Friday, 3 March 2017

Blue Jean Blues




Paul's old Wrangler jeans
I decided Paul needed a makeover.  His uniform of blue jeans, polo shirt and navy sweatshirt was looking jaded.  I dragged him kicking and screaming and into the local Burton Menswear shop.  There was only one pair of jeans in his size.  He refused to try them on, he didn’t like the orange stitching.
 
Failing to get him anywhere near the shops I sent away for some ‘trendy’ clothes from Marks & Spencers.  The shirts and jumper were fine, the jeans were a disaster.  They had the weirdest cut ever, resulting in a deep fold half way down the leg.


Today we drove to Chippenham in a bid to find some nice, new jeans.  Chippenham has a limited selection of shops but we didn’t feel like trekking into Bath.  First stop TK Maxx.  Hundreds of designer jeans – Tommy Hilfiger, Versace, Vivienne Westwood, Ralph Lauren, etc.  All with rips, faded denim, even paint splatters.  Paul said if he wanted jeans like that he had some in the garage he could wear.  Next stop – er – Next.  Again, row upon row of jeans in skinny, super skinny, slim, extra slim, loose – anything but regular.  I persuaded Paul to try on a pair of loose and a pair of slim.  The loose ones were rather baggy but the slim ones looked very sexy.  

“They are too tight around my knees, they don’t feel right.” 
I wasn’t going to argue, they would only gather dust in the wardrobe.

We had to call in at Sainsburys to get some keys cut.  Paul came out of the shop triumphantly bearing two pairs of jeans, one regular pair and one boot cut.  The denim is a bit faded but at least they’re not ripped.  He tried them on when we got home.  His old, original Wrangler jeans still look better.

Sainsbury's straight cut

Sainsbury's boot cut

"I will never, ever wear my cuffs folded back like this..."

I tried.

16 comments:

  1. Poor Paul! I feel sorry for the fellow. After all he is not a Ken doll for you to dress up. Leave him be woman!

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    1. At least Ken didn't sulk or answer back.

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  2. Thank you Mr pudding, I was right anyway there was nothing wrong with the wranglers in the first place.

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    1. Maybe you should insist that you are taking Sue to Primark to update her wardrobe, See how she likes it.

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    2. He's already tried that.

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  3. jeans and key cutting in Sainsbury's - not when I left U.K. in 1965!!!

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    1. Things have definitely changed. Not much you can't buy from superstores these days.

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  4. I recently bought TWO pairs of jeans at Leclerc. They fit perfectly (old codger style) and cost a staggering €6.50 each.

    By the way, did Paul ever discover if he was part Lithuanian, part Kenyan, with his DNA kit?

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    1. It's in the last stage of testing in the lab.

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  5. Those jeans look fine on Paul - hope they don't shrink too much when they're washed.
    I've given up the battle to update the hub's wardrobe, and I no longer say "You're not going out in those, are you?" ! As he doesn't go far these days he's not likely to frighten the horses (well, not many, anyway)! In fact I hate to admit it, but we both go for something that is comfortable, and either cool or warm, depending on the season. We've reached that age....
    I'll take him into Leclerc next time we're in France, Cro - those old codger style jeans sound about right !

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    1. Small problem re buying the ElC and other Supermarkets in France is that these offers are somewhat seasonal and once the size you want goes it may be a year before they may be repeated, we don't get restocking. Old Codgers have to strike while the iron is hot!

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    2. They probably will shrink in the wash. Then I'll cut the bottoms off and turn them into gardening shorts for him.

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  6. He looks the same in the NEW jeans as he did in the OLD jeans. He knows what he likes & is too old to be changed now. Get used to it.

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    1. He's looking smugger by the minute!

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  7. I feel your pain ! I've given up !

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