Time for me to clear out a couple of bookmarked web items from my browser. And I’m doing so with one hand holding my nose, because earlier this spring I bookmarked articles from The Independent and Teen Vogue about the same fashion item. I’m hesitant to call it “fashion” as I’m not sure if this was just a case of someone pulling a late April Fools joke on the world.
What am I talking about exactly? Well, three years ago I talked about a trend in denim called “distressed jeans.” Basically, fashion brands and retailers made and marketed jeans that had intentional wears and tears in them. These weren’t the still-very-comfortable-but-faded jeans in your closet. Rather, these were jeans with tears, strains, bleached spots, and other on-purpose distresses that were put on sale for more than they looked like they were worth. Yeah, you were able to go to an American Eagle or an H&M and plunk down large coin ($65 or so) and take home something you probably could have found for a lot, lot less at a Goodwill or St. Vincent de Paul, where the distresses in the jeans they sold were real because, well, someone else lived in them for a long period of time.