Jeans Are Uncomfortable

As a lifelong member of the “Jeans Are Awful” club, I couldn’t help but notice on social media the other day that Gen Z was cancelling skinny jeans. What a classic 2021 headline. Take a generation, add the word “cancelling”, pick a random item, and then watch the world run with it.

It’s Mad Libs for people who didn’t grow up with Mad Libs and probably think it’s short for, Mad Library.

I’m going to save brain cells and not further discuss an entire generation C-wording something. That’s my new term for “cancel/cancelling”. C-wording.

Let’s go back to jeans being awful.

I have always hated jeans. I’ve worn them a grand total of one (1) time in the last 8 years. I don’t even own a pair of jeans anymore. They are uncomfortable. They don’t feel good. They have tight pockets. They have rickety zippers. Shall I go on?

What is their redeeming quality?

Who am I trying to impress by wearing a pair of jeans? It sure isn’t myself.

Jeans aren’t for me. They are for other people.

Some of you are probably thinking, “Well what do you wear, if not jeans?” And that’s exactly my point! I’m not even going to answer the question. Why are jeans regarded as some kind of default option of clothing?

There are other pants out there that are suitable substitutes. Think of it as using butter for a recipe instead of oil.

If there was one positive from this global pandemic, it’s that people finally realized how comfortable they are in sweats, or pants that aren’t trying to cut off blood circulation.

Comfort over everything.

For years, there have been articles on the internet claiming that you should never wear sweatpants in public. Who is writing these articles? THAT is your gripe with society?

Oh, how silly they must feel now.

People aren’t flushing toilets after using a public washroom, let alone not washing their hands – but no, let’s go after people who wear sweatpants to the mall. They’re the real stain on society.

And I don’t really want to hear the whole “appearance matters” and “how you present yourself…” rebuttal. That doesn’t apply here. You are not going in for a job interview, or attending a professional endeavour.

You are weaving in and out of slow walkers and strollers, while sniffing out the food court. It’s not that serious.

Anyway, I didn’t expect this post to be me ranting about pants, but we’re here now.

If you like wearing jeans, that’s great. Keeping doing it. I look forward to reading your, “Jeans Are Comfortable” post. They just aren’t for me, and if I’m alone in this, that’s fine.

I had to wear a uniform in high school and once a month we had a civies day – a day to wear “normal” clothes. So, I wore jeans every civies day because that’s what everyone did. I’ll be honest, I would’ve rather worn my uniform.

Don’t believe me? In Grade 12, I wore my school uniform on Halloween instead of a costume because I couldn’t be bothered faking my way through another Halloween, pretending to enjoy whatever “costume” I threw together.

They wouldn’t let you wear regular clothes, if you didn’t have a costume. It was costume or uniform. I’m pretty sure they even made a declaration that wearing a sports jersey wasn’t enough for you to call yourself a sports fan. You had to go over the top in order to justify it.

Well, sorry if I didn’t want to get a big piece of cardboard, cut out a square, stick my face in it, and call myself Facebook.

What’s my point?

My point is I’m still bitter.

But more than that, let people wear whatever they feel comfortable in and don’t judge them for it. Not every setting, or occasion, is the be-all and end-all.

Because does it really matter if someone isn’t wearing jeans? Does it really matter if someone isn’t wear a Halloween costume to school?

NO. It doesn’t.

That’s all for today.

I may or may not be back tomorrow to rant about the disappointment that is chip crumbs at the bottom of the bag, or something.

Do you like wearing jeans? Talk to me.

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33 Responses to Jeans Are Uncomfortable

  1. James says:

    I’ve been rocking sweatpants in public since long before the pandemic. Comfort all day every day. If Generation Z are indeed cancelling skinny jeans then even though I’m really too old to understand most of the words in that sentence, I’m with them in spirit.

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    • Paul says:

      “Too old to understand most of the words in that sentence” – haha thank you for this collection of words, I’m starting to feel this way too with some things

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  2. peckapalooza says:

    I don’t mind jeans. I mean, if I’m at home, as I have been for most of the last year, I’m in the same shorts I sleep in. Because they’re comfortable. If I’m relaxing, jeans are not the pants for that. But if I have to go out for work or to meet people, I’m in jeans or khakis, though I prefer the jeans out of those two options. Unless it’s warm enough to wear shorts. Then, for some reason, I’m in cargo shorts because I clearly need that many pockets for no particular reason.

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    • Paul says:

      Fair enough. I think if someone can create clothing as comfortable as pyjamas/what we wear to sleep, and then make it social acceptable to wear those items in public, it’ll be a billion dollar business.

      Cargo shorts have gotten same hate in recent years haven’t they? I’ll never knock them even though I currently don’t have a pair that fits. The pockets are amazing.

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  3. Bill says:

    If your jeans aren’t comfortable, you’re wearing the wrong jeans.

    For my generation, the “c-word” was something completely different that I will NOT repeat here.

