They may be oh-so-flattering, but you might want to loosen up a little. By Dawn Chen
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On a previous press trip, style icon and TV host Louise Roe once shared a nugget of fashion advice that I never forgot: She mentioned that the best fit of jeans is one that you should struggle a bit to get into. (For more of Louise’s fashion tips, read this!) That actually gives the most flattering cut for skinny jeans, but could the compression actually be bad for you in the long run?
While there are no hard and fast rules surrounding skinny jeans, one woman learnt the hard way. In a fascinating case study that was published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry last year, a woman in her mid-thirties wore skinny jeans while helping her family member with his house moving. She spent hours squatting and unpacking boxes. By the end of the day, her legs were swollen and numb, and she had lost sensation in her feet and calves. She had to be taken to the hospital, where doctors cut off her jeans and found that she had damaged muscle and nerve fibres in her lower legs. Yikes. The reason: Compression from her skinny jeans. It took four days before she could walk properly again!
As someone who loves my skinny jeans, this story really caught my attention. There have been days where I’ve sat cross-legged on the floor in them, and have felt my legs start to go a bit numb. I used to attribute that to the usual “pins-and-needles” feeling you get if you’ve been in the same position for too long, but who would’ve thought it could be the beginning of damaged nerves and muscles? Now that I know, I’ll definitely be more mindful. To up the comfort factor of my skinny jeans, I also opt for stretchier materials and fabrics. Or, you know, some days I just head out in a pair of sweet leggings since athleisure dressing is now all the rage…!