As I have alluded to before I am not so keen on jeans. I find jeans to be the ultimate casual wear, you just cant go any lower than jeans. (Well actually there are sweatpants and leggings) Yes I know these are modern times and jeans are everywhere and have become big business in fashion. Whenever we go to market in New York to do the buying for the store I am utterly shocked at the amount of denim lines on the out there as well as the fact that most of these lines are exclusively denim! These people reinvent the wheel in different colors and styles every season.
I know I am very much in the minority here, and that 99.9% of americans love jeans and wear them on a regular basis. I however hate them, have always hated them and will continue to hate them. Jeans are just so easy (many peoples argument in favor of) they require little imagination and to me give this air of "I dont give a s*%&"
I cant think of which is worse in my book, the fact that it has become appropriate for men to wear jeans to work or that women practically live in jeans these days. Lets take point one, I recently posted this article demonstrating how denim has weaseled its way into the workplace. I remember in high school that 90% of my teachers wore jeans to school. Seriously? You are at work, how do you wear jeans to work when you are a teacher. You are supposed to be asserting yourself to a bunch of pimple faced brats, this requires at very least proper pants, may I dare suggest even a tie? (Bow Tie?... No? ok I just had to try) Well I guess thats what you get for liberal california public school. It was a breath of fresh air to go off to a proper New England University where the men wore sport coats and trousers, with the occasional bean boat on a cold day. Have I made my point? Great, let me contiune.
As for ladies jeans are just lazy. I'm not saying they are totally inappropriate as I do own 2 pairs myself (and only 2 it will remain) one pair is the J.Crew matchstick jean which are reserved EXCLUSIVELY to be worn with my favorite Steve Madden riding boots. None of this skinny jeans will ballet flats, yuck. As well might I point out that they are called SKINNY jeans for a reason and that you must be skinny to wear them. I cannot tell you how many women I have seen squeeze there rather large behinds into these ill fitting "skinny" jeans which dont even cover their entire bum, resulting in the the sausage casing look... cute.
Lest I not mention guys who wear skinny jeans... the horror.
The other pair is the J.Crew Bootcut jean which I wear on my more causal days and only in the winter with a cashmere sweater. There are far too many fun outfits for the summer to waste them on jeans. Then sometimes when I am with my less preppy friendly crowds I will wear jeans out to a bar with a fun top or blazer (again only in the winter). Now don't get me wrong I am not saying jeans are a total no, no I just think that our society has become too reliant on jeans and too accepting, even encouraging of causal dress in the workplace.
Not only am I a huge fan of the hit show mad men but I think it might have a good effect on society, given its wonderful 1950's style wardrobes. Just think, would betty ever be caught dead wearing jeans, I think not. Don, jeans at the office? Please he wouldn't dare. Hoepfully this dress code will stay in effect at Sterling, Cooper, Draper & Pryce.
So my alternative to jeans has always been corduroy. It comes in an amazing assortment of colors and gages of wale and in the right cut is quite flattering. My preference has been to the J. Crew favorite fit style (the only "favorite" fit J.Crew pant which is a favorite of mine) Above I have pictured my three pairs in a cranberry color, hunter green and aubergine. Then I have a pair of hot pink Molly B. These are all fun and look great on and pull an outfit together while still looking like I give a damn. However, J. Crew is now making my life that much harder by not offering the favorite fit cords this season. Which I am dying for in this rosy pink color
The alternative being the bootcut cord which features too much stretch so that by the end of the day you have that saggy butt effect, that is just too cute. So back to the drawing board it is.