Today I bought a pair of jeans.
They were $6.50, and they are wonderful.
Not fitting me perfectly though, I can enjoy them in spite of this, as when I wear them, I feel free. By this I mean that I do not feel like I am trying to adhere to any sort of style identity other than that of myself.
In the dressing room though, I was struggling to decide whether or not to purchase this pair of jeans. I had three pairs with me, and was feeling conflicted. Three pairs, all completely different.
This called for a serious evaluation. Here we go...
Pair #1: Fit me like a glove— a tight glove, but a glove none the less. It had rips in it, which I do like, as they create visual interest on the jeans. They were similar to the jeans I have now and love, but the jean weight was thinner.
Pair #2: Fit me well. I had some freedom to move, which was nice. The back pockets had adorable detail that I appreciated, but the front was very plain. The bottom hem was thick, but the jean weight was also thinner than what I was looking for. No rips, but maybe this was good. I will look more responsible this way, and let's be honest, it is more practical.
Pair #3: Fit me just like my favorites! They were slightly baggy, but this is just how I like them. They had some detail on the knee of slight ripping, but no holes. This is good— it's a halfway point between the wild, care-free rips on #1 and the structured practicality of #2. The jean weight is awesome.
Now a decision must be made. Which do I purchase? I want to get a pair that I will wear, one that I will WANT to wear. So I need to evaluate the options here. What is it that I like, why do I always throw on my favorites?
I feel good in them. I love thick jean material, as it feels more durable and as though it will be more functional than the fashion jeans with lycra. So, I like a solid pair of durable jeans. Will I purchase #3 then? But they look a little baggy. People will think they are baggy. Will people think it is strange that I wear baggy jeans?
Wait a moment here...!
DOES IT MATTER WHAT THEY THINK?
Oh. Good question. No, it actually doesn't! "They" are not wearing my jeans. I am wearing my jeans. I like pair #3, and I will therefore wear pair #3. Pair #3 felt like home. Is that silly? Maybe, but it's true; I like how I felt in those jeans, and although the Industry standard might be to wear tight fitting jeans, it does not mean that I have to.
Sorry Louis, it's a different century. There is not an aristocracy anymore. Anna, did you get that? If so, please let Vogue know.