We have heard that fashion can kill – figuratively – but doctors and people are saying literally too, because it is true.
There have been other stories on this but the latest is from Yahoo’s article titled, “Woman’s Painful Story Details Health Risks of Skinny Jeans.” It details how she was hospitalized as a result of her skinny jeans.
Read the article and see what she was doing in her jeans that risked her life.
First thought in my head…. “Come on…. dress for the occasion!” Moving, lifting, squatting… reserve that for the appropriate attire. Maybe she was caught off guard and last minute had to engage in such rigorous activity, or the weather was painfully hot while conducting her normal activities and put her body in unusual distress. I don’t know. But I do know is that the skinny jeans did not just lay there and put her life at risk.
Why I am bothered by this more than I should be… I don’t know. Is it the same way people who love their guns get irritated when people say that guns are to blame for deaths instead of the crazy person who took it up and shot innocent people? Ok, maybe that is bit over the top there, but I do LOVE my skinny jeans as someone would love their guns. Skinny jeans is all I wear. I have many of them in all different colors and brands and spanning the cost spectrum. I have one in particular that takes turns between me and the laundry machines. I just love this pair and wear it all the time.
For those that are skinny-jean impaired, let me share that skinny jeans are not all created equal. Some have zero stretch and some flow with your body. I personally know with 10 skinny jeans from 3 different brands ranging from $7.80 to $98. The material, the feel, and how it moves with the body vary despite its style “Skinny.” They may be called the same and look the same but they are not.
Case in point:
Can you tell which is $98 and which one costs only $19.98? Without the camera time stamp on these, I would not have been able to tell you which pair was which. And I will leave it to you to speculate.
I had to return one of these (I ordered online) back for what may be deemed as health and safety reasons. I was able to close it and look great but I could not feel great. I could not breath. There is a world of difference in feeling from the other pair. One of these did not form to my body, instead, it kept my stuff “in” and forced my body to conform to it. I looked great but it did not move with me like my favorite pair moves with me. The fave has this Tencel cotton stretch built into it. Maybe that is why it is $98. When I jiggled my thighs in these stretchy skinny jeans, I would see it all jiggle but my legs were at its best shape once I stopped the jiggling. The non-stretchy $19.98 did not move with me. It kept me from moving freely. My $7.80 jeans (pictured here) start to loose shape, no longer conform to my body, and look saggy after a long day despite looking perfect in the morning when I first put them on.
So tempting to keep something that looks real nice and under $20 but I knew doing so meant I was going to force myself into them, voluntarily and involuntarily keep myself “in” all day, and risk myself – and for what? All for looks and being unable to pass up good deal on great looking pair of jeans? I would have exchanged it for a size up but they were sold out, so a return it is. If looks could kill, this would be it for me, haha. So, I had to let go and put that money towards another one of my favorite, expensive, flattering and safe skinny jeans. Maybe more would consider doing the same, especially if they knew their lives depend on it?