Are skin tight jeans back in style thanks to Katy Perry?


After a respite of low-slung, wide-leg and loose jeans, it seems the tight jean is back!

I saw tight jean leggings for women in Nordstrom last spring and recently saw tight jean leggings for girls in Target. But with style maven Katy Perry’s latest video “Teenage Dream,” I predict the skin tight jean craze is about to explode! (She convinced all the girls they needed Daisy Dukes with bikinis on top this summer with “California Gurls” .)

You can see the video to the song above. It’s pretty clear what’s going on – no ambiguity like in the ‘80s  — Did Madonna really mean baby?

Here are some of the lyrics to “Teenage Dream”:

“I might get your heart racing
In my skin-tight jeans
Be your teenage dream tonight”

”Let you put your hands on me
In my skin-tight jeans
Be your teenage dream tonight”

“You make me
Feel like
I’m living a Teenage Dream
The way you turn me on
I can’t sleep

“Let’s runaway
And don’t ever look back
Don’t ever look back”

People.com agrees that all the teens are going to want Perry’s skin-tight jeans. I found this story in the Stylewatch section:

While Katy Perry might have declared “daisy dukes with a bikini on top” the signature uniform of “California Gurls”, the quirky singer is trading in her bedazzled Diesel short-shorts for a new pair of jeans from the Italian brand: The Livier 65Z 5-pocket jean leggings style! In her new music video for “Teenage Dream,” Katy shakes it on the beach in the new jeggings. Hugging her famous curves in all the right places, these new jeans are sure to “get your heart racing,” as Katy croons in her new song. And just like her Swarovski-covered daisy dukes, Katy put her own finishing touches on these Diesels by slashing tiny holes in the legs. While the pop star might be the first person to own this brand new style of Diesel jean leggings, she won’t be the only one! Come November you can get your hands on your own pair for $170 in Diesel stores worldwide and at diesel.com.”

Growing up in the 1980s jeans were so tight they left stitch marks up your legs and across your bellies. I can remember girls talking on the bus about using ice picks to pry their jean zipper up the front of the pants. It seems like the leggings or jeggings will at least be more comfortable than the old version.

Slightly off topic, let’s talk about that Katy Perry video! Holy cow! My kids love Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” but they sure as heck won’t be hearing this one. Does the video show too much? Do we really need to see her in bed with a guy on top of her? The teens in America love her so much it’s really scary.

The funny thing is I think she is a really smart woman. She writes a lot of her own songs and her marketing is amazing. I wish her smart business side could be promoted to our young girls instead of her tight blue jeans!

So are you seeing the skin-tight jean trend already at your home? Are you teenage girls wearing them? What about the little kids? What about mom? How are the new jean leggings ? Are they comfy? Do you like them?

What do you think off Katy Perry and her videos?

62 comments Add your comment

maybe yes or no

September 2nd, 2010
1:08 am

Sonny with a Chance has a funny show that makes fun of skinny pants where their legs fall asleep and they can’t stand up “Skinny Pants Syndrome”. Lots of good ideas in this episode about not following fads and how you just get sucked in.

Jeff

September 2nd, 2010
6:28 am

I have a 7 y.o. daughter, so she’s not quite in to trends like this yet. She cries if you ask her to wear a dress because then she can’t “play”.

If, however, the women my age follow the trend, it wouldn’t hurt my feelings any.

Skinny Jeans were popular

September 2nd, 2010
6:28 am

They were popular for at minimum the last three years. I have been making fun of a teenager in my neighborhood for his skinny jeans for at least that long.

I think they look pretty dumb, but I like them better than the jeans below someone’s underwear.

motherjanegoose

September 2nd, 2010
6:56 am

Skinny jeans is not a topic I am versed in but y’all have a great day! Never wore them and never purchased any for my daughter.

Our internet was on the fritz yesterday and I did not get to congratulate deidre on her new grandchild!

