Thanks Jaron for guest blogging. The jean debate between men and women leaves us all taking sides.
Happy Weekend Everyone
So here I am on a Friday Night, at dinner with 10 women, and 4 men. The Men and Women all seem to be having their own conversation about random things, and I decide that the table is just too small for such varied topics of conversation, and attempt to insert myself into the women’s topics.
The Perfect Jean.
Women feel that their shopping experience for jeans nets a more challenging day than Men’s.
First, I should tell you that I would consider myself fairly fashion forward. Moving here from NYC, many times it was more about who you wore, and not what you wore.
Now, I am slightly biased in this case, as I am a Man, and I feel that it is very hard to find that perfect denim. Gone are the days of yore when Mom brought home a pair of jeans from Old Navy, and you wore them until they stood on their own in the corner. Just for an outwardly aesthetic point of view, jeans (and people for that matter) are judged on Name Brand, Color, shape, and back pocket design. Button fly or Zipper. These are all the challenges that come AFTER you even find the fit.
Women have 1 thing to worry about in jeans…their butt. Men have multiple things to be concerned with (ass being one of them). Men have to be very cautious of the “cut” in the middle, as that may determine the comfort of an evening. Men need to think about how low they really want their waste line. Women can show belly button-age, men cannot. For Women, it is OK for the jeans to be very tight. For most men, tight jeans are not the preferred. Yet, Jeans too baggy can lead to a sloppy look. Men’s sizes come in only even numbers (for the most part), women’s come in all sizes (starting with 0 – really…0??)
With all that said, I know women are still skeptical on the challenges that men face (after all, you don’t have man parts to worry about, so that is a much tougher topic to explain. And even if I did explain, you’d still be skeptical). So I decided to go to an outside source known for their denim. I visited levis.com, and, wouldn’t you know, there were 13 different styled jeans available, from the 501’s to the newest 59X styles. Women….only 8. Men’s jeans are all numbered at Levis. What does the 501 mean? When you read the tag, you realize it is the Original. What does that mean? All of the Women’s styles are have names, like Skinny, Straight, Bootcut; these are much easier to decipher what they are.
So, the next time you ladies are in the store, in a fitting room, and kvetching over the fit of your jean, just remember the men out there have it tougher.
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