Ask any girl what they've got hanging in their wardrobe and we can guarantee pretty well all of them will include skinny jeans in their outfit arsenal. Ever since the likes of Kate Moss, Alexa Chung and Sienna Miller started wearing them as It girl uniform back in the late '00s, they've been a mainstay in most women's clothing collections and are still one of the best selling jean styles today.
While other denim trends tend to come and go — flares, 'mom' and girlfriend jeans to name a few — it would seem like the skinny jean is for the long haul. However, it looks like we should all reconsider snapping up our next pair, as this story proves.
It all started as a 35-year-old woman spent the day packing up her belongings to move house in her native Australia. So far, everything's normal. We imagine her wearing her skinny jeans with a Breton top and Adidas kicks, mainly because that's the first thing we'd think of wearing to move home. After hours squatting to empty cupboards and the such like, when it came to the evening, she sat down for a well deserved break. However, it wasn't until she stopped that she realised that something wasn't right with her body...
Her feet were inexplicably numb, swollen and she found it increasingly tricky to walk. Before she knew it, the pain got so bad that she had to be taken to her nearest hospital where the duty staff proceeded to CUT HER OUT of her skinnies after her calves ballooned in size. Yikes.
Doctors believe the woman developed a condition called compartment syndrome, which was brought on by her super-skinny jeans. Just an FYI — compartment syndrome is a painful and potentially serious condition caused by bleeding or swelling within an enclosed bundle of muscles, and in this woman's case, the calves.
What's more, before she was found in her home, the condition caused the woman to lose control of her legs and fall leaving her unable to get up and having to spent several hours lying on the ground. Although her feet were warm and had enough blood supplying them, her muscles were weak and she had lost some feeling and, as the pressure had built in her lower legs, her muscles and nerves became damaged. As a result, she was put on a drip, but it still took her FOUR DAYS to be able to walk on her own.
And this ain't no one-off fashion incident either — other medics have reported a number of cases where patients have developed tingly, numb thighs from wearing skinny jeans, although (at the risk of fearmongering) the chance of it happening is still slim for most people. None the less, the case has resulted in skinny jeans being issued with an official health warning in the hopes that people will wear them discerningly.
This shocking story has definitely made us think twice about pulling on our skinnies. Pass us 'dem bootcuts, will you?