I’ve got a new YouTube video coming out tomorrow, for which I wore a 1980s-inspired outfit. Because you can’t see the head-to-toe look in the video, my right-hand woman Eryn took this full-length photo.
What Wendy Wore
Mesh jacket: God Save LA (2013, inspired by Madonna and previously seen here)
Jeggings: J. Brand (2010-ish? Previously seen here)
Belt: Purchased from Bluefly (2016)
Imitation Keith Haring clutch: Patricia Field (2015)
Boots: Celine (pre-2007)
Earrings: Originals from the 1980s
Here’s a closer look at the clutch and those “homegrown vintage” boots. Can you believe those are more than 10 years old and still going strong?
In the video, I talk some more about the 1980s looks that I still love. (I never get tired of that subject!) But I don’t mention one style that I don’t care for, which is the modern interpretation of skinny jeans, including the “jeggings” I was wearing during the video.
It’s surprising that I don’t like today’s skinny jeans considering that I spent the ’80s obsessed with super-tight dark jeans imported from England and black leggings. I was also a fan of Guess cropped, ankle-zip jeans that were on the skinny side, as well as narrow stirrup pants.
During the first decade of the 2000s, when the only jeans to be found were low-rise and boot-cut, I desperately wanted what I thought of as skinny jeans. I had only one pair of jeans for years because I was so not into the Frankie B look. Eventually, I discovered Acne’s Hex style in 2007. Those were the perfect skinny jeans for me.
In 2017, though, my 2007 Acne jeans style would be more likely to be considered “straight-leg” instead of “skinny. “Skinny” has come to mean a skin-tight, leggings-like fit (leading to the awful portmanteau of “jeggings”), and that doesn’t appeal to me at all. I don’t mind skinny jeans on other people, obviously; I just don’t want to wear them myself. The only reason I have my one pair of J. Brand jeggings is because I was planning to wear them as part of an Adam Ant Halloween costume. I still tend to wear the jeggings when I’m trying to look costume-y. Other than that, I prefer straight-leg and boyfriend-cut jeans, plus I’ve been keeping an eye out for flares and wide legs that might work.
I’m a bit mystified by this personal fashion “don’t”: Maybe I overdosed on leggings in the 1980s? Whatever the reason, this covers what I don’t talk about in tomorrow’s video. Make sure you subscribe so you can find out what I do talk about!