I also wanted to thank Becky for a fun lunch and thoughtful gift for my daughter..that was sweet. We will meet again!

Becky, perhaps you can answer abc’s question at 10:21 last night, on yesterday’s topic. Maybe it was actually related to the rumor topic. You spent some time with me, so you can share.

Cobb Woman of Color

September 2nd, 2010
7:11 am

The bodies of women and teenage girls now have more fat. I would hate to see those bodies squeeze into skinny jeans. I see teenagers with cellulite, back fat, excessive fat on their waistline…most of the low waisted jeans look horrible on them!

MomOf2Girls

September 2nd, 2010
7:23 am

@Cobb, good point.

I wonder if the fat trend and style trend are somehow related. Those skinny jeans that were in style in HS kept me from gaining weight!

motherjanegoose

September 2nd, 2010
7:27 am

I hear it is called MUFFIN TOP, when your tummy pooches out over your tight jeans.

motherjanegoose

September 2nd, 2010
7:34 am

Sorry, I will be out of here soon to school but I do have a question. I am almost fifty one and the mother of 2 grown children. I do have pooches …no room to talk.

@ Cobb…Am I the only one seeing more and more teens and twenties with poochie tummies that are poured into jeans. Are young adults really chubbier today?

On the flip side…my daughter has lost 7 pounds in just 3 weeks at college. She reports how yummy the food is and also how much she has been walking….including 4 flights of stairs in her dorm.
Maybe she will avoid the freshman 15.

Thelma

September 2nd, 2010
7:48 am

If you are an obese woman and/or drive a minivan, you do NOT need to be dressing like Katy Perry.

You need to dress more like TYLER PERRY… when he is in drag.

drivel alert

September 2nd, 2010
7:54 am

Like, I think skinny jeans are totally kewl! Katy rocks! totally. ok, soo I’m off to take the kiddies to skewel! totally check in later, giggles.

I was wondering though, why arent woman taken more seriously, its totally, like, not fair ya’ll! tootles!

On a different note...

September 2nd, 2010
8:11 am

You let your kids watch the Cali Gurls video? You don’t think there’s overt sexuality on display there?

Photius

September 2nd, 2010
8:13 am

Man, I hope skin tight jeans make a come back – OH YEAH! Sasoon, Jordash…. big ratted out hair and hoop earrings….girls who would have to use pliars in order to zip them up…. wonderful 80’s memories! Skin tight jeans on good looking gals – VA VA VOOM!

Sid Vicious

September 2nd, 2010
8:13 am

The tight jeans can be contributed to the “Metal Music” scene in the late 80’s to early 90’s…Bands such as Megadeth, Anthrax, Metallica and Testament (to name only a few) wore jeans so tight that it was a wonder how they would not split while playing the music they did…Katy Perry is just a “Pop” sensation led by the music moguls who basically shove mindless ideas down the general population’s throat…

90210..

September 2nd, 2010
8:21 am

…what is today’s date?

CartersMom

September 2nd, 2010
8:21 am

@Motherjanegoose – I agree with you. Teen girls and young women in general appear to hold a lot of tummy fat these days – even if they are relatively slim otherwise. My personal trainer said it is due to the junk and processed foods that generation consumes.

Sid Vicious

September 2nd, 2010
8:25 am

@ 90210… Da Da Da Da – Da Da Da Da – Wu Wu Wuu… ( That theme song rules!!!!!! )

RJ

September 2nd, 2010
8:26 am

First off, I’ve seen much worse videos than this one. I wouldn’t want my young kids watching it, but there are far worse videos than this one out there. I personally don’t have a problem with tight jeans. I don’t think Kate Perry has anything to do with them making a comeback; they came back a while ago. My daughter loves skinny jeans. We just have conversations about how they fit. I don’t want to see butt cheeks! She’s found a brand that fits her perfectly so I’m okay with them. I also have a pair of skinny jeans. They’re not skin tight but as all jeans fit me, they’re clingy. I think anything done in taste is fine.

