No, Skinny Jeans and High Heels Won’t Kill You

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The past few days have put skinny jeans in the fire after it was claimed they can be devastating to your health and even kill you. But that is not likely.

A British medical journal said a woman suffered muscle damage and nerve blockages after crouching it skinny jeans. Other researchers said women should not run in high heels, notes The New York Times.

Sure, all of this sounds scary. But how many women around the world wear skinny jeans and have been doing it for years? Probably millions. So these isolated incidents are even lower than the statistical factor.

According to Vanessa Friedman, the Times’s fashion director, there is no point of worring. The reason, Firedman says, that this news has gotten so much attention is sismple – viral stories.

It’s no secret that some of the most viral stories are the most extreme or ridiculous, and fashion, perhaps more than most industries, is a world with extremes. It’s also a world that is accessible to most readers, or users — unlike, say, microbiology — so those extremes have more resonance than extremes of other industries. Ninety-nine percent of us, after all, probably wear jeans of one form or another. But it’s also worth remembering that between the poles is a very large percentage of garments and accessories that is neither damaging nor dangerous,” Ms. Friedman says.

She notes that the research is rather bleak. It doesn’t specify the brand or even the material of the skinny jeans that caused health problems to the woman. “Not all skinny jeans are created equal, and it would be alarmism to jump to the conclusion that one pair of skinny jeans created health issues, ergo all skinny jeans are bad. I think the takeaway is skinny jeans are one thing, jeans that actually inhibit movement something else”, Friedmans notes.

She also notes that the idea that fashion is always linked to discomfort is wrong. I don’t think it should be, and I don’t think it has to be. Fashion, when it’s doing its job, makes your life better, not worse. Of course, sometimes it doesn’t do its job, but then it’s up to the consumer to tell it so”, she adds and says designers aren’t trying to create painful things. They are considering aesthetics but also function, and ultiamely, they follow the demand.

Friedman reminds everyone, that men don’t have it easy either. “It’s always struck me as odd in black-tie parties that women are walking around in tiny little dresses and men are walking around in three-piece suits. There’s a temperature discrepancy there. Someone is going to be too hot or too cold.And many men I know complain about feeling “trapped” in their suit — or even worse, their tie. It’s worth noting that when a male character in a movie is feeling particularly stressed, he inevitably loosens his tie and undoes the top button on his shirt so he can breathe. I wonder if anyone has ever done a study on that”, she asks. And it’s true. Ask your guy friends and they will tell you a tie and tight collar can be a real menace even during a normal meeting.

The point here is simple. Don’t go into the extreme ends of the scale. Sure, fitting clothes are nice. Many women and men feel move confident when their clothes shape their bodies. But there is a thing called too tight.

If your movements are limited, that’s too tight. And if you are wearing too tight for too long and to often, problems will arise. So keep it fitted, but not tight.

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