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Its all about how you wear them and how you create balance. I'm not of the 'you can't wear this' 'you can't wear that' brigade, but I am also not a 'wear what you like'. I am from the 'wear what suits you' camp.
If you have skinny legs then try them with chunky boots/ uggs (did I really just recommend those shoes of the devil) or chunky wedges so you dont look too tapered at your ankles (creating the carrot shape), make sure you also wear a top which does not highlight your broadness, ie no shoulderpads or shoulder detailing, wear simple understated T and layering & draw the eye to your waist with a hipster belt or bright cinched in waisted belt....
Nope they suit very few people imo. Basically I think if you over a size 12 then they are to be avoided at all costs<awaits flaming>. I am a size 14 and have what sounds like a very similiar build to you-look fecking hideous in them. Also cannot stand the skinny jeans,killer heels and vest top look that is everywhere. Looks very cheap imo.
I wear skinnies but only in the winter with calf/knee length chunky boots and a tunic style bum covering jumper. I use a chunky necklace to draw the eye away from my shoulders and in towards my middle.
Long chunky necklace with slash neck jumpers and short chunky necklace with V necks. 3/4 sleeves (or rolled up sleeves) also seem to help draw attention away from shoulder area.
I don't own any round/crew neck anything...to avoid the 'Hulk' shoulder look.
I also have skinny ankles so never, ever wear my skinnies with wedges, flip flops or ballet pumps. I always end up looking like I'm wearing the boxes the shoes came in rather than the shoes themselves if I do....not a good look!
IMO, clothes in general look better on the tall and slender - however, the reality is that many of us are neither. I am 5ft and a curvy 8 - 10. I wear skinny jeans but I think there are a few things to bear in mind if you do so:
1. Dark coloured skinnies will always be more flattering and slimming than light coloured ones 2. High waisted ones are also more flattering - nothing worse than flesh spilling over the top of a waistband IMO. 3. As I am short, I wear with wedges to create an illusion of height 4. If you are wearing skinnies, pair with a loose fitting top - I wear looser cotton tops and boxy ts
I am a bit carrot-like too and I agree with chunky footwear to balance them out. I have a pair of chunky man-style boots that make me feel very badass my mum saw them and said "oh they look.. comfortable" Ha!
When I'm wearing skinnies I also usually wear a loose fitting top or shirt, so I don't look too skin tight.
Stringcheese, where do you get your dark straights from? Most of the ones I've seen have faded bits on the thighs. I've got dark skinnies, but my straights came from Primark last year . I think it's time to upgrade!