As far as teenaged girls being bigger, I also am concerned about their weight. I see girls with rolls of fat at 14. Forget how good they look in their clothes, this is extremely unhealthy. Maybe it’s because they get much less exercise than we did. Although I didn’t take PE in highschool, so I’m not even sure if that’s the reason. We need to teach kids better eating habits and parents need to let McDonald’s be a once a month treat instead of being used regularly for dinner.

Bunch of Yentas

September 2nd, 2010
8:30 am

I guess its true that the Suburbs really are 5 years behind.

Hipsters have been wearing the skinny jeans for far too long.

justmy2cents

September 2nd, 2010
8:34 am

Am I the only person that thinks the designers of skinny/skintight jeans needs to join forces with the makers of Vagisil? Wearing clothes like that is just begging for yeast infections…yuck!!!!

Hey, 2cents..

September 2nd, 2010
8:46 am

TMI – TMI…

TechMom

September 2nd, 2010
8:46 am

Skinny jeans & leggings have been making a come back for a couple of years. The ‘jeggings’ were popular in Sweden when we visited last summer and I kept waiting to see them pop up here and now they’ve arrived. I think it’s just a coincidence that Katy’s song is out at the same time. They don’t bother me that much and again, I’d rather see them than low-cut jeans with crack showing.

All I can say for the video is that I’d be embarrassed it watch it with my 15-year old son- it’s borderline pornographic. I know it’s not much different than a lot of movies and tv shows but that doesn’t mean I think it’s appropriate.

Photius

September 2nd, 2010
8:52 am

TechMom – don’t worry! Your 15 year old has already seen enough pornographic images/videos via the internet with his friends…. he wouldn’t want to watch the Kate Perry video not when there is the internet!

JJ

September 2nd, 2010
8:59 am

I don’t allow celebrities to rule my life. I’ve never been one for trends. I dress for comfort.

Just give me a good pair of Levis, some tennis shoes and a few shirts and I’m a happy camper!!!

deidre_NC

September 2nd, 2010
9:12 am

@MJG thanks :)…she is beautiful :)….i always loved tight skinny jeans when my body was still good enough to look great in them…those days are gone..plus..tight jeans hurt my back..weird huh? i hate jeans that are so low…if you can see pubic bones and b cracks…thats way too low!! but tighter jeans look better imo than baggy ones…as long as theres no fat rolls hanging out…that video is a tad porno…but almost everything on tv or music videos is these days…not only what it shows but the lyrics–lets go all the way no regrets? well…the only place today that kids learn restraint and modesty and how not to be a slut is at home…the schools dont teach it. even some churches dont. my daughter and i went to a church one sunday (a friend had asked us to go-raved about it-said the kids LOVED it) and of course she was dressed appropriately for church…i had made me change from a short shirt to a little longer one and a shirt that didnt show cleavage…well good grief…some of the teen age girls there looked they should be standing on a street corner. i was appalled (and i am in no way a prude) and my daughter looked at me and said mom i could have worn what i had on and been fine here. well…not my kid in church! geeze. no wonder they kids love that church.

deidre_NC

September 2nd, 2010
9:21 am

*should have been ‘made her change’

@MJG and becky—how did the lunch go? and where did yall eat…i love to hear about food :)

abc

September 2nd, 2010
9:24 am

What do you think off Katy Perry and her videos?

I think her songs are nursery rhymes for retards, and she can’t sing. Other than her slutty persona as portrayed through other media, her appeal is a mystery.

Becky

September 2nd, 2010
9:26 am

Theresa..My post is lost in lala land, can you find it?

