When fashion trends don’t seem to make any sense, many women are at a loss for what to do. Some follow the trend, even though it seems senseless, while others pass by a current fashion leader, knowing that they would not wear it. This fall, one of the most senseless trends is distressed or destructed denim. Why, you may ask, would anyone buy something that’s already ripped, torn and threadbare beyond repair? Yet, these jeans are amazingly popular, especially among high school girls and juniors. Many middle and high schools have even included a provision in their dress codes forbidding the wearing of distressed and destructed denim that shows too much bare thigh.
It wasn’t long ago that badly faded jeans with a few rips and tears or patches that had worn thin were donated to charity or relegated to the trash. Nobody wanted to wear jeans that looked tattered and torn. Now they are commanding attention as acid-wash destructed denim and juniors are paying $25, $50 or even $100 or more for them. They can be found in virtually every department store, at every online shopping site and even specialty stores. How will anyone know when they are worn out and no longer fit to wear? That remains to be seen.
Low-budget shoppers who want to follow the trend can do so for as little as $1 by shopping for a pair of jeans at Goodwill on Thursday or Friday. Simply find a pair of jeans that fits well on the $1 rack, bring them home and wash them with chlorine bleach for an acid washed look. Then use scissors to make as many tears in them as you like and pull threads in some to achieve threadbare patches. They will look almost exactly like those purchased at a department store, yet cost very little. If you just love the super skinny look in distressed denim, get jeans that fit as snugly as possible and wash them in hot water to make them shrink a bit more.
Another trend that seems to make no sense for many women is cropped pants. Well-fitting pants have always come to the ankle or below, often just brushing the top of the shoe. Cropped pants are longer than capris and shorter than traditional slacks. They come to about three inches above the ankle, making them look like pants that are, quite simply, too short. They do nothing for short women who want to achieve a longer look and they make tall women appear as if they couldn’t find any pants long enough. Why this unflattering length is so popular remains unknown, and many women have followed the trend. A woman working for the city of Columbia was recently reminded that cropped pants were not appropriate for the office and did not conform to the corporate dress code.
The list could surely go on and on, yet we shall conclude with a brief word about jumpsuits. Until recently the province of workmen and prisoners, jumpsuits were functional, durable and shapeless. Surely everyone heard has about the prisoners who escaped from Dannemora in upper New York state this summer in green jumpsuits or seen inmates in orange jumpsuits cleaning up roadside litter. Now jumpsuits are vying for the fashion spotlight in an array of chic, new looks that range from simple to dressy. They are embellished, embroidered, bedecked and bejeweled. They can be found in virtually every department store and on every shopping website in a kaleidoscope of colors, prints, stripes and patterns.
Any woman who has ever worn a stylish jumpsuit has surely encountered the challenge of using the ladies’ room. While pants can be quickly slipped down or skirts pulled up, jumpsuits must be unbelted, unzipped to below the waist, slipped out of with both arms and somehow held off the floor while seated. Then the painstaking process must be reversed. For those who love the slender look some jumpsuits can achieve, it may be worthwhile; for many it is not. Some women choose to wear destructed denim, super skinny jeans, cropped pants and jumpsuits; others do not. Suffice it to say, wear what you like and like what you wear.
As always, maximize your style and minimize your spending~