Hipster jeans gave us the ”muffin top” and five-centimetre fly, while the super-tube left unsuspecting women exposed to ”camel toe” and ”crack flash”.
Now, it’s medical – the latest trendy denims are a proven health hazard.
Devotees of the skinny jean may be unaware that cramming their bodies into tight denim can cause nasty damage to a sensory nerve under the hip bone, leaving the wearer with a tingling or burning sensation and numbness in the thigh.
The fashion affliction, which overseas has earned the nickname ”Calvin Klein syndrome”, is known in medical circles as Meralgia paraesthetica.
Queensland General Practice president John Kastrissios said the condition was common among women who regularly wore tight, hip-hugging jeans.
”If you wear something very tight, especially low-cut, the superficial sensory nerve of the upper thigh can get compressed,” Dr Kastrissios said.
Compression of the peripheral nerve, the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, could cause aching in the groin area and across the buttocks, he said.
”More common is the absence or impairment of feeling across the upper thigh, which can last up to six weeks,” Dr Kastrissios said.
The condition is usually not serious. In about 95 per cent of cases, symptoms will disappear without any need for medical treatment.
In rare instances, surgery may be required to decompress the nerve.
The condition was most common among slim women, whose sensory nerve was more superficial, but men were also affected, Dr Kastrissios said.
Worn by celebrity icons such as The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and supermodel Kate Moss, skinny jeans traditionally taper to the ankle.
High-waisted styles are also in fashion.
Paula Acheson, owner of Paddington’s Petrol Boutique, said skinny jeans would continue to be women’s preferred denims, no matter the consequences.
”We would sell 10 pairs of skinny jeans to one wide-legged pair,” Ms Acheson said.
”They are definitely our highest selling item.”
University student Cassandra Peszko, 18, owns eight pairs of skinny jeans and was surprised to hear about the potential health risk.
”They are a staple item in my wardrobe,” Ms Peszko said.
”It could only be a matter of time before I can’t feel my leg.”
However, Ms Peszko, who also works as a promotional model, said she would continue to wear her favourite skinnies ”to death”. Source “
Hey – beauty is pain, right? Why else would we wear 6 inch heels – not because they are comfortable! If you are wearing your jeans so tight that they compress a nerve, then they are maybe a little too tight. But otherwise, long live skinnies.