Just sharing an article I read on stuff this week about the psychology of fashion which, I must admit I’ve always found endlessly fascinating (maybe I missed my calling there… oh well).
Tool long to read the entire article? I did find her comments on jean particularly interesting:
Of particular interest to Pine is that Holy Grail of every woman’s closet: blue jeans. A woman will spend thousands over the course of her life trying to find a pair that is comfortable and flattering, and rarely will she feel she’s succeeded.
Interestingly, Pine’s research shows that, for most women, jeans are – literally – our sad-pants. We put them on when we’re unhappy.
“Jeans don’t look great on everyone. They are often poorly cut and badly fitting,” she says.
“They can signal the wearer hasn’t bothered with their appearance. People who are depressed often lose interest in how they look and don’t wish to stand out, so the correlation between depression and wearing jeans is understandable. Most importantly, this research suggests it is possible to dress for happiness, but it might mean ditching the jeans.”
I won’t deny that I have a penchant for expensive jeans. I worked for 1.5 years as a tech designer for denim and pants… So I’d like to think I’m reasonably attuned to fit. And I must say that cheap jeans are often poor fitting jeans. I have just tried to replace my 7’s that have a hole in them (from being hit by a car last Sept). I thought maybe ordering some cheap skinny jeans from ASOS would work. Nope. Not even close. My indigo 7’s just really fit nicely. It could also be that they’re so old and I’ve broken them in (only a week ago I read an article about how you should never wash your jeans and should instead put them in the freezer – a trick which admittedly I have heard before, but still… eww?).
Do you think wearing jeans is lazy? I kind of have to agree. On days when I just can’t be bothered trying to re-mix a new outfit, I do tend to throw on a pair of skinny jeans, Witchery tunic, Witchery scarf and boots. Easy effortless go-to outfit.
I also think jeans are very American midwest. I owned dozens of pairs of jeans when I lived in MN… Now I own roughly 5-6, but really only wear about 2. And not to say that American midwest fashion is lazy, but it kind of is. I think MN and I think jeans… and a hoodie or t-shirt. *sigh* Admittedly, this was my own uniform for years!! But now I’ve definitely branched out. But I suspect if I returned to MN right now, the t-shirt, hoodies and jeans would still reign supreme.
What is a common outfit/street style seen in your geographical area? What’s your “lazy” (but still nice enough for work) outfit?