How To Tell If Your Relationship Is Intergenerational
Let’s face it, demographics is hard.
Generational demographics is particularly hard. How can we know who’s a delicate, entitled Millennial when demographers can’t even agree on when Generation X ended? Maybe the late Gen-Xers—the teenage Slackers of the early-to-mid 90s—slept through the Generational Alarm Clock after an all-night bender, forever skewing the data.
Regardless, there’s one litmus test that might work pretty well for many of us, and it’s this: does Bae crease his jeans, or na?
Or maybe this only works in my household.
D and I are decidedly not members of the same generation. He’s old enough to potentially have rocked this nightmare:
(Via Plaid Stallions; WP app on my tablet is borked so I’ll add a caption & link later.)
I’m young enough, thankfully, to know such horrors only as relics of the great murky time before I came into this world. …Though my generation has already ruined the fedora for everyone and, I’m sure, will be hoist high by its own fashionable petards sooner or later (my money’s on skinny jeans and ironic ugly sweaters, even though I only ever wear skinny jeans and I like ironic ugly sweaters).
The closest analog visited upon me by my parents was the timeless and traditional sailor suit, which is fairly inoffensive, albeit a strange sartorial affectation given both the wild impracticality of clothing toddlers in pristine whites and the minuscule number of toddlers actually employed by the Navies of the world.
- Predictably, perhaps, I loved the sailor suit with a kind of fetishistic devotion (I still think men in Navy whites look fantastic). Evidently I’ve been one giant queer cliché from the word “Faaaabulouuuuus!” …I mean, “Go.” I remember loving it, and I insisted on wearing the little striped tank top that went with it long after I outgrew the less-stretchy bits. I would probably still be trying to wear it if it had not mysteriously disappeared.
But, ultimately, the fault line along which our house truly divides is that of creased jeans. D wants all his jeans creased; I reel in horror at the thought. But I crease his anyway, because I want him to be happy. I only own one pair of jeans, and occasionally I crease them by mistake, and have gone as far as running them through the washing machine all over again just to get the crease out.
- The easy way to do this is to take the jeans piping hot from the dryer, then fold them in such a way that the outside leg seam aligns worth the inseam. You can then press the resultant crease using only your hands.
So there you have it. A marital impasse, albeit one for which an amicable solution had been reached, founded upon a generational divide.
In case you’re wondering what touched this entire post off, it was this:
(Also via Plaid Stallions.)
I can’t imagine being so devoted to the idea of creasing one’s casual slacks that one imagines even the legtubes of Disco Onesies need creases o_o
That’s it for now. Class with BW tonight, and then probably immediately an entire sleeping pill because my head is full of troubled thoughts that have been keeping me awake at night, which may explain this entire post.
PS: based on the relative positions of creases and feet, I’m inclined to say dude at audience left (in the purple, yet somehow less frightening, Disco Onesie) has better turnout than his clothing does. So uncomfortable o.o
Posted on 2017/10/19, in attempted humor, it is a silly place, life and tagged do you crease your jeans, paid stallions, terrible sartorial cliches of the 1970s. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.
So do you think you’ll be returning to your fashion roots as you get older?
That’s a fine question. Though I don’t plan to aim for the moustache & chaps cliché look any time soon!
Oh, weird. For some reason, I couldn’t see this picture before. I’m on the fence about it—honestly, I think everyone except me looks hot in a sailor suit, but I think I would look frumpy in one now (danseur booty: looks great in tights; entirely questionable in so many other things) … But one never can tell.
Jeff Duff will be hard to match though. He was always the image of sartorial elegance.
A funny story about Duff’s getup on the Paul Hogan Show, which he also wore at the 1974 Sunbury Pop Festival.
The Festival was notorious for its homophobic crowd, which booed the little known UK group Queen off stage for being too gay (“Go back home you Pommy poofters!”. Before vacating the stage Freddie Mercury prophesised, “We’ll be back. And when we are we’ll be the biggest band in the world.”) The Australian glam pop band Skyhooks suffered a similar fate, causing its first vocalist to quit the music industry.
But when Kush came out (so to speak) with Jeff Duff’s outfit and full tilt camp performance they got a respectful reception from the audience. Maybe the homophobes among them were shocked into silence.
Here’s another example of his dress sense, which is about on par with his dancing and vocals. That’s the great Australian psychedelic rock song he’s butchering there.
The creased jeans are a scary thought indeed! But I suppose it’s alright as long as you don’t accidentally put a crease in your ballet tights!
Our generation not only completely ruined the trilby, it also insists on calling it a fedora. As an owner of an actual fedora (wide brim), I object! 😉
An excellent point about the trilby vs. fedora distinction! We have ruined both in one fell swoop!
I remember creased jeans, and I remember my brother and me begging our mom in vain not to iron our jeans.
I think D would love it if I ironed his jeans. Sometimes I wonder about him! ;D