You Can’t Put a Price Tag on Good Taste

Andrea Freedman

Jeans have come a long way over the years from the traditional Levis that many of us grew up with. There are different cuts, rises and washes to suit everyone in the denim department. Still, while “nice” jeans can be part of a put-together outfit for a day out shopping or lunch with the ladies, there are some situations where they are simply not acceptable.

Take, for example, New York Mayor Bill De Blasio’s wife’s recent decision to wear jeans to a slain officer’s funeral. Her attire was seen as such a faux pas as to be considered newsworthy. She was criticized not because the jeans didn’t look good on her, but because wearing jeans to a funeral is seen not only as bad taste, but also disrespectful.

It is like the guilty denim-wearer doesn’t think highly enough of the person they are supposedly going to pay honour to hang up his or her jeans for one day and dress a little more appropriately.

In the work force, jeans are typically permitted only on what is considered “casual day” for a reason. People think nowadays that just because a pair of jeans cost in the hundreds of dollars and bear a designer label, that it is somehow okay to wear jeans no matter what the occasion.

It is almost as if people who insist on constantly wearing denim are trying to make a statement, when the main message that they are really conveying is that they somehow think they are above dressing in anything other than jeans, and that the expensive labels they display so proudly are a license to pretend those jeans are something other than what they really are – jeans.

The next time you wear your fancy pants – or rather designer jeans – where perhaps you should have thought twice about it, don’t be surprised when you see raised eyebrows glancing your way – and it is most likely not because they think you look that fabulous in your jeans – it is really that they think those jeans should have been left at home in your closet.

If you are ever unsure about whether or not to adorn denim, my suggestion would be this: When in doubt, don’t wear jeans. If you must, the least you can do is keep the price tag on, point to the label on your butt and tell anyone who looks at you strangely, “It’s okay everyone, they’re expensive.”



Copyright © by Andrea Freedman, 2015


About andfreed

I am a Toronto based writer of articles, columns, essays and novels.

Posted on January 8, 2015, in Weekly Thoughts and Observations and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I know some people who wear jeans as a uniform. They wear them with a jacket to dress up the outfit, or with fancy boots to look cool. There is a time and place for jeans, and a person has to know the meaning of black tie and just a casual engagement with friends. A little bit of class doesn’t hurt, and some people will never have it, no matter how hard they try. A price ticket makes no difference to the calibre of jeans you wear. They are still not recognized for certain occasions.


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