Skinny is a type of silhouette which is created through garments that hug the body of the wearer fitting it to them. This silhouette is most typically given to a trouser garment which hugs at the ankles. This type of silhouette announced itself from as early as the 1800s in “pantaloons”. Taking on this silhouette a “drainpipe jean” was worn tightly to the legs rebelling against the norm in the 1950s and 1960s again reappearing for the late 1970s. The 1980s proved to be popular for the skinny jean too showing the starting point of the lighter coloured skinny jean which would be present in the early 2010s.

This type of jean may be worn with flat shoes, boots or heels but for a more casual look trainers such as converse can be worn.

2010s also saw the skinny silhouette take shape in blazers and jackets. For A/W 2012 catwalks skinny trousers and blazers are largely on trend with Balmain indicating a look towards skinny leather trousers whereas Paul Smith went traditionally British with a slim fitted riding blazer.

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Written by Hollyann Prince

Hollyann Prince, graduating in International Fashion Business at Nottingham Trent University next year, currently writing the Silhouette & Looks and Accessories section of the Dictionary for Catwalk Yourself. A lover of fashion history and everything unique.

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