Friday, November 7, 2008
Pegged Jeans: It's Just Not Right
Maybe it's because instead of elongating the leg, they cut you off at that mystery frump area between the calf and the ankle.
Maybe it's because it just seems so contrived that it's got to be the fashion gods playing some hideous, cruel joke on us.
Maybe the thought of reliving awkward pegged-jean-high school days makes me break out into a cold sweat. (Can't...get...cuffs..tight...enough! Must...cut off....circulation...around ankles!)
Whatever it is, the return of the pegged jean has me not only scratching my head, but actually throwing my hands up to the sky crying, "Why? Why? Why?" And, in case you're thinking, "She's just jealous because Hollywood starlets can get away with it and she can't," the proof is in the pudding, or in this case, the pictures.
I'm not the first to recoil in horror over this latest revival of an'80s trend. The entire blogosphere has collectively shuddered over pegs, pegs, pegs. Even Project Runway's Tim Gunn has thrown in his two cents.“I have to say, Katie Holmes has become so much more sophisticated in so many ways, but I think she’s in a dip right now. I can’t explain it."
So now your thinking, "Everyone just calm down. What is so wrong with a little harmless cuff-and-roll?"
Well, for starters, they make even the most statuesque woman look stumpy. Take Katie Holmes, who towers over her sweet little hubby. Dowdy, dowdy, dowdy. Pants, skirts, etc. that cut you off right above the ankle are sure to up your frump quotient. Second, they make an outfit look, well, juvenile. Remember your rolled-up hand-me-down Toughskins? Finally, why would you spend time and money on a great-looking blazer (a-la Amanda Peet), hot shoes, and the clutch that pulls it all together just to have a hot mess of faded, rolled-up denim anchoring all of it?
But, if you must do it, at least do it with jeans that are already straight-legged or skinny. Then, you can just roll a couple times WITHOUT the prerequisite fold-over, which ends up giving that parachute-pant/bozo-the-clown effect.
So, my story with pegs ends here. I'm not anti-'80s. I got on board with skinny jeans (can we just say tapered, for God's sake?), leggings, off-the-shoulder tees, and even leg warmers. But, pegged jeans...I'm sorry...they'll be no rekindling with you in my closet.