No single person is credited for inventing slim-fit jeans, popularly known as skinny jeans. Its origins, however, can be traced back to the tight breeches worn by European men in the 1660s.
Wearing skinny jeans may also have originated from the Macaronis, a British youth fashion movement from the mid-18th century, according to Sarah Niblock, a visual culture professor at Brunel University in London. She further adds that their fashion sense was meant to be subversive, hence the tight-fitting clothes.
The clothing line Earl Jean first offered slim, straight-legged jeans in 2001, and in her 2002 autumn/winter collection, designer Stella McCartney introduced trousers tightened by cuffs, zips and stirrups.
Islamist groups shunned wearing skinny jeans in the early- to mid-2010s, deeming them immodest, overtly sexual or even a sign of homosexuality in men.