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.