Skinny Jeans Are Canceled
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Skinny Jeans Are Canceled refers to an influx of videos on TikTok claiming that participating in certain fashion trends, primarily wearing skinny jeans and styling your hair with a side part, makes you old. As the beliefs spread across social media platforms, users who follow these trends began making posts combating them and supporting others who choose to follow said trends making it a frequent topic of online discussion.
It's unknown who first made the claim that "skinny jeans are for old people," but the belief appears to have spread slowly on TikTok starting in 2020 as users began posting videos to the platform showing them "growing out" of skinny jeans. In some of these examples, people claimed they stopped wearing them in relation to quarantine in favor of more comfortable pants (shown below, left and right).
On July 13th, 2020, TikTok user @meanhails uploaded a video claiming the platform has made her insecure about wearing skinny jeans, garnering over 170,000 views in seven months. This video supplies evidence that the belief started prior to this date, though it may not have been as widely known (shown below).
On August 27th, 2020, TikTok user @momohkd uploaded a bait-and-switch video to their profile where she makes it appear as if she's going to give fashion advice for wearing skinny jeans. Instead, she destroys the skinny jeans in various ways (shown below). The video gained over 417,000 views in six months and is considered one of the primary videos in sparking the more aggressive belief on the platform that skinny jeans are for old people.
On September 11th, 2020, Nicolette Baker published an article to Arrow claiming skinny jeans are canceled. On December 18th, @akrutiviras uploaded a skit referencing skinny jeans falling out of fashion, garnering over 76,000 views in a month (shown below).
Throughout January and February 2021, TikTok users began posting videos mocking beliefs that certain fashion trends are dying under the hashtag #skinnyjeans. On February 1st, for example, both @leakoob and @takingmylifebackat42 posted videos to their TikToks refusing to get rid of their "old" fashion styles, receiving over 1 million views each in a week (shown below, left and right).
In early February, users began posting videos embracing their "outdated" fashion trends using the hashtag #oldtok (examples shown below).
The belief and posts related to it have since spread outside of TikTok to social media in general, including Instagram and Twitter (shown below).
On February 9th, 2021, Yahoo Lifestyle reported on skinny jeans going out of style on TikTok, and on February 10th, Google Trends posted a report to Twitter showing a 700 percent increase in the search term "why are skinny jeans cancelled" as well as the terms "middle part" and "side part" (shown below).
 TikTok – I fully convinced myself that the guy I went on a date w in January ghosted me bc I wore skinny jeans
 TikTok – Skinny jeans just aren’t for me but to each their own.
 TikTok – happy that I left the skinny jeans club 2018
 TikTok – left skinny jeans in pre corona
 Twitter – Google Trends
 TikTok – Lol RIP skinny jeans. Baggy jeans
 TikTok – Where are my zillenials at?
 TikTok – #millenials
 Yahoo Lifestyle – Skinny jeans are canceled, Gen-Z says. But is the skintight trend really dead?
 Arrow – Skinny jeans are cancelled
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