Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Trying to Update
Has anyone bought men's jeans lately? I tried buying Ryan some for his birthday. I had bought him something at the Apple store and decided to just try to be as quick as possible (because of the accompanying trio), and so I went in to the next store - Abercrombie and Fitch. First of all, can you still shop at A&F when you're in your 30s? I'm not sure. I would have hesitated for that reason, but I was in a hurry. So I explained to the salesman what I was looking for, he made some suggestions. Of course the first pair I looked at looked like they'd been worn by a fat sweaty man for 15 years and I knew Ryan would wonder why I had stolen someone else's nasty old pants. The next pair was ok, but it was $79. I knew exactly what Ryan would say: "79 dollars?" So I left and thought I'd try the next place.
Which happened to be Diesel. Ok, bad idea already since I know Diesel is expensive, but I love their stuff. So this time the super chic salesman helps me and I explain that my husband hasn't bought jeans in years, so his are all from the super baggy era and I'd like to modernize him a little. I'm not going for the kind that are so tight that they won't go over your butt so you wear them below, possibly with a chain attached hoping to grip at something in the chance that they start to fall down. Which they probably won't because you probably had to grease up to get them on in the first place. Not that trend (pictured, in case you don't know what I'm talking about). But I'm thinking I should go for a more fitted jean. Because let me tell you - men down here can dress. Granted, half of them are gay, but whatever, they always look good.
So he goes through his explanations and I find a pair I really like. He has to go over to someone else he was helping for a minute and I look at the price tag. Gulp. $209? Oh man, I can't spend that much on jeans. So I sort of motion to him that I'll be back. (Stupid, I know, since I know I am definitely not coming back.) He sort of gives me a what? And I sort of mouth that I have to go change a diaper or something. Seriously, stupid. Why am I finding excuses? Acting like I'm the one who should be embarrassed that his jeans are $209? When I know he's probably going to see me walk across the hall to the next store anyway?
Which happens to be Seven for All Mankind. Yeah, if you know your designer jeans, you're wondering why I'm even bothering to go in there. But I'd never been to one before. What's the big deal with their jeans? I had to check it out. This time at least I'm smart enough to ask what their price range is. $150 to $350, but I've already spotted a pair that look really cool. They're $200, but I'm almost debating it since I know Ryan will return whatever I get anyway, that way at least he can try on designer jeans. But I know he'll flip out, so I pass.
I finally decide I'm just getting something in the next store no matter what. I see a J Crew. I buy a pair that are called Vintage Slim. They were $100, but I don't care any more since my kids are starting to get cranky. Fast forward to his birthday when Ryan tries them on. They're ok. We decide he needs to try them with some shoes. HOLY COW. Guys with big feet apparently do not wear slimmer jeans. It just leaves so much foot. Waaay too much exposed shoe. I am not exaggerating when I say it looked like he had flippers on. He seriously looked like he was just trying to be a trendy snorkeler or something. We laughed so dang hard.
So is that it? Tall guys with really just proportional feel (he wears like an 11 or 12 and is 6'3", which I'm sure is pretty normal) just can't wear more fitted pants? Really, help. If we have to get jeans anyway, I'd like to try to go with fashion, but oh man, not duck feet fashion.
In other fashion news, can I just say I'm really hoping this little runway trend doesn't catch on?