“Forever In Blue Jeans”

with all due respect to Neil Diamond…


my favorite things. water, a good book and my jeans…oh and jewelry.

Well I just had to post about this. It kinda got shoved under the carpet with the whole election thing going on…I saw an article posted recently where a group of Brits(2000 of them) were surveyed about what age women should stop wearing jeans…and they came up with the ripe old age of 53. We women, not men, should no longer wear jeans after we reach the 50’s. WTH? Who comes up with this stuff? Why was this survey even a thing? And who are these 2000 people who were surveyed?

With all the issues we have to survey people about someone thought this was a good idea. Well I have news for these people. I will not stop wearing my jeans…EVER.  You are going to have to pry my jeans off my cold dead body. I love my jeans. I always have since the very first pair I ever got. My Wranglers. I wore them as soon as I got home from school. I took off my skirt, knee socks and penny loafers and on went my jeans.That was when I wore my first pair, after that I was taking off my Capezios, my wool skirt and fur blend sweater to put on my Keds, sweatshirt and jeans.

Back in the 50’s and 60’s when I was growing up we weren’t allowed to wear jeans or any kind of pants to school. We had to wear a skirt and top or a dress. I guess that is why I am so loving them now and wearing them all the time. I couldn’t wear them for so long that I have to make up for all those years. I love jeans, honestly I wear them most of the time. I have different styles and colors but I wear them almost every single day.

Jeans were first worn by the miners, farmers and cowboys(love a cowboy in jeans, but that is another story). Levi Strauss created them in 1800’s. There was a need for a fabric that was strong enough to endure all the rough work they did. Someone noticed how cool they were and they were immediately mainstreamed into the stores for us. And thank goodness for that! Lee, Wrangler and Levis were the first ones I remember and then the designers got into the action. They knew a good thing and they couldn’t wait to cash in on the much loved jean craze.

Back in the 50’s there was just the plain old jeans and then with the 60’s came the Bell Bottoms. I wore both of course, being the fashionista that I was and still am. A few of the designers I remember and wore were Gloria Vanderbilt, Jordache(remember them..LOL), Guess and Ralph Lauren. Now I don’t really care about the label as long as they fit. But I do love my Calvin Klein and Michael Kors jeans. They just seem to fit me better than others. Cost doesn’t really come into play either, I have found some no name brands I love and don’t cost an arm and a leg and have really hated some expensive ones. My jeans just need to feel “right” for me to buy them and wear them.

The study also said it takes some women trying on 6 pairs of jeans before they find a pair they like and fit the way they want them to fit. I think that number may be low. I seem to recall the last time I was trying to find some and must have taken 10 pair into the dressing room, none of which fit…The survey also said 6% of women even wind up crying when they can’t find any to fit. Really? I know after the 10 pairs I tried on, I was exhausted and gave up for the day. But I didn’t cry. There is no crying in fashion…There was another study by the British earlier in the year that said we should stop wearing jeans at 47. What is it with the Brits? Do they want us American women to look old and frumpy so they will look cooler?

When you think back, we have had so many types of jeans, from your regular old denim jean to prewashed, preshrunk, distressed, faded, acid washed, low rise, high rise mom jeans(never a fan of these), straight leg, wide leg, and the ever popular skinny jeans. I know some people aren’t a fan of skinny jeans but I really like them and wear them, not the “so tight I can’t bend my legs” type skinny jeans, but they are great to wear with boots which I wear all the time. I have jeans in all colors and like black jeans a lot.  Can you tell I just love my jeans? Since it takes forever to find the perfect pair of jeans I think it makes you want to wear them until they wear out… and now that I mentioned it, I hate that. My favorite ever pair of jeans wear out and now I am on a mission to find some to replace them. We all know how that goes since you can buy the same style, same brand, same size and they don’t fit! What is that? The designers messing with us??

