Commenter Promethea recently wrote of women’s fashion:
Thank goodness for blue jeans. If the right size, they look good on almost everybody.
Almost everybody? I agree that some women look absolutely fantastic in blue jeans, especially if young and fit. And models who look good in anything look really, really, really good in blue jeans.
But I think most women look bad in them, or at best mediocre.
Yes, I know I’ll get flak for saying that. It’s almost un-American, isn’t it? But I’ll stand my ground.
And blue jeans are bor-ing. Everybody wears them almost all the time, like Mao jackets in China during the Cultural Revolution. I am heartily sick of them. What’s more, they’re not especially comfortable, either, especially tight ones. Everybody says they are, but I don’t see it.
Take a look at the photos here on how to choose the correct pair of jeans. The complexity of the decisions involved re pocket placement, pants leg width and shape, darkness of wash, stitching, feathering vs. fading, and more, sound so daunting that it’s no surprise that so many people just wear their favorite old jeans till they disintegrate.
Although I studied all the photos at that site and read which jeans are supposed to be undeniably superior to the other jeans on the same women in the side-by-side pictures, most of the time the difference was not all that apparent to me.
Here’s a single example. Which pair of jeans do you think is supposed to be best? Well, I know you know, because the caption above the photos tell you—but seriously, do you think the pair on the right is so very much more flattering than the pair on the left? I think vice versa:
And that’s a person who looks relatively good in both jeans, although she’s certainly no fashion model. Here is a more typical sight; and believe me, I’m not trying to make fun of these women. They’re more or less normal-looking, and would look a lot better in the right pants:
In case you wonder—yes, I’ve got some jeans. They’re dark, and wide-legged, and they look pretty much like this, only without the contrasting stitching:
In other words, they look pretty much like slacks. And that’s why I like them.