It’s me. I get it. I’m shopping online for a top and see the pants looking like they’ve gone twenty rounds with a meat cleaver and my automatic impression is: no, thanks. It’s not the top. The top could be wonderful (it is probably effing wonderful!), but I am so focused on the ugliness of the shredded pants that I CAN’T see the top! (A bloody hell is perfectly inserted here.)
Have I gotten………old?
I have jeans with holes in the knees. I love these jeans. I’ve worn these jeans for ten years. But. BUT! I would never wear them anywhere other than my yard. Yeah, I could see me wearing them to the grocery. Swipe my nose. “Yeah, gimme a pack of marlboros.” (Do they still sell ciggies in groceries?) I’d be so tough. But my knees would be cold. (I hate being cold anymore. So, not so tough.)
Lately I’ve seen shredded sweaters and sweatshirts. I’m incredulous. Hey, let’s mix our shredded sweater with a pair of shredded jeans.
All I can think is that soon homeless people will be giving money to these queens of fashion. Gotta stop.
Please tell me what the statement is behind shredded jeans (pants). I’ve given it consideration. It just seems like a fashion statement for people who have too much money to spend.
Tell me true.
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I’m with you on this one.
This takes me back to memory lane…one of our guests wore torn jeans- my little one then 3 years told me to give them money in return gift so that they can buy new jeans. He thought they were poor and could not afford.
Aww. That’s so cute…and probably embarrassing.
What makes me laugh is the people I know, well I don’t know them that well, who wear ‘torn jeans’. They would never ever buy anything from a charity shop!
My mother taught me, well forced me, to learn to sew by patching my jeans. I once had a new pair and patched them (inside) before they could develop holes in the knees. My mother just shook her head – I was about ten at the time. Nevertheless it was a valuable lesson, as I now do all my own buttons, repairs, and even adjustments by hand – whereas my nieces take all their stuff to Granny.
I think learning how to thread a needle is a lost art.
But, yes, re: charity shops. Although the same people will go to “vintage” shops (essentially used clothing) because it has a cooler name. 🙂
Maybe this is a statement against the “establishment” which (I’m thinking) I might now be part of (yikes). When I was in college, I used to wear Army pants. Literally. Not a brand. I got them from the army/navy surplus store. Most comfortable pants I ever had (I’m thinking I should get another pair). My mom hated them. Couldn’t understand why I’d want to wear old military clothing (they usually came with bits of patching). But I had other friends who also wore them. I, who used to wear army pants and tube tops (which my mom also didn’t like) don’t understand the shredded clothing either, but maybe that’s the point. 🙂
You could be right. I don’t know.
I think army pants and cargo pants are comfortable.
I know I’m also not fond of the trend of wearing leggings as pants.
I love bohemian styles and mixed media. So, I’ll stick I don’t know other than I think torn clothes tend to look apathetic.
I so agree. I see young people wearing clothes that would appear to have come from a dumpster and they paid $100.00 or more to look like they are wearing rags. I know it’s the in thing, but I seriously dislike the look. The same for “chic” furniture that has been beaten to a pulp then touted as delightful whimsy. Really?
Huh. I’ve missed out on this chic furniture. (lucky me?) 🙂
lol yes indeed. Furniture sanded to show raw wood, beaten with chains and hammers to look old, then painted white and called Chic. Hmm I have an antique cherrywood buffet and hutch. I can’t IMAGINE smashing them up. I love they look old, but good old if that makes sense, lol
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In agreement. If they cost a song it’s fine with me but they don’t. Told my kids when they can buy their own undergarments they then can buy what they want.
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I love your rant. LOL! I had this same conversation during a lunch meet with friends. Some of us love the style while others could not stand it. I love distressed jeans that are still a bit modest like the first one. If four of the shredded parts on the second jeans are removed from the upper part of the second pair, I will definitely wear it. Gap is selling the first version for less than $50 now which I have my eyes on. I have seen a cheaper version at Forever21. My friend calls them rags and I could understand her point of view. As for me, I can’t really explain to you why I love them. I just do. Is it because those types of jeans could be viewed as rugged and I love rugged wears too?
It probably has something to do with my mother’s thoughts about how people should dress when they leave the house. Holes were to be patched or you would wear them around the house. 🙂
Thanks. I’m trying to convince myself to be more open-minded about the rips.
I’ve tried to participate in this trend, but it just doesn’t work for me. I think I understand the appeal of looking ultra-casual, but I tried to wear them out and like you, I also felt so cold! On my second wear, I sat down for a while and all the threads ripped leaving a gaping hole on my thigh and a gaping hole at my knee. Points to me for trying, I guess!
I do think they can look cute in the right circumstance. But I have to admit, I am too old to pull it off. Plus, yep, don’t appreciate the drafts in winter.