Because you can't have depths without surfaces.
Linda Grant, thinking about clothes, books and other matters.

Friday, 27 June 2008

A man and his jeans

Harry's post below reminds me of a dear friend who went out to buy a pair of jeans, his old ones having suffered that perennial problem, wardrobe shrinkage, and returned home empty handed. He had tried on his usual jeans in his usual size, 34 waist, but found they were too small. Why didn't you get the next size up, I asked him?

Because they're 36 and I'm 34, he said.

Well, I pointed out, obviously if the 34 are too small, you're 36.

No, he said. I'm 34.

As if it was his date of birth or star sign, or the colour of his eyes, something fixed and static in the universe.

He hired a personal trainer.

4 comments:

Toby Wollin said...

Makes sense to me...sounds as if he(like a lot of us)has a whole lot emotionally invested in wearing a certain size. He wasn't willing to compromise that - whether wearing a size 36 made him feel fat..or old..or whatever doesn't matter.

Deja Pseu said...

Reminds me of an old "Seinfeld" epsisode where Jerry scratches the "32" off the outer tag of his Levi's jeans!

dana said...

Eventually, even the trainer won't be able to combat the shrinkage. I wonder what he will do then?

Anonymous said...

I personally like Carhartt jeans, which, while not necessarily trendy, fit my midle-age body very nicely. And, they're a fraction of the cost of the trendy jeans.