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    • Paul says:

      See, I’ve thought of that. Maybe I just haven’t found the right pair of jeans. At the same time, I don’t have any urge to track down some jeans I would like.

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      • Dutch Lion says:

        Yeah dude, I’m with Bill. You’re wearing the wrong jeans with the wrong fit if they are that uncomfortable. I have about 15-20 pairs of jeans and some are more comfortable than others. For me, I really dig Buffalo by David Bitton and Silver Jeans. Those are fantastic. I used to wear Levi’s but they fell out of my favor just because of the fit. Calvin Klein makes some nice jeans but they just don’t fit me right. You might want to go to a department store and start trying on several different brands and sizes just to see if you can overcome your hatred.

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  4. Okies so I need to use all caps for this, and I know we discussed keeping my all caps moments for important things but this is an important thing – I LOVE MY SKINNY JEANS!!!

    I have always been a jeans person. ALWAYS. After I reached grade 7 or 8, I only wore jeans. Fall? Jeans. Winter? Jeans. Spring? Jeans. Summer where its like 30° but feels like 38°? Jeans! The baggier the better.

    And it was because I was hiding my body. This might shock some people but I was not always so confident in my body. I won’t say I ever hated it to the point of self-harm but until I was 25ish I never liked it. Basically I tried just not to exist or stand out or draw attention. Covered as much as I could, blended into the background, and wished to be a size 8 not a size 20.

    But now stands before you a super confident, loves her body (learning to love her legs) woman who embraces all her curves and overly squishy bits! And jeans have been part of that! You can’t hide ANY fat in skinnies. Its all there. And it took me a long time to be able to wear skinnies without fear or anxiety. Like a work-up to it over a few years. Yes, years. But now here I am and I love this space and they look sooooo cute with my ankle booties and even though I don’t LOVE my legs yet I like them enough to live in skinnies! And I have one style from Reitmans which feels so soft and buttery on the skin that I legit can (and have) sleep in them. Except the one pair which decides to shrink in the wash and is toooooo tight to pull over my ugh legs so I only wear them at home now 😂

    It also helps that most women’s jeans has spandex or something in them to make them stretchy 😂 also fake zippers so you have to pull them on and fake pockets.

    Sorry for the long response! Whats your favourite non-sweats option?! Haha

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    • Paul says:

      Just want you to know that I started clapping halfway through reading this. Proud of you, T!!

      FAKE ZIPPERS??? WHAT???

      I don’t even really know how to explain the pants I wear. If you Google “Casual Nautica Pants” they’re basically that. I have a stretchy element to them but maintain a “these are real pants” look to them lol

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      • 😂😂 I accept any and all applause cos I deserve it at all times 😂😂

        And YES! Fake everything! Its so frustrating! Like, ooooo I’m sorry but where am I suppose to put my phone or lip chap or the soul of that stranger who looked at me weird?! I NEED POCKETS! Fake zippers are less frustrating but still annoying. They will have the look of a real zipper enclosure but its all just detail work and fakeness. So lame.

        I totally googled these pants 😂

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      • Paul says:

        All the applause to you!

        This whole “women’s clothing doesn’t have any/enough pockets” has to reach a breaking point at some point. SURELY a clothing brand will be like “Let’s give them pockets and make billions before our competitors catch on”.

        My high school gym shorts didn’t have pockets and to this day, I still have them, and they are useless to me. I couldn’t imagine all/most of my clothes without pockets. You deserve better!

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      • Hehe I only demand applause cos we’re friends and I know you know I’m not being self-conceded and cocky about it hahaha

        RIGHT?! Ugh you’d think they would catch on! I can’t always have a purse with me. The older I get the less I want to be carrying one and especially after this pandemic haha half the time I think I need a boyfriend just to utilize his pockets. WAIT IDEA! “Rent a pocket” aka a hot piece of eye candy to go places with you so he can put all your stuff in his pockets?!? Dragon’s Den here I come!

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      • Paul says:

        RENT A POCKET! I like it! The slogan can be “A taxi for your items”. I want 5% of the business.

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      • You’ll get 15% and not a penny less!

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      • Paul says:

        I accept!

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  5. Mary Ann says:

    So true, and they don’t keep me warm in the winter.

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  6. Becky says:

    My question is if skinny jeans are cancelled, what jeans are we supposed to be wearing? Because there is NO WAY I’m going back to flare jeans from my high school days. Pre-pandemic, I would wear jeans occasionally, like when I left the house, but now I’m leggings all day, every day. I do refuse to wear sweatpants out of the house, though. One of my weird hang ups.

    Once the pandemic is over, I feel like I should review my jeans situation because when I do wear them, there are only 3 pairs I wear. And I have like 5 other pairs just hanging in my closet that I know fit but I just don’t like.

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    • Paul says:

      That’s what I was wondering too. What jeans do they want to go back to? I can’t see people going back to the baggy/loose fitting style of 15 years ago. Even present days jeans that aren’t classified as skinny jeans, are more of a slimmer fit. Clothes, in general, are a slimmer fit.