Peachy

September 2nd, 2010
10:19 am

Skinny jeans aren’t back because of katy perry. katy perry is wearing/singing about skinny jeans because they are back in style. and there is a difference between skinny jeans and tight jeans. tight jeans are just that, tight. skinny jeans is a specific cut. yes, they are a little tight but they don’t have a flare or boot cut that was popular in previous years…so yes, mom can wear skinny jeans but not tight jeans. And YES leggings (black, navy or denim) are super comfy, but please wear a long shirt or tunic with them…no one needs to see your butt cheeks!

JATL

September 2nd, 2010
10:23 am

“Skinny Jeans” and leggings have been “back” for at least 3 years. As with most teen fads, if you’re NOT a teenager or in your early 20s and in shape, you need to be very careful about wearing clothes pushed by a young, hard-bodied music star! Give yourself a good, CRITICAL look in the mirror when you’re trying on this stuff. I’m not saying there aren’t 30s and 40s and beyond who wouldn’t look fantastic in skinny jeans or skin-tight jeans, but at least be honest with yourself.

Kate

September 2nd, 2010
10:25 am

My kids like the “California Gurls” song, too, but they are too young to be “into” Katy Perry and they don’t care anything about watching videos. I will say, and I know I sound like a prude here, there is A LOT of inappropriate stuff on both radio and TV. Every time we’re all in the car together I’m constantly flipping through the stations because a song with racy lyrics comes on. They may not know what the words mean, but I do! If my TV is on, it has to be on a kid channel. Network TV is out. Even if the show your watching is OK, you can be sure you’ll see at least one Viagra commercial before it’s over. I guess there is such a thing sheltering your kids too much, but I really don’t think there’s any reason my 8 year old needs to know what “erectile dysfunction” is.

As for the skinny jeans, after having 3 large babies, they will not be coming back to my closest. EVER. At least “mom jeans” aren’t back in style. Those don’t look good anybody.

DB

September 2nd, 2010
10:29 am

Whenever I think of skin-tight jeans, I have this mental image of Olivia Newton-John in the final dance number of “Grease”, wearing those tight-fitting black pants.

Let’s just say that this fad, as many other fashion fads, will pass me by. These legs were not built for skin-tight jeans!

I do think it’s sad, though, that so many girls cannot see themselves in a mirror, or get so hung up on the size of a garment that they will STUFF themselves in a smaller size. I remember in high school, when my daughter thought she was fat because she wore a size 6, because some of her anorexic friends wore 0’s and 2’s, and made it clear that anyone over a 4 had a weight problem. (I would love to see these same girls 20 years from now, but I digress . . .) As I told my daughter and a couple of her friends — NOTHING makes you look fatter than clothes that are too small for you! A well-fitting size larger size is far preferable to a smaller that unforgivingly outlines every single little curve.

What do you think of Katy Perry?

She’s the flavour du jour. Here today, gone tomorrow. She better enjoy her 15 minutes of fame.

Warrior Woman

September 2nd, 2010
10:56 am

Skinny jeans have been “in” for teen girls for several years now. I don’t particularly care for the trend, but you can’t blame it on Katy Perry.

As for Katy Perry, she’s a talentless sleaze who hopefully will quickly move off the national stage.

Photius

September 2nd, 2010
10:57 am

What do you think of Katy Perry?

She’s fun pop music! Music comes in all different forms – some light and silly, and some like Beethoven’s 9th Ode to Joy are thick and deep. It’s music – if it blows your hair back, knock yourself out! I think she’s cute and has made a couple of good hits!

YUKI

September 2nd, 2010
11:17 am

Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think people are running to the store to buy tight jeans just because Katy Perry said it in her song. If they are, that’s just sad.
I think skinny jeans look kind of silly, especially on boys. I prefer nice or lose fitting on a guy, again that is just me.

And, I think Katy Perry has a couple of cute songs. Beyond that, I really don’t think about it. I’ve never seen any of her videos because I would not even know where to go to see a video. Certainly not on MTV??

A

September 2nd, 2010
11:37 am

Who is Katy Perry (seriously) and why should we care?

