Love them or hate them, tight fitted, straight legged pants can cause a fashionable frenzied phenom rant!

Slim-fit pants (or skinny jeans when made of denim) have a snug fit through the legs and end in a small leg opening that can be anywhere from 9 inches to 20 inches depending on the size. In some styles, zippers are needed at the bottom of the leg to facilitate pulling them over the feet. Stretch denim, with anywhere from 2% to 4% spandex, may be used to have a super-slim fit.

A true skinny jean fits the above definition, but for the sake of this blog post, I am going to cover tight, straight-legged pants as a group.

Other names for slim-fit pants include drainpipes, stovepipes. tight pants, cigarette pants, pencil pants and skinny pants.


Slim-fit, straight legged pants look great in both high waisted and hip hugger cuts. A positive fashion note on straight legged pants is that the entire shoe is shown off, as the hem of the legs don’t cover the shoes. Therefore, whatever your shoe preference (flats, boots, stilettos, pumps, wedges), the shoe is on full display and highlights the straight legged pants to exquisite fashion style.

Skinny Jean Fashion Fact: In addition to denim, skinny jeans can be found in most all colors, and many times the pant material contains spandex, which makes the pants easier to take on and off, and allows the fabric to cling to the body. Many skinny jeans and straight legged pants have bottoms that actually hug the ankles.

Painted on pencil pants perfection!


Straight Legged Pants Fun Fact: Before the 18th century, European men wore breeches and hosen. In Tudor times, these breeches were loose fitting, but by the 1660s, tight breeches were fashionable. These were popularized by Frenchmen at the court of Louis XIII, as part of the three piece suit that also included a type of frock coat called a Justacorps, a tricorne hat, a powdered wig and a long waistcoat. During the Restoration era, the tighter breeches were introduced to England, and the rest of Europe, because the cut was deemed flattering to the leg.

Fashion hits and misses for guys and gals alike!


Skinny Jeans Not So Fun Fact: Some physicians believe that tight trousers may cause numbness due to compression of nerves. Also, a recent study by Korean doctors suggests that skinny jeans can cause Varicose veins!

Nobody ever claimed that fashion isn’t risky, so take risks wearing pants shaped as thin as pencil sticks, if you feel compelled to do so!

Strut your stuff in slim-fit, straight legged pants and put on a fabulous fashion show!


Since the 1950s, skinny jeans and tight legged pants have come in and out of style. In contrast to the bell-bottoms that were huge in the 1970s, many punk rockers and glam band artists continued to wear drainpipes and skinny jeans (think Poison, Motley Crue and Jon Bon Jovi in his skin-tight, snug leather pants and tight painted on jeans).

Cover your legs in tight, pencil pants  and create a fashion scream fit for a diva queen!

Create a fashion hit in straight legged, skinnies, pencil pants, and slim-fits!


Skinny Jean Fashion Tip: If you adore the look and feel of skinny jeans on your legs, yet you don’t want to show the pants that hug the hips, wear a long shirt or sweater that covers the hips, where the hem stops mid-thigh (much like worn over leggings). This will give a slimming effect to the hips, with the pant legs still clinging to the thighs, calves and ankles.

Straight legged pants are ideal for tucking into knee-high or thigh-high boots. Too much boot for you? Then an ankle boot will most surely do! Or heels and casual shoes can offset  a rocking pair of tight fitted pants. Your style, your glamour, your signature fashion feel! Keep it real!



In the 1980s, skin-tight acid wash jeans were popular, and a favorite of some heavy metal bands such as Anthrax, Megadeth, Metallica and Slayer.

Skinny Jeans Myth: The myth that skinny jeans can only be worn on skinny or slim people is just that, a myth. The term “skinny” refers to the cut of the pants, as the pants fit straight up and down. Stretch skinny jeans work well for expanding and fitting various body types.


Tight fitted, straight legged pants can be worn shopping, to the office, when attending a party or going out to eat. Daytime wear? Highlight your tight pants with a T-shirt or blouse and a pair of flat or low heeled shoes. A night on the town? Highlight your tight pants with a silk shirt, a velvet blazer, 5-inch stiletto heels and layers of jewelry. Same pants, different looks! All incredibly stylish!

Trendy, modern, chic. Dress in tight fitted, straight legged pants for an ensemble that is anything but bleak!

“Excuse me, I dropped my napkin. Can you pick it up for me?”

“I’d be happy to help but my hands are full, can’t you see?”

“I’d do it myself but at the moment it’s hard for me to bend.”

“Then perhaps you should wear more loose fitting pants?”

“But I’m a walking fashion trend.”

“Here, hold my bag, I’ll pick the napkin up is what I’ll do.”

“Thank you, kind sir. My tight fitted pants are much obliged to you.”

Whether you stand straight or whether you bend, when dressed in tight fitted, straight legged pants you’re a walking fashion 10!

Nancy Venice Beach

Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website, Twitter @, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano


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Nancy Mangano resides in Orange County, CA. She has blended her love of detective work and style in her novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy.
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