Are you relieved that you grew up in the 80s or 90s?

If you did, you probably have a deep-set, ingrained and strong fear of wearing skinny jeans or trousers.

You look around at current fashions and think “thank God I’m not 16” and have to wear jeans so tight that passers-by can count the change in your pocket.

If you are over the age of 30, chances are you can still recite the entire lyrics from Ice Ice Baby, and can do a dad-dancing version on MC Hammer’s ‘Can’t Touch This’ running man dance. Yep, thought so.

All through this period the prevalent ‘fit’ from the waist down was ‘loose’ at its tightest through to ‘parachute' at the other end of the scale. Skin-tight didn’t really exist during that period (at least to my knowledge)*.

I would like to know how and why the skinny fit revolution started. It is unpractical, uncomfortable and a little too revealing for my liking. When I see the BMXers, skateboarders, parkour runners etc wearing skinny jeans, I can’t help but wonder how on earth they can get the required range of movement from their circulation-threatening jeans. You would never attempt an overhead squat in anything skinny, would you?

Amazingly, Wikipedia have a page on wide-leg jeans which gives a fascinating timeline from the 1500’s explaining how and why men wore baggy trousers (and breeches) in response to fashions, materials and socio-economic events throughout the ages. Apparently the parachute fit started in the ghettos to allow free movement during break-dancing. Who knew?

Then in the ‘noughties’ (worst-named decade ever) we had the arrival of combat trousers. They were a gift to mankind from the fashion gods. They were perfect for every non-formal occasion, and possibly even threatened the existence of jeans for a while. The most endearing feature of combat trousers was that they were all of a loose fit. For guys like us who really struggle to get our big thighs in to normal jeans, combats were what we had been waiting for.

Sadly, combat trousers disappeared in to history along with breeches to the extent that they are now only acceptable as shorts.

So we are back to square one.

Thankfully, at Athlete Denim we make jeans that will accommodate muscular legs. They won’t be skin tight, they won’t be MC Hammers, they will fit you just right.

We are here to save you from the fate of millennials; you do not have to wear skin tight jeans!

In closing – any takers if we run a Kickstarter to #BringBackCombats?

Athlete Combats has a ring to it…

*The earliest memory I have of tight jeans is of those worn by the T-Birds in ‘Grease’, but that was filmed in 1978.

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