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What Do You Think of These $400 Mud-Caked Jeans?

PRPS Barracuda Straight Leg Jean

PRPS Barracuda Straight Leg Jean

I came across a news story on these jeans as I was flipping through channels the other night, and the discussion really caught my attention - people are practically up in arms over these $400 mud-caked jeans!

Some are convinced that these pants demonstrate just how far away America has gotten from a working-class culture. They find them insulting to people with truly "dirty jobs," especially with such a luxuriously expensive price tag. 

But destroyed-look jeans are absolutely nothing new, and $400 is by no means the top of the price range! Artfully mangled jeans can go for thousands!

I have always fallen into the Oscar Wilde school of thought: 

“There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book.
Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”

Clothes, like books, are simply forms of self-expression - and the general public is free to like or dislike the product of that expression, but I no pair of jeans is inherently offensive. All your jeans (and tee shirts and boots and bags and jackets) do is provide information about what you value. 

Some people may buy destroyed jeans because they:

  • Find beauty in destruction
  • Harbor nostalgia for a different historical era
  • Enjoy irony
  • Have a sense of humor
  • Identify with the concept of struggle
  • Otherwise identify with or support the working class
  • Miss being a kid and playing in the dirt

And yeah, some people might also unfairly romanticize the struggles of manual laborers - but you can't tell that from a single pair of jeans. A person's image includes the entire outfit, accessories, hairstyle, grooming choices, and attitude. 

And at the end of the day, it doesn't matter if your image is popular or PC. All that matters is that it stays true to yourself so that you can interact with people in an authentic and honest way.

I wear destroyed jeans all. the. time. I just wore some last night!

Do you love the look or hate it? Why? What do ripped jeans say about you? What do pristine jeans say about you? Or do you prefer a more middle-of-the-road, mute pair of jeans??