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Skinny Jeans Can Permanently Injure You ... Products Liability?

The New York Daily News just ruined every hipster in America’s week. Apparently, skinny jeans can cause nerve damage to your legs. The theory is that the super tight jeans press inward on the outer thigh, where a lot of nerves are located. If the jeans are tight enough, and the pressure is sustained, the fashion statement could result in tingling, numbness, and burning pain.

The solution is pretty simple: just dress like us full-figured gals manly men do. Looser clothing, in addition to being more comfortable generally, will alleviate the condition in most people who are suffering from what should be known as skinny jeans syndrome. (The real term is meralgia paresthetica, but who’s going to remember that?)

Now that the problem has been identified, does this officially make skinny jeans an unreasonably dangerous product? And if so, would there eventually be a possibility of a credible lawsuit?

Much like the fabric straining to hold in our thighs, it’s a bit of a stretch. An argument could be made that skinny jeans are unreasonably dangerous. In addition to stopping traffic, if the jeans are getting to the point that they are cutting off feeling to customers’ legs, they are getting a little too skinny.

There’s also, obviously, a reasonable alternative design. In addition to hammer pants and the insanely huge-legged jeans of the late 90s (thug life!), there are, you know, pants that fit. Don’t forget the possibility of purple jeggings.

That’s where the whole lawsuit would come crumbling down. While jean-makers may be slightly at fault for creating increasingly tight jeans, the real fault lies with consumers who refuse to purchase jeans that fit.


We know … but is that size two really worth losing the feeling in your legs?

Also, in a comparative negligence state, such as New York, the fault of the jean shopper would be compared with the jean maker. The jean maker is only liable for whatever percentage of fault is theirs, which seems like it would be minimal.

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