The Story Of My Life…In Jeans

Inspired by a deluge of “clear the clutter from your life” articles, I finally got around to the arduous task of cleaning out my closet.  I was determined to do it the “proper” way and actually purge stuff, as opposed to my usual way of simply moving all the crap around in seemingly neater piles.

I began trying on all of my jeans and came to a stunning revelation…


I mean, we all have that one pair of jeans that we refuse to part with because one day, just maybe, either by some miracle of modern science or horrible stomach flu, we’ll fit into them again.  But this was more than a pair, this was many pairs of false hope on a shelf.

So as I was quite literally stepping into and out of the many threads of my past, I pondered my unwillingness to let go of these old, ill-fitting articles.  

You see, I’ve never been much into fashion…I was a jeans and sneaker wearing kid who turned into a jeans and sneaker wearing grown-up.  To the point where I pretty much plan my social life around the acceptability to show up in jeans. My first thought when I’m invited anywhere is “can I get away with jeans?”  Me having to wear a dress or skirt to an event is the equivalent of forcing a 6 year old boy into a suit and tie.  I will whine and complain and tug at my clothes until somebody gives me some ice cream to shut me up.

Me and Jeans:  A Timeline Of Our Love Affair

Late 1970’s/Early 1980’s

I was just a grade schooler and Jordache and Sassoon were all the rage.  I remember begging and convincing my mom to buy me a pair…no easy feat since they probably cost four times as much as the Sears brand jeans I usually wore.

Late 1980’s/Early 1990’s

My high school and college years.  Acid washed Levi’s and maybe I’d find a pair of the higher-end Guess jeans under the tree on Christmas morning.  I remember the teenage me always wanting to lose a few pounds, but man, hindsight really is 20/20.  And in that I mean that my middle-aged knee probably couldn’t get into my high school jeans now. They were tiny.

Mid-Late 1990’s

This was a dark time in our relationship, as I spent those years working in a professional office environment (translation: no jeans).  Every morning as I grudgingly slipped on my maroon shoulder-padded suit jacket and pants (why, just why?), I would stare longingly at the pile of jeans in my closet thinking “someday we’ll be together again.”


My child-bearing years.  I was so excited to be pregnant with my first child that I could not wait to fit into a new kind of jean…maternity jeans!  And five minutes after that sweet little baby was born, I could not wait to get the hell out of them.  And so it went through three kids and eight years, maternity jeans, regular jeans, back and forth.  As a stay-at-home mom during that time, jeans and I rekindled our romance and we were together every day, comfy and happy. And those jeans got spit-up on, colored on, and tugged on, and still they’d come out of the dryer, softer and more appealing, despite the abuse they took on a daily basis.


Ok, I’ll say it.  Sigh.  Mom jeans.  Well, maybe not total mom jeans, but close enough. A couple of years ago, I was jeans shopping (surprise) and couldn’t find anything I liked in the women’s section.  Being petite, I had the bright idea of heading to the Juniors section of the store.  Let’s just say it was a quick lesson in humility that had me fleeing to the old lady petite department in the hopes of regaining a shred of my self-confidence back.

And throughout all the better, brighter, bolder fashion fads over the years, I’ve never cheated on jeans.  Not with parachute pants, not with corduroys, not even with Lululemon leggings.

So there you have it…the story of my life in jeans.  And I wonder, am I alone in this?  Are there other women out there that have this allegiance?  If so, perhaps we could all meet up someday.  I imagine you’ll see us coming from a mile away…women of all ages, shapes and sizes, united in their devotion to (and of course, wearing) JEANS.

This post was originally published on Her View From Home.


12 comments on “The Story Of My Life…In Jeans

  1. Barbara Dutt says:

    So damn true. You’ve known me for almost 30 years so you know I identify.

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Janet says:

    You are so witty! What a great article! I think there are memories for women of all ages 😋

  3. Carmen says:

    I love the way you write 😂

  4. Fran Collica says:

    Janene, I can re-late. All winter I live in leggings. Every color they sell them in. Then I put on a long over blouse they you could wear when you first become pregnant. Well, I love this because when I eat, they stretch with me. Well, yesterday we went out and I decided to try on a pair of jeans. If these jeans could talk…….I finally got them on and won the fight. That’s what I get for wearing leggings everyday. I should be like you and be true to my jeans. FYI, these jeans were called, “not my Daughters Jeans.” 😞😡

  5. Elizabeth Perry says:

    We share the same history of Jeans!!! However, unlike you, I have not garnered the strength and honesty to clear the shelves. I still have the 2003 boot-camp-three-days-a-week- after baby #2 jeans, and the wore-only-once supposed-to-be-tight-but-not-that-tight western jeans from the “final” George Strait concert in 2011 on my shelves. Deep down I know they are relics of the past but still can’t seem to let them go!!!! I applaud your truth-seeking abilities! xoxo Libby

  6. Heather says:

    The guess jeans made me laugh… I wanted a pair but they were super pricey and we had no money. Then one day my mom came home from Price Club with a pair of Guess jeans for me!! They were like 3 sizes too big but as long as that triangle was visible on my butt I wore them like a boss!! Now during the late 80’s early 90’s (jr high and high school years) I wore jeans but they were pegged, and I wore them with the off brand Keds from Melvyn’s. I did fall into the Lu La Roe trap and wore leggings for about a year and a half, but I went back to my one true love… jeans. After kids my birthin hips didn’t shrink back to before kids size so now my jeans are Curvy high rise from Old Navy.

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