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November 10, 2005

Denim dilemma

...and a side of existential angst. , Feminist , I want to know!

So, as I mentioned yesterday, my so-called "skinny jeans" are more or less fitting again. (They're still a bit tight, but wearable, so it counts.) I have four pairs of these jeans and I lovelovelove them. Therefore, of course, L.L. Bean has stopped making them. I need to diversify at some point, especially now that I am getting back toward a size at which I am willing to buy clothes. So I have been looking at pants on the L.L. Bean site, because, why yes, I am slightly obsessed with that particular brand. But hey, they're high quality and they fit.

And most of my other pants, now that I am starting to fit into them again, are things that I no longer actually like. I have determined that the correct fit for me is, as defined by dear L.L., "Fit: Sit below waist; slightly fitted through hips and thighs; boot-cut legs." So I think that, in the relatively near future, I will have to get myself a pair of these or maybe these, and probably one of these. (Yes, those last ones have straight legs, but I think that's a risk I'm willing to take in order to see the look on my brother's face when he sees me wearing cargo pants.)

And then I saw these.

Now, there are two main problems that I have with the so-called Boyfriend Jeans:
1. I am generally against the idea of paying someone extra to make my clothing look worn out. It seems a very elitest practice.
2. "Boyfriend Jeans"? What? Who borrows jeans from boyfriends? "Boyfriend sweater," I could see. But jeans? Huh? And besides, why can't these be worn out old jeans of my very own? What's with the implication that I need a boyfriend? (Would you date a man who wore jeans like that?)

These are both very good reasons. But. For some reason, I want them. Really. I have looked at them at least three times today. I am ashamed. So... what to do? Do I hold their name and inherent elitism against them, or do I add them to my Christmas list?

Posted by Kat at November 10, 2005 04:18 PM

Dumb name for jeans. Given the general differences in men's & women's physiques, it's nearly impossible to wear one's boyfriend's jeans. And if he's been running around the house in mine, I'm going to be concerned.

Posted by: erica at November 10, 2005 06:27 PM

Yeah, I have to agree with the dumb name. Does calling them Boyfriend make them more appealing? Will they help you get a boyfriend? Will your boyfriend have a desire to rip them off of you every time you wear them? Will other girls be jealous when they see their boyfriends looking at you wearing them? :-p

Have you seen the Old Navy ads for "boy cut" jeans? I'm trying to figure those out. Vincent asked me how they were "boy cut." Well, honey I don't know, but if they're cut anything like the jeans YOU wear, I won't be caught within a mile of them!

Posted by: Courtney at November 11, 2005 09:52 AM

P.S. I LOVE the other pants you're looking at too. I've banned myself from buying more clothes (I'll tell you why sometime), otherwise I'd be right there with you!

Posted by: Courtney at November 11, 2005 09:53 AM

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