If you read my post about the death of skinny jeans, then you might be shocked to this see. What can I say? I'm not ready  to call it yet. What I am craving is a slightly more sophisticated look. I mean I'm married - I'm practically almost a grown-up. (FYI I was once told that "adults" don't refer to themselves as grownups... to which I responded, "you're only as old as your skin looks") 

However, I have identified what I believe to be the penultimate secret to dressing up skinny jeans. And it's not heels. It's tucking your shirt in. 

And there lies the rub, or bulge to be exact, because skinny jeans by their very definition are not optimized to have any extra fabric tucked in. Who really wants extra bulk added around their middle? Nobody. 

And so, I am finally starting to understand the appeal of those shirts with the elastic on the bottom. Tucked just an inch or two into the waste they give that pleasant  drape which comes from a much deeper tuck, but without the ripples and bulges of all the fabric smooshed in. 

Why did this take me so long to figure out? I don't know. But I'm so glad I did! 

Originally published on August 14, 2014