In this disposable culture with fast fashion, it’s really rare to see someone wear something until it falls apart. I know I have only a few pieces, usually shoes that I have worn to tatters. But jeans? I remember back as a kid, people would wear jeans until they fell apart. Until holes wore through in certain places either rendering them too racy for public use or just too grungy.
On Jean Stories, a pair old flared jeans was featured which the original owner stitched and patched together. The original brand couldn’t be found, yet a back Wrangler pocket had been stitched on the front, along with various shapes and types of jeans throughout. “Perhaps the owner loved the original pair (its soft denim so thin, and now threadbare in places) so much he or she couldn’t bear to let them dissolve. Maybe it started with one patch and then more were added to keep the jeans alive.”
It just makes me realize that most of my jeans have gone out of “style” before they reached the point of becoming even remotely threadbare. The different rises (low, mid, high waisted) skinny jeans then boyfriend jeans. So many choices that I barely have time to wear them all. Don’t even get me started on my weight fluctuation.
Anyway… a pair of truly loved jeans. How far would you go to keep them? Maybe we’re not going far enough?