Bikerchick

September 2nd, 2010
11:44 am

The “skinny jean” trend started in our home over a year ago with, believe it not, our middle child, a boy. The skinny jean trend started with “skaters”, as in skateboarders and it was picked up by celebrities and marketers. My stepson started wearing his sister’s jeans to school and begged for skinny jeans for Christmas last year. That’s all he and his sister wear now and it has become a “uniform” for all of their friends as well.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

September 2nd, 2010
11:54 am

“The funny thing is I think she is a really smart woman”

How ironic that a singer songwriter who capitalizes on her sexuality could actually be smart too…OR…that a woman this smart wouldn’t use her intelligence to make the world a better place…like have a bunch of kids and volunteer for the PTO, or write an electronic blog for a fairly run of the mill newspaper publication.

Is this the same philosophy that women take when they make every attempt to shoot down EVERY woman who is sexier than them?

Do you also secretly think, “did you see that Charlize Theron ja’dor [sp] commercial where she is stripping down as she walks through a foyer? Funny thing is that I think she’s pretty smart and a good actress IN SPITE of the fact that she would do a commercial like that!”

And you do realize that the lyric was “you make me feel LIKE I’m living a teenage dream”. Hmmmm, maybe LIKE how Taylor Swift broaches the subject about her friend that gave it up to the cute boy and had her heart broke in that “when your 16″ song. But Taylor Swift has gotten high praise here as a wholesome role model for kids…..all because she sings about the pitfalls of sexuality instead of admitting those late night romps in the back seat when you were 17 were actually *GASP* pretty fun.

I’m not a huge Katy Perry music fan, but I think she’s pretty funny nonetheless….anyone who could marry Russel Brand has got to have a good sense of humor!

And this whole topic of Katy Perry’s bad influence on teens just reeks of women on women jealousy and sniping.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

September 2nd, 2010
12:05 pm

Saying that video is “borderline pornographic” is evidence that the author has never seen porn! Go watch 5 minutes of “In Diana Jones and the Temple of Poon” and tell me a Katy Perry video is borderline porn ;-)

JATL

September 2nd, 2010
12:08 pm

@Tiger -I think the smartest women, just like the smartest men, use ALL of their assets -physical and mental! I, too, am SO sick of the post-feminist backlash of, “You can’t be smart AND sexy AND flaunt it!” BS! Madonna didn’t get where she is today because she’s stupid.

SRH

September 2nd, 2010
12:08 pm

You don’t have to be skinny to wear skinny jeans. As a poster indicated, this is just the style. I have seen Queen Latifah in skinny jeans, as well as some other fuller figured gals. They are not just made for the super thin set. That key would be to have a looser shirt on top. They actualy can look good when worn correctly, but even though I am pretty small, I could never wear these types of pants as my calves were too muscular – I hated that all through childhood with the gogo boots and continue mourning the fact that the new boot styles for fall are all boots I could never wear! I have finally made peace with that after 40 years sort of! If I could wear them I would – even at 40 – but I would opt for the style that Stacey wears on WNTW, not the kids style.

SRH

September 2nd, 2010
12:23 pm

Also, I think some of us forget the types of videos we grew up with, whether it be Madonna, all those hair band videos with half-dressed women and the suggestive R&B (Sexual Healing)! Most of those lyrics and actions did not affect us adversely, so I think we make more of this than we should. Theresa, I am sure you dressed a little wild doing some rebellious stage no? I had the big hair, the studded belt, and the short leather mini – and I actually went on to get an MBA and run a successful business! So there is hope for Katy Perry fans

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

September 2nd, 2010
12:27 pm

@SRH…good point….every one remembers the “like a virgin” video right? If she were ONLY singing about losing her virginity, that would have been scandalous enough! The movie “Resevoir Dogs” had a great theory as to what that song was REALLY about.

motherjanegoose

September 2nd, 2010
12:52 pm

@deidre…we had FUN. The restaurant we had planned to eat at was not open for lunch, so we had to go across the street to Olive Garden. We were on a time schedule and I called Becky and just told her to order for me. The lunch was not so much about the food, for sure. It was about meeting and enjoying each other’s company…mission accomplished. Perhaps Becky will check back in and let you know if she enjoyed it too…maybe she tried to mention it in her missing post…maybe not.

