Nordstrom’s Selling Work Jeans Covered In Faux Mud For $425
Because actually doing work in your jeans and getting dirty is far too difficult.
Very few retailers come close to the ridiculous things Urban Outfitters sells, but Nordstrom's is coming in a pretty close second. During the holidays, Nordstrom's sold a leather-wrapped rock for $85. People were quick to make fun of them, but joke was on us since the rock sold out. Yeah, people actually paid alomost a hundred dollars for something they could get in their backyard.
Now, a new pair of jeans the department store is peddling is having many laugh and scratch their heads.
Nordstrom's is selling the new Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans for $425. The price isn't that shocking, but the faux-mud smeared on the pants is. Nordstrom describes the pants as "rugged Americana workwear that's seen some hard-working action with a crackled, caked-on muddy coating that shows you're not afraid to get down and dirty."
That's right, for over four hundred bucks they'll give you a hardworking look without actually having to participate in that dreaded manual labor. Since the pants were put online, they have gone viral with many people making fun of the pants. You could always get cheap jeans and simply go outside and try doing some work. Same look, but you'll actually appreciate how they got that way.
I understand the appeal of buying broken-in jeans. I mean really, who has time these days to wait for a pair of jeans to naturally fade? I also understand the different cuts. Might as well get something that fits and feels comfortable. But they lost me years ago with their various stages of “distress.” The stone wash and the acid wash the rinsed wash and the bleached wash... And they really lost me when they started tearing holes in them on purpose......But forget the jeans themselves for a moment, and their price, and look again at the actual description. “Rugged Americana” is now synonymous with a “caked-on, muddy coating.” Not real mud. Fake mud. Something to foster the illusion of work. The illusion of effort. Or perhaps, for those who actually buy them, the illusion of sanity.......The Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans aren’t pants. They’re not even fashion. They’re a costume for wealthy people who see work as ironic – not iconic. To them, might I suggest the revolutionary new "Borax Wash," which I discovered some years ago while rescuing birds who had the misfortune of falling into Searle’s Lake in the lovely and picturesque town of Trona.
Read more about these crazy fashion trend at the Statesman website.