      Sounds like a post-pandemic closet clean out is in order. Those jeans will be blindsided.

      Also, as much as I hyped up the virtues of wearing sweatpants in public, I can’t even remember the last time I actually did. Maybe 4 years ago?

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  7. V Donovan says:

    Alright, here is my ‘Jeans Are Comfortable’ post that you need https://coolbeans4.wordpress.com/2021/02/07/i-love-jeans/ 😛

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  8. Squid says:

    I buy jeans that are comfy, and a lot of womens’ sweatpants don’t have pockets, so I take what I can get.

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  9. sopantooth says:

    I wish my name was Rickety Zippers

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  10. Sabrina B says:

    I’ve seen that the youths are trying to cancel skinny jeans and I am choosing to respectfully ignore them. I don’t have only skinny jeans but skinny ones are great for when it’s cold and I can fit them into my tall warm socks and boots and it doesn’t look silly or bunch up. Some of us like PRACTICAL SHOES IN COLD CLIMATES kiddos.

    I didn’t wear jeans for like the first ten years of my life, and then I wore them a lot, and now I think I have a variety of different kinds of pants. There’s so many options! I even have pants with real pockets now.

    It’s funny, at first I was like, wait, Paul doesn’t wear jeans?? Certainly I’ve seen him in jeans?? And I genuinely WENT TO LOOK AT PICTURES I HAVE WITH YOU to make sure you were never in jeans. You were not. I’d say maybe you haven’t found the right jeans for you, but honestly they aren’t for everyone. You have many trouser options these days. You can even find stylish joggers.

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    • Paul says:

      Hahah I appreciate that you went back and did research of prior pictures. Hear that people? I have an eye witness!

      The youth have no idea how to stay warm in the winter, you seem to have it down to a science! Being able to comfortably shove pants into boots was something we learned as kids. Do they really want to go back to the baggy pants era of the early 2000s? I don’t get what their long-term plan is here.

      Honestly, I don’t even really like how jeans feel when I touch them. I’d rather wear smoother pants that can kinda stretch. Can you tell I don’t know clothing terms?

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      • Sabrina B says:

        Haha I can provide the proof!!

        Yeah I have no clue. Why not just enjoy all styles of jeans? Why close yourselves off, gen zs? There’s so many uses for the different kinds!

        I can tell, but we all have our strengths and weaknesses haha. As long as you know what they feel like and can point to them in a store, you’re good.

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  11. Rebecca says:

    I don’t like jeans. I think the problem with jeans is that it’s so hard to find the right fit, as they’re rather stiff in fabric and rarely are they tailored to our body sizes; I had the hardest time finding a pair that could 1) go past my thighs, 2) sit snug on my waist, and 3) feel breatheable. I also hate boot-cut jeans and low-riding jeans, which were quite popular in the mid-2000’s. I’m okay with skinny jeans, but still, I rarely wear them. I’m comfortable with slacks, sweatpants, pjs…anything but jeans! You’re not alone in the distaste for denim!

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    • Paul says:

      This was a good breakdown of the problems that jeans can provide. It was hard to find a pair that felt good from the waist all the way down the leg. There was normally an issue along the way. On top of that, I’m not really a fan of how denim feels. I’d rather wear something I like.

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  12. Skinny jeans are fine – if you’re also skinny. I’m now an overweight late middle-aged man, and I agree that most jeans are just too uncomfortable. I also live in Palm Springs, where it’s hot 7 months of the year, so wear shorts almost all the time.

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  13. Barb Knowles says:

    This is great. I usually love jeans. But I have the I’ve-been-staying-indoors-a-lot-COVID-eating-tons-of-crap syndrome now and none of my jeans fit me. Like I’m probably 2 sizes bigger than my last pair of jeans.

    My answer? Leggings. I live in leggings. And pajamas. I’m not sure leggings are popular any more.
    But as you are the jeans rebel, I’m the leggings rebel. Comfort wins.

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    • Paul says:

      My weight has gone the opposite way since Covid started. I’m down 5 pounds lol.

      Nothing wrong with leggings! I think. I haven’t seen anything about them being “cancelled” so I think you’re good.

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  14. Jeans are literally the worst piece of clothing ever made. I don’t even own a pair of jeans anymore. Can’t wear sweatpants in public? Why is it acceptable to wear leggings aka long johns (the shit made to wear under sweatpants) in public?! Who dictates what is acceptable? Don’t wear sweatpants to work or to an interview. But you also shouldn’t wear jeans either lol

    F jeans 😂

    I’ve been trying to open your posts for days! But WordPress would just load for a second and shutdown.. realized I had to update it. So hear we are!

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  15. Before this lockdown business I lived on a couple of pairs of stretchy, skinny jeans that I loved. Now I’m all about the PJs and leggings and those same jeans are a challenge to be faced on the days when I leave the house. They fit just the same, I’ve just raised the bar of comfort required.

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