I won't be posting again until Monday; I'll be on retreat with the All Saints confirmation class. Try and keep the comments section civil!
I note that the Los Angeles Times has finally caught on to what I -- and a whole bunch of other guys -- have known for a while: tight women's jeans are in for men.
In the no-mercy world of fashion, skinny jeans are back. Some styles are essentially denim leggings — slim all over and tapered to just 5 inches across at the ankle. They should come with a warning label: Objects in mirror are even tighter than they appear.
Men are being targeted too. Los Angeles-based premium denim leader 7 for All Mankind, which began selling narrow jeans in Europe a year ago, introduced its Slimmy line for men last fall and now has a style that's even slimmer.
It was young men who helped relaunch the trend at Levi Strauss & Co.
About three years ago, the San Francisco company that dressed America in denim noticed a subculture of "young rock 'n' roll guys" wearing narrow pants at music festivals, spokeswoman Amy Jasmer said. To get the look they were after, some bought girls' pants — which they dubbed "GPs."
"They wanted them just so skinny and tight," she said.
I bought my first pair of GPs three years ago, at a little store in South Beach. The saleswoman convinced me to try them, and I've been buying pairs ever since. Not all of my jeans are GPs, but quite a few are. And no, I don't teach in the tightest of the tight pairs.
Still, I'm glad that the Times is on the ball.
UPDATE: If you live in Los Angeles, and you want great prices on designer jeans (50%-80% off of Sevens, True Religion, Antik Denim, Diesel, Sacred Blue, etc.) you must go to Maria's Fashions at 134 E. Valley Boulevard in Alhambra. Denim heaven, I promise.