We will see if she gets back on to chime in!

DB, my daughter is a size 6 and she too sometimes thinks she is overweight. HELLO? I was a size 10/12 in HS and thought I looked fine. She is a healthy girl and comes from our family with big bones. My son is 6 foot 3 inches and wears a size 13 shoe. BUT MY wrist is bigger than his. Wrists are not known to be fat…so YES I have inherited big bones…can’t really put your bones on a diet…can you? I have not found many with a wrist bigger than mine.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

September 2nd, 2010
12:54 pm

From SRH….”Theresa, I am sure you dressed a little wild doing some rebellious stage no?”

No offense, but I just can’t believe that. TWG jsut strikes me as the consumate good girl….practical, pragmatic, always doing the right thing because of the consequences. I’m thinking she may have skipped studying once or twice in her early youth, suffered through the shame and indignation of those decisions resulting in a couple B minuses…maybe even a C, and she shaped up and learned her lesson to always do the right thing. And to her credit, I imagine she had the will and fortitude to not give in to those weaknesses again.

SRH

September 2nd, 2010
1:03 pm

@Tiger – I agree with all of your points. This blog does a pretty good job of cutting down women who don’t look like “typical moms” The article on Victoria’s Secret not selling “mom” underwear was a good one. Not all moms fit that stereotype and there are a lot of healthy, sexy moms out there (sans surgery) who look great, even after kids. On the plus size, I would question any man or woman who didn’t think that the size 14 Cache model wasn’t beautiful (the ad that drew some many complaints) or that Christine Hendricks on Mad Men wasn’t a beautiful, fuller-figured woman. I don’t think any smart, well-adjusted girl wants to looks like a size 0 model, but they probably also don’t want to go on to wear mom jeans and oversized college t-shirts with slip-on sneakers. Katy dresses okay for a young pop star.

Jesse's Girl

September 2nd, 2010
1:04 pm

Oh sweet chicken….such a HUGE peeve of mine. A woman should dress classy..whether it be casual or dressy. Too many women running around trying to look like Pam Anderson or Katy Perry when they really look more like Maude. And screw the muffin top….most women..if they have had a child, have one. But you learn to suck that stuff in. I’m talking more about the women who have the whole bakery falling out of their pants. Not pretty. And please…for the love of everything HOLY….DO NOT DRESS LIKE YOUR DAUGHTER!!!!!!!!! I do not care to see your tattoo playing peek a boo with me everytime you move…..I do not care to see your flabby-cellulite-ridden upper thighs because you thought the booty shorts looked cute and you and your 13 year old got a “deal” at Abercrombie….and I certainly shouldn’t have to see you in a bikini if you honestly have no buisness wearing one. Rant…done.

DB

September 2nd, 2010
1:24 pm

@JG: “the whole bakery falling out of their pants” — BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

penguinmom

September 2nd, 2010
1:40 pm

I’ve seen skinny jeans around for at least a couple of years. I kinda dislike them on boys though especially since they don’t wear them with a loose top covering them like girls often do.

I really wish we could get rid of the baggy jeans style though. While it can be amusing to see someone walking alongside of the road trying to hold up their pants, I get tired of seeing 90% of a boy’s underwear hanging out over the top of their pants.

JJ

September 2nd, 2010
1:51 pm

Skinny jeans on boys remind me of “beatnicks” of the 60’s.

ATL06

September 2nd, 2010
1:53 pm

@SRH you can purchase the boots and bring them to a shoe repair shop and have them altered they will cut it and put elastic at the top of the boot. They can also alter them if your calves are too small by taking them in.