Like most, I hold denim near and dear to my heart, and that especially goes for jeans. From vintage to mom jeans and wide-leg styles, my closet is filled with folded stacks of them of all silhouettes and washes. But there remains one style I haven’t dared touch in years– the skinny jean. I’m a pear-shaped curvy girl, so my preferences have always skewed extremely high-waisted and with as wide of a leg as possible to balance the proportions of my thighs. Skinny jeans are notoriously figure-hugging so there really is no hiding when it comes to areas you may wish to conceal. Since I don’t like to call attention to my thighs, for that reason alone I haven’t touched a pair of them since college.
However, my feelings started to change since becoming an editor at Who What Wear; It’s clear that our readers can’t get enough of skinny jeans content (as do a lot of my colleagues), so slowly yet surely my previous disdain has shifted into a bit of curiosity. Can a wide leg enthusiast really embrace the extreme opposite end of the spectrum? My interest was piqued. To test the waters of this unfamiliar territory I decided to challenge myself and try them out for a week. Because my group texts can’t stop talking about Madewell jeans (and neither can the Internet), I turned to the brand to try out a few of their best-selling curve-friendly skinny styles. Read on to see the pairs that topped my list, and to check out my final verdict.