I used to think that I was the only woman in America who didn’t wear jeans, but maybe that is changing. The Washington Post recently featured an article on the decline of jeans sales during the pandemic. More and more people are turning to leggings and stretch pants, putting comfort before everything else. That means they are finally admitting to a basic truth: jeans really aren’t that comfortable.
What do I have against jeans, that most American of garments? First of all, the fabric is stiff and ungiving, at least until you have worn them for a few months. And even stretchy jeans have what I consider to be a fatal flaw—thick seams that dig into your flesh.
Many people consider elastic waistbands to be the antithesis of fine dressing. Not me. I embraced stretchy clothes once I got pregnant and never gave them up. When I returned to sewing over twenty years ago, I was overjoyed to learn that I could put elastic waistbands in every kind of pants in any fabric from silk to cotton. Constant lectures about their “mumsy” look in fashion books and style shows never convinced me to change my mind.
And now it appears that my fashion moment has come! “Jeans are cardiovascular prisons,” says one young woman quoted in the Washington Post article. I could have told her that a long time ago.