Jeans have been staple in my wardrobe. More than anything I love dressing them up. What’s sexier than a great fitting pair of jeans and a pretty top and dressy shoes? Or following in the footsteps of Chanel, pairing a great feminine jacket with a jean and adding pretty jewelry. Or, now as it gets colder, wearing a cozy sweater with them and adding a cool coat. Jeans offer so much!
A jean is great for travel. It’s hard to make it look lived in or dirty.
Jeans are great for me during the week and on the weekends. Sometimes I wear a slim, dark jean, a silk top and a fitted jacket to work. I wear a boyfriend jean and a tunic top around Sonoma while enjoying a latte outside under the heat lamps at the Sunflower Caffe.
So when I was trying on jeans with my daughter Erin at TJ Maxx the other day while my car was being serviced right next door at Sonnen Motors (isn’t that convenient?), I was looking at myself in a pair of Mothers Jeans in the dressing room mirror. Standing right next to me was Erin who said, “They look good but do you have this base covered already?” Good question!
I decided to take them home to meet the rest of the jean crew. A couple of days later, I called a meeting with all of my jeans.
“Jeans,” I said, “A question has come up about your place in my wardrobe life. I’m going to do a top to bottom review of this jean situation and there may be some cuts before the end of the day.” I used my CEO tone of voice.
Why a jean leaves the building
I established my criteria for staying or going. I want my jeans to fit well, be great colors (even if that means different shades of blue), and 100% useful to me, without exception. While I don’t have any super low-rise jeans in my wardrobe I do have mid-low-rise jeans. If I’m telling the truth, they’re kind of a pain in the ass. They want to slip down. I have to add a belt to keep them sitting where I want them to. I don’t have a flat stomach so they still slip down otherwise.
The rise in jeans is getting longer and the newer styles are fitting me better. So even though I might love the color, wash, or the style a jean I possess, if wearing it frustrates me, I’m ready to admit it’s just not working out for us.
So my mantra as I tried on my jeans was, “If it’s too low, it’s gotta go.” Only the ones that are “just right” are going to stay.
I eliminated five pairs of jeans that I truly love for many reasons, but love is not enough. I put them lovingly in the washing machine and then hung them up to dry on the clothes line in the back yard. (I never tumble dry my jeans.) And now they’re in the car and Erin has promised to find them a new home at her and her sister’s consignment store, Sax, in San Anselmo.
Even though it’s hard to do, sometimes you just have to make some cuts in your wardrobe to make the wardrobe culture thrive. It helps to wear your CEO hat when you’re telling them to clean out their pockets and head on out the door.
Do you have some jeans that aren’t working out? What will you do with them?