As Cheryl Cole steps out in eye-wateringly- tight jeans, just how DO you wear super-skinnies?

Have we finally found the explanation for Cheryl Cole's propensity for weeping on The X Factor?

For me, just looking at the dip-dye jeans she poured herself into at the weekend brings a tear to the eye. These aren't skinny jeans, they're positively spray-on.

Even more worryingly, they up the ante once more in the celebrity skinny jean race.

Cheryl Cole leaving the X Factor studios after rehearsals last week
Victoria Beckham
Kate Moss pops into Longchamp

The skinny on super-tight denim: Cheryl Cole in her eye-wateringly-tight degradé jeans; Victoria Beckham in bleached denim with Lycra inserts; Kate Moss in her failsafe black skinnies yesterday

While most of us favour comfy clothes when in transit, Victoria Beckham is regularly papped in airports wearing jeans so tight they could be DVT compression socks.

She's setting a terrible example: for the rest of us, who don't have legs like toothpicks, skinnies make us look like we're walking on two overstuffed sausages.

Cheryl's only saving grace in her spray-ons is that she looks like her pins may one day give way under the weight of her hair extensions, which is presumably the intended effect.

And it gets worse. While the rest of the nation prepares for Christmas by wondering if we could have an elasticated waistband sewn into our trousers, designers have worked out a way to make skinnies even more constricting.

By putting ankle-zips on them, they've removed the last remaining barrier to super-slimness: those bulky, bony feet of ours.



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