The focus is back on fashion maladies after an Australian model was hospitalised when she lost sensation in her legs due to squatting in a pair of skintight trousers. Doctors have claimed that the trousers were so tight that they cut off circulation to her feet. The report about the model appeared on the front page of Hindustan Times on Wednesday. According to the report published originally by the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, the model was able to walk only after four days of treatment.
However, no direct connection between compartment syndrome and the wearing of skinny jeans can be traced from such meagre evidence, and is therefore, not enough to do away with a treasured pair of skinnies just yet.
Though this has raised questions on how far we stretch ourselves to keep up with fashion trends to make a style statement, whoever said comfort was style and vice versa probably did not know what they were talking about. We find out what the tricity youngsters have to say about this.
Youngsters in the tricity, it seems, give two hoots about the report as their love for the ubiquitous garment stays intact. They are of the view that skinny jeans have conquered one and all, and cannot be done away with. Amandeep Kaur (22), a law student says, “Once you start wearing skinny jeans, you can’t do without them because the more you wear them the more they become a part of your fashion sensibility. I find that they stretch well and are suitable for all body types.” From low-waisted to the highwaisted, ripped and torn or embellished and leather-panelled, the variety of the garment is endless. And yet, it does nothing to dent its popularity because it is a must-have in every fashionable person’s wardrobe.
Manreet Mavi (21), a BSc (biology) student from SD College, says, “They have become the first choice for boys and girls, men and women,” adding, “It is very hard to see us going back to wider jeans. Everyone wears them these days and wears them differently. I tried formal trousers once, but I ended up being the butt of jokes among my friends.” Even after they first entered the fashion scene almost a decade ago, why are they still going strong? To this question, Priya Saini (22), a post-graduate student from Panjab University, says, “Skinny jeans are convenient for the youth because they last long and you need not wash them frequently and to top it all, they can be teamed up with all kinds of T-shirts, tops and shirts.”
She says she has a passion for denim and wears these jeans 99 per cent of the time and has over a dozen pairs.
Utkanksha Rampal (21), a BA (economics) student of MCM DAV College, has a different take on it. She says “Skinny jeans were symbolic of a rebellion for the fashion-conscious non-conformists in the ‘70s and have become a part of the current culture only now.”
On being asked whether this report would affect their popularity in any way, both Satwinder Kaur and Rita Saini, post-graduate students from PU, say, “Skinny jeans are the perfect choice. They fit the body impeccably and look very flattering. We love wearing them to classes as they make us look trendy.”
Fashion hazard or not, they say everything is fair in love and war. Oops, fashion!