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River Styx and Where are the Fashion Police?

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   21 Comments | Posted in alex o'loughlin · contests · hugh jackman · johnny depp · Levi's

Have you seen the newest trend in men’s fashion? Yes, buttercup, men’s.  Levi’s calls these “Ex-Girlfriend” jeans, and here’s the description straight from the Levi’s website:

“Remember the girlfriend with the great style? Here’s a tribute to her — a fit that’s super-snug allover, an update of the five-pocket classic that’s as skinny as it gets. Made with plenty of stretch.”

Didn’t Rod Stewart wear these back in the day during his hair-like-a-rooster phase? And what guy wants to wear clothes that remind him of an ex, regardless of her fashion sense? I mean, had she been that terrific, she wouldn’t be an ex, right?

Now, the ever eclectic Johnny Depp might get away with this; we’ve seen him sport worse fashion choices than this over the years, haven’t we? And Hugh Jackman and Alex O’Loughlin could make it fly; but that’s an unfair argument since they could look sexy in granny flannels. Let’s be honest, most men out there—Larry the Cable Guy, for instance—might want to steer clear of these puppies.

The cost for a man to wear jeans reminiscent of the movie “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and think of his ex-girlfriend at the same time? $69.50.

Chortling at the mental image this trend will provide? Priceless.

For my writer pals:

The River Styx magazine is hosting two contests with great big paychecks ($1500.00 each) for the first prize winners.  The entry fee for each is high at $20.00, but that includes a one year subscription (3 issues). Here’s the skinny with links provided:

River Styx
2011 International Poetry Contest 
Submit three poems, 14 pages or less.
$20.00 fee, $1500.00 1st prize payout.

River Styx
2012 Schlafly Beer Micro-Fiction Contest
Submit up to three stories per entry, 500 words max per story. 
$20.00 fee, $1500.00 1st prize payout (plus a case of micro-brewed Schlafly beer.)

As a rule, I submit only to contests where the entry fee is $10.00 or less; but the payout is great on these, and they accept up to three submissions per entry where most contests allow only one. And you get three issues of their magazine.  Sounds like a win-win to me!

Til next time –

P.S.  My contest is open until the 25th! There’s still time to enter. Click the tab under the blog header for details.

P.S.S. If you missed my last post, please scroll down and respond to the poll. Thanks!

21 Responses to "River Styx and Where are the Fashion Police?"

  1. Comment by Sioux Roslawski
    February 18, 2011 at 7:57 am  

    Lisa–Thanks for the contest information. And thanks for the alert. This new trend is horrifying!Guys: If you don't have a "six-pack" but instead have a "keg" or a "barrel," please do not wear these jeans. Think of the safety of fellow human beings everywhere. (You don't want to be responsible for causing us to gouge our eyes out, do you?)

  2. Comment by Diane
    February 18, 2011 at 8:29 am  

    I guess there are a lot of big girls and smaller men out there if they can fit into the girls jean. Happily my husband and I could not pull this one off. :O)

  3. Comment by jabblog
    February 18, 2011 at 8:56 am  

    They look like the sort of jeans a man might wear if he's decided he's not really into girls after all;-)

  4. Comment by Jules
    February 18, 2011 at 9:29 am  

    I remember when those jeans were in style, way back when πŸ™‚ Jabblog, made me laugh.Thanks for the links.Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  5. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    February 18, 2011 at 9:55 am  

    Ewww! No, Please! Nobody should be packaged in these. Thanks for the call outs.

  6. Comment by Tony Benson
    February 18, 2011 at 11:38 am  

    Tee hee! I think guys without mirrors might be the only ones to wear those!

  7. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    February 18, 2011 at 11:48 am  

    Hi Lisa, this is funny. Plenty will try them, I'm sure. The name cracks me up. I don't know much about fashion, but my friend Nancy told me last year about NYDJ's (Not Your Daughter's Jeans) that are made for mamas with a secret panel inside to help flatten down the belly … the "Ex-Girlfriend" name of the ones you show kind of remind me of that!Have a great weekend!

  8. Comment by Sally
    February 18, 2011 at 4:26 pm  

    This is the kind of jean that will get you noticed, whether you look good in them or