Bigger Guys Should Choose Skinny Jeans

Many bigger gentlemen – especially if they have a gut – may want to opt for high-waisted jeans. A high-rise pair jean serves to hide and flatten the stomach, giving the wearer a trimmer silhouette.
Next, make sure your pants aren't too tight on your waist. This attracts attention to the stomach and can create an unsightly bulge or fold. If you found the perfect pair of jeans but they give you a muffin-top, you don't necessarily have to give up on those jeans. Instead, wear a longer shirt that drapes over your torso and covers up the stomach.
Skinny jeans are always on the tighter end, but they should fit snugly around the legs and hug your legs lightly. However, if they restrict your range of motion, it's a sign they're too tight. Additionally, another sign that your jeans are too tight is if you keep adjusting the seat or crotch of your pants constantly. Look at the following points below to judge the fit of your skinny jeans.

A quick checklist to follow:

  • Do you have too much fabric bunching up at the crotch, knees, or end of your jeans?
  • Are the jeans emphasizing your stomach in a negative way?
  • Are you unable to bend or sit down comfortably?

Consider the Whole Outfit

When contemplating skinny jeans, it's essential to consider the rest of your outfit. Pair skinny jeans with darker fabrics for a slimming look. Avoid bold patterns as they can create a visual effect that stretches the body to appear larger.

Some Extra Tips

There are two styles of skinny jeans: the super skinny and the standard. The super skinny clings to the entire leg to show off every part of your figure. If you're a bigger guy with defined leg muscles, this cut may appeal to you. However, it's also imperative, to be honest with yourself. If your legs aren't your best physical feature, it's safer to opt for the standard skinny style.
Pay particularly close attention to the color and type of denim when choosing your skinny jeans. Generally speaking, heavier denim is best for wintertime. Consider lighter fabric for other seasons; a heavy fabric can make an individual look bigger and sweat more. Moreover, it's always a good bet to opt for darker denim. Dark colors are often more flattering, stylish, and compatible with more outfits in your closet.

Canadian Menswear with George Richards

George Richards is a premiere men's outfitter with a focus to dispel the stereotype that big and tall clothing isn't stylish. All men deserve to look their best and finding clothes that fit should never feel like a chore. George Richards provides quality men's clothing, including jeans, for men of all sizes. Take a look at our current selection of jeans to revitalize your wardrobe today.
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