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Style SOS: Am I too old to wear skinny jeans?

Style SOS: Am I too old to wear skinny jeans?

"I've seen a lot of guys wear skinny jeans lately, but I just turned 40 and I don't know if I can still pull them off. Is there an age limit to wearing them?" - Eric via Instagram

Skinny jeans have been on the scene for a while now, so it’ll come as no surprise when you see them out in the wild. But let’s get straight to the point – the short answer is no, there is no age limit for wearing skinny jeans. But that doesn’t mean we advise you to rush out and buy a pair.

As you get older, you develop a better understanding of your personal style. For some people, their 20s are the end of their skinny jeans phase, whilst for others it might be their 40s. 

“Skinny jeans are, more often than not, better suited to younger men,” says stylist Alexander McCalla, “But that’s not to say older guys can’t wear them too. What it comes down to is style and confidence. Skinny jeans can often throw your shape out of proportion, especially in colder weather. When you’re layering up to keep warm, skin-tight jeans may leave you looking top heavy and potentially larger than you really are.”

Of course, if you’re Mick Jagger or Pharrell Williams, you’re going to be able to pull off anything. But for the everyday guy, a bit more thought is required to get it right.

We believe you should feel good in whatever you wear and, if you’re questioning whether skinnies suit you as you check yourself out in the mirror, chances are you should probably give them a miss. “If you’re not immediately convinced by how skinny jeans look on you, then opt for a slim fit instead,” Alexander says. “They’re timeless, and tend to suit a far wider range of men. Plus, they have a longer shelf-life both in terms of trend and fit. Skinnies can lose their shape quite quickly, whilst slim cut denim will last for years.”

If you’d rather invest in a similar cut that will last and can be paired with a wider range of styles, slim fit jeans are the happy medium you’re looking for. But, if you simply love how they look – or want to show off your leg gains – by all means take a chance on skinny jeans regardless of your age. After all, it’s just a number.

Words: Ella White
Illustration: Ryan Gillett