Holey Jeans!

Is it me, or is it flat-out nuts to pay good money for a pair of ripped jeans? I know that this is back in fashion again, but I can’t understand the appeal.

When I was growing up, there was a guy in town who called himself a *beatnik. His name was Ralphie, and for a dollar he would “break in” your new and stiff jeans for you. If he could fit into them, he rolled around in the mud, slid down rocks, and so on to soften up the jeans.

But today you can buy jeans that are “pre-weathered.” It wouldn’t be so bad if you could buy them for $5, but they go anywhere from $24 to $300 a pair. I don’t get it. Seriously, this is a fashion statement I personally could live without.

Even my six-year old granddaughter doesn’t get it. Her mom came downstairs in a pair of jeans with one 2″ rip in the knee, and she shouted to her grandmother to sew it up. This, coming from a kid who always turns up the bottoms of her leggings, wears a different sock on each foot and sports two headbands. Now that’s a look I can appreciate for both style and originality.

But expensive ripped jeans? Have we really come to this? In college we used to bleach our jeans in Chlorox, embroider flowers and peace signs on them, and sometimes rip out the knees.

Ah well, I guess it’s just another sign of the times….in my day, it was bleach and embroidery for jeans. Now, it’s expensive designer “distressed” jeans. (The price alone distresses me!)

Yup, like the old song says, ‘everything old is new again.’ What’s next, I wonder—wearing our underwear on the outside of our clothes?

*Beatnik was a media stereotype prevalent throughout the 1950s to mid-1960s that displayed the more superficial aspects of the Beat Generation literary movement of the 1950s.

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