I saw the picture of this... garment last week on Dustbury, and this morning Sarah Hoyt posted about it on Instapundit.
Thing is, I'm not sure that's more egregious than this item:
New jeans made to look muddy splashed onto Nordstrom’s site for the dirty price of $425 per pair!The description posted on the retailers page implies that it’s hip to be “down and dirty”:“Heavily distressed medium-blue denim jeans in a comfortable straight-leg fit embody 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.”
Personally, I'm with Mike Rowe:
This morning, for your consideration, I offer further proof that our country’s war on work continues to rage in all corners of polite society. Behold the latest assault from Nordstrom’s. The “Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans.”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.
Ain't that the truth.
At this moment I'm wearing what are known as "dungaree fit work jeans" from Cabela's with carpenter-style pockets. I'm not a carpenter, so there's some irony in my wearing these, but on those rare occasions when I actually do work with my hands I do find the extra pockets handy. Also, unlike entirely too many pants sold these days my carpenter jeans actually have belt loops in the same zip code as the button and fly.
Also also, my most recent order -- just now -- was placed in part because they're on sale for around $20 a pair.