Coming out of Walmart around three o’clock yesterday afternoon, a young man with his family was sighted. He had an attractive wife and two adorable little girls. The young woman and children, although they looked nice, were quite unremarkable. The young man was sighted as a true fashion risk.
Clothing comes in different sizes for a reason. And that reason is very simple – so that it will fit properly. Some people even go a step further and have their clothing tailored for a near-perfect fit. Pants, for both men and women, are available in different lengths, ranging from petite to tall for women and from approximately28” inseams to 36” inseams for men. Fashions for both men and women also come in sizes. For women, they are usually 6 through 18 or so and plus sizes in the 14 ½ to 26 ½ range. For men, pants are usually purchased by waist size, ranging from perhaps 28” for a very small man to 46” for a heavyset man.
Well, this is all fine and good, but the fad, especially among young people, seems to be wearing loose jeans – as loose as possible – and somehow managing to keep them from falling down. The young man sighted in the Walmart parking lot was wearing a hart looking pair of denim jeans with red and gold embellishment. If they had fit him, they might have made a real fashion statement. But, unfortunately, the crotch of his pants fell to his knees and the legs bunched up on his shoes. Both his tee shirt and briefs were showing and, as he walked, I wondered what magical power made his jeans stay up. He was not wearing a belt or suspenders. I found it difficult to overcome the urge to go to him and say, “Pull up your pants.” Maybe I’ve just been a mother too long.
Of all the fashion fads, the super baggy jeans are one of the least attractive and also one of the least safe. They are not appealing in any sense of the word and can hardly be comfortable. The bottoms are invariably worn and frayed long before the jeans look worn because they drag on the ground while being worn. Any figure that a person might have is so concealed as to be unnoticed.
Hopefully this fad will pass and be replaced by relaxed or classic fit jeans soon. In the meantime, please be careful and, if you need to hike up your pants, please do so. Most of us really don’t want to see your briefs peeking through.
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