Refinery29‘s Connie Wang tells the tale of her favorite ripped-at-the-knee jeans from long ago (circa middle school) that became an instantly cool vintage wardrobe addition as soon as she grew up and didn’t change much in size. While she may not wear everything she used to rock when she was still taking Earth Science, certain things we love stay with us through the years.
She says, “When I first found them in a thrift shop in Bloomington, Minnesota, the jeans were a saturated lapis-blue, flared enough to be considered acceptable by middle school standards, and $15, which meant I could afford it with my $4/hour babysitting income. At first, I wore them with long blouses to hide the lack of ostentatious pocket adornments that could be found on the buttcheeks of every girl at school, but I slowly grew to appreciate its austerity. No ass whorls, no braided belt-loops, no purposeful rips or fades…no bullshit. In high school, its un-brandedness drew the attention of some other girls who also cared a little about fashion. “It’s vintage,” I’d answer. “I got it at a thrift shop.” The shred of cred this garnered me was probably the impetus for the subsequent inflation of my sartorial ego, and—thank god—later down the line, my self-esteem.”
But it doesn’t end there. Connie’s jeans’ adventure continues to high school! Check out the article for the conclusion (or non-conclusion) of her vintage denim’s extended life span.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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