Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Apparently I wear retro jeans, do you? Do you know it? Are you sure?

Every fall, an amazing and much anticipated event takes place in my little corner of the world...the _____ ____ Childrens Academy Rummage Sale! Although they call it an Academy, it is actually a preschool..the kind you call while you are in labor to put your child's name on their list...the kind that costs more per month than many people spend on their mortgage...the kind I didn't even consider sending Sam too....

"Amazing stuff" doesn't even begin to describe the treasures that can be found (by us common folk...people actually line up and wait for them to cut the rope at 9:00 and then RUN in to try to get dibs on the best stuff....think running of the bulls or Filene's Basement Wedding Dress Sale) Do you love the bedding and curtains in the Pottery Barn catalogue? These people get new stuff every year and donate their "old" stuff to the sale. Do you mind carrying last falls hottest designer handbag? If you do, don't come...If your baby needs new duds, among the Gap and Gymboree, you will find oodles of boutique stuff with the tags still on, Baby Lulu, Catimini, Cakewalk and Mini Boden were among my finds this year.

So yes, it's a great yard sale, but it's not actually what I wanted to write about. Something happened to me there. An eye opening, life changing moment....

While I was pillaging through a pile of jeans I came across a cute pair from the Gap that looked like a favorite pair THAT I ALREADY HAVE. They were in great shape, but a peek inside revealed that they were a size 4 and therefore not coming home with me.

A few minutes later a couple of college aged girls (they were wearing sweatshirts from a college that is just up the road, so I am pretty certain of their age) picked up the jeans and started laughing. Hard.

"Oh my gosh, look at these jeans! They are so retro!" (I got the impression that "retro" wasn't a good thing...)

"Those are hilarious! They look just like the jeans that I wore in middle school!"

I quickly did the math and realized that if these girls were 18 then middle school was five or six years ago...I thought about the last time that I went out and bought jeans (other than post baby, fat jeans from Target) for myself...Hmm....yup, that would have been five or six years ago...you know, before I had kids..back when I had lots of disposable time and income for myself....

I thought about saying something clever, but I couldn't think of anything. I was too upset (not really). I know that I am not a fashionista....Most days, I wear a mommy uniform...yoga pants, cotton t shirts, flip flops, sneakers or ugly but very comfortable Dansko clogs. I KNOW THAT THESE THINGS ARE NOT STYLISH, and I thought that I knew which things in my closet probably needed to go, but apparently, I don't. I had no idea that my jeans are laughably unfashionable, none at all. How many other things in my closet fit into that same category? That's the part that botheres me. I'm actually okay with the fact that I don't have the same clothes as the cool kids...it's the not knowing part. I think I'm still cool, and I'm not! Actually, I'm okay with that too...It's more what it represents...

I'm scared. It's happened. I've become my mother, and your mother and their mothers. I don't know what's cool. I have no idea. I also have no idea when 2001 became retro. What does that make 1992 (the year I graduated from high school)? Antique? I'm going to go listen to some Arrested Developmen and fold my retro jeans. Tomorrow I might go shopping for a Halloween sweater...you know something with pumpkins and witches and maybe some sparkle! Cool!

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7 comments:

Michelle said...

So I'm not even a mother yet and I still have the same problem. My boyfriend, who is 4+ years younger than me, often kindly informs me that I may want to donate a particular article of clothing I have on. Really? I used to dress cool. Really cool. Ok, that was back in college ('93-'97) But I'd promised myself I wouldn't stick in that era, that I'd try to keep up. But I also don't want to be one of those women who are dressing 20 years younger than they are. Have you seen them? They are wearing halter tops and skinny jeans and look like they're about to go to the club while they are standing in line with their teenage daughter to buy some more trendy clothes. (Shudder). Yes, I would much rather be a bit outdated than embarrassingly trying too hard.

ps- don't forget the matching pumpkin earrings.

Bethany said...

Right there with you I love those Gap Jeans. And Sarah I know you still have some loud pumpkin socks to wear with your sweater right. HEE HEE.

So today I am wearing Gap jeans and a t-shirt with alphabet animals on it. But hey I am cool with the 4 year olds....they all want to marry me including my son.

BTW I have no idea what music is cool anymore....I never thought that day would come. But I really could care less

Sarah said...

Michelle-I know exactly the kind of women you are talking about and I agree, I'd DON'T want to look like that. Younger guy, that's great! My hubby is 6 years older than me, so he's no help at all...

Bethany-Believe it or not I don't have any silly socks...but the memory of them makes me think that maybe I was never cool! Yeah, I don't care either...

Beth Young said...

Girl, I graduated from High School in 1992 and love me some Arrested Development. And retro jeans. Do my Gap Long and Leans qualify as retro? I guess they do. I do have Seven jeans that I love to hate to wear. I love to wear them, but I hate to feel my roll(s) over top of them when I sit. So, I really don't love, love wearing them, but I feel the need to at least say I own designer jeans.

Dorky moms, unite!

Sarah said...

Beth-
We're the same "vintage", I graduated in 1992 as well. Can I hear a "Tennessee"?

Beth Young said...

We need to discuss more on this subject. I honestly think I dress cool and clearly, do not. Who is the authority, though? I need some clarity! Are Gap jeans retro? I don't get it. It's not like they are the reverse fit, where they are bigger on top, sitting high on the waist and come down to a screeching halt at the calf. You know?

Like I said, we must revisit.

lipsticktocrayons said...

You are too funny! I love how you write. I can remember when I found out that banana clips were no longer cool. I was talking with two moms that I had just met. We got on the subject of fashion and a negative reference was made about banana clips. Let's just say that when it was time to say good-bye I walked away backwards.

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