I have read in many fashion magazines that jeans are one of “the” most popular all time items of clothing. The reason being you can where them just about anywhere depending on how you dress them up or down. And the fact anyone can wear them, any sex, any nationality, or any age. Evidently the Brits, or at least 2000 of them don’t agree. I don’t care what “they” say or anyone else for that matter. I will keep on wearing my jeans. I will wear them until I don’t think I should. Since I don’t see that happening any time soon… someone..someday will have to pry them off my cold dead body.

“Money talks
But it don’t sing and dance
And it don’t walk
And long as I can have you here with me
I’d much rather be
Forever in blue jeans” – Neil Diamond

“I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothing.” ~ Yves Saint Laurent

and this one… “I want to die with my blue jeans on.” ~ Andy Warhol and me…

What about you? What do you think? Is there an age when women shouldn’t wear jeans anymore? Do you love jeans?



22 thoughts on ““Forever In Blue Jeans”

  1. I wore jeans almost daily for years in my teens and early 20’s. I haven’t worn jeans since. I just like black slacks/trousers/pants. I don’t care what other women wear although the ripped up thigh and knee jeans do look a bit odd on the more mature woman to my eyes.That said; If they are happy, that is all that matters!

  2. Who ARE these people telling us what to wear (or not to wear)??? One of the best things about getting older is just not giving a s*** about what other people think, including the self-anointed fashion police! I’ll wear my jeans just as long as I please, thank you very much!

  3. They will be peeling my jeans off my cold, dead body! Who are these 2000 women anyway, and are they all in housedresses? I wrote about this and agree with you wholeheartedly!

  4. I am a lifelong member of team never ever jeans 🙂 I’m not all that short but my inseam is minuscule and I grew up during the time when petite jeans were somehow always accompanied by pleats or odd embellishments. And I just never found a pair I loved.

    1. Aw, sorry you have never found a pair you love Carla. I honestly don’t know what I would do without mine..It is your choice not to wear them, but no one should tell us we can’t wear them!

  5. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one! If age is a factor, then my body type precludes me as well. Ten years ago I was a 6-8 jeans size. After years of many series of Prednisone and staggered thyroidectomy, I am no longer ‘that’ size. I’m reeeeaaallllly not that size. I’m so much more than that. Please don’t do a survey about chubbiest and old women in jeans. It’s difficult enough to leave the house. Just leave me and my jeans alone.

    1. Yes Karen, they just need to let us and our jeans alone! We are certainly old enough to make the decision to wear whatever we want…we have earned that right…Thanks for commenting…

  6. I am with you I have worn jeans forever to and will continue to do so. I do not care what anyone thinks.

  7. I really get annoyed by those surveys that tell women what they should not wear. I love my jeans.Mostly because they are comfortable and I sometimes feel sexy in them. But also love that because of the waistband, I am forced to maintain some semblance of fitness!! I gave my 75 year old mom a pair (with an elastic waistband) for Christmas – she was so thrilled, she thought she would never wear another pair again!

  8. LIKE you PRY EM OFF ME, Its all I own honestly. Shorts/capris in summer,JEANS all the other times. I have ONE PAIR that fits me like a charm so I wash and wear them all the time, but closet has pairs,some FIT,some Don”T, lol. I did give 18 pair away couple months ago when Rep Schreiber had a fund raiser for York Hi girls, so he was very happy with me too. But YEP,I’m the Devil in Blue Jeans and always will be.

  9. I love jeans and not that I’m retired I gave many pairs of blue and black. We weren’t allowed to wear them in the classroom except for ‘dress down day’ which happened about once a month.
    That survey is absurd in my opinion!
    My 89 year old mother wears jeans albeit for gardening only!!
    I have learned to wash them inside out to keep the dye from fading too much. With winter coming I do get out my colored corduroy jeans. I don’t think I even own a pair of dress pants anymore. I lied, I have one pair of black and white lined slacks in a small print. Haven’t worn them in years.
    I’m old enough to wear what I like, when I like and jeans are definitely in my wardrobe!!The End!!

    1. You are so right Joanie! We have earned that right to wear what we like and wear it with pride! Thanks for your comments! i love hearing them…

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