Why skinnies are an Alaska classic
Orvis suede blazer with GNW Luxe cashmere wool sweater, J Brand skinnies, Dior over-the-knee boots accessorized with silk scarf and statement necklace (all own)

Are skinnies in or out?

Lately there is a lot of discussion about skinnies having had their moment. Skinnies have their name because they are like a second skin. As teenagers we defined that a good pair of skinnies when coming out of the laundry should close only when laying flat on the bed. 😉

In Alaska, skinnies are a favorite among women. On first thought, this choice does not make much sense. As a matter of fact, skinnies have no insulating air layer between the body and the fabric which would be very helpful to stay warm at temperatures in the double negative digits. Moreover, it is impossible to wear long-johns underneath.

Alaskan woman in skinnies and trench coat
J brand skinnies with Burberry coat, Ray Ban sunglasses, Jaeger tote, fedora, Steve Madden camouflage pony hair booties, and LeatherCoatsEtc gloves (all own)

Wear flannel tights under skinnies for extra insulation

Now, why do Alaskan women wear skinnies? While long-johns don’t work, flannel-lined tights do work. Add a pair of wool socks and you are done with less hassle and gaps than with a pair of long-johns, two pair of socks with jeans combo. Plus skinnies allow wearing warm high boots.

Skinny jeans are perfect for over-the-knee boots

Keeping the feet warm is very important. The alternative is wearing boot-cut jeans as they go over the boots. However, boot-cut jeans may catch snow which melts when going inside, while the skinnies being in the boots don’t get into contact with the snow. Skin cut jeans look great with all kinds of boots.

Skinnies and over-the-knee boots are a fool-proof combination. #agelessstyle Click To Tweet

Skinnies look dressier than leggings

They look great when worn with a coat as is shown in the photo above and the next photo. They also look great when styled like leggings, but much dressier. On the contrary, they are even appropriate for Casual Friday.

mature woman in Lookbook Store blazer with skinnies
Apricot double-breasted layered coat c/o Lookbook Store paired with own J Brand skinny jeans, black mock neck top and nude Anne Klein slingbacks

Skinnies work well with thermal skirts

They also provide a sleek look when an insulating skirt is worn on top of them to protect the thighs when wearing a bulky down jacket. The advantage of wearing an insulating skirt and a down jacket over wearing a down coat is the lower weight on the shoulders.

Skinnies also look fabulous when worn with a kuspak, an Alaskan native dress made from cotton or as outerwear, made from fur on the inside and velvet with various decorations on the outside. I sew the kuspak parka in the photo below, but used faux fur. A dance friend offered me real wolf fur for the hood, but I declined his offer.

Since in Alaska, comfort and practicality are high priorities, the timeless skinnies are a classic at the Last Frontier.
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#Kuspak woman wearing a traditional Alaska kuspak
DIY kuspak parker with faux fur accents on the hood, sleeves, and skirt and quilted lining

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Photos: G. Kramm

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