Posts Tagged ‘silhouette’

Trend Forecast: Too Tight to Handle

August 5, 2010

We’ve seen it happen hundreds of times through out history.  Fashion silhouettes change until they reach an extreme, and then they go back to the opposite end of the spectrum.  For instance, hemlines rose from the 1920’s to the 1960’s until they couldn’t get any shorter than the micro mini-skirt.  From the 1700’s to the 1800’s, waistlines rose until they reached the bust and formed the empire waist.  Through the 1700’s, women’s hip padding became wider and wider with the use of panniers and farthingales, until it became difficult to walk through doors.  Once the hips got too wide, the waistline too high, or the skirt too short, women went to the opposite extreme and used virtually no hip padding, lowered the waistline to the hips, or wore longer skirts.

"Chelsea Look" mini-skirt designed by Mary Quant, 1960's

This silhouette trend is happening again with skinny jeans.  They have been extremely popular the past several years and have gotten so tight they have literally become tights (or leggings), just like the “jeggings” seen in stores.

jeggings from Urban Outfitters

Well, since they couldn’t get much tighter unless you paint them on, the new silhouette trend must inevitably be loose-fitting trousers and wide-leg pants reminiscent of the 1970’s.  Signs of this can already be seen in these Fall 2010 collections:

Chloe Fall 2010

Marc Jacobs Fall 2010

Yves Saint Laurent Pre-Fall 2010

What do you think?

Do you think skinny jeans are here for years to come?  Or do you think people will be wearing looser, wide-leg pants within the next year?

Runway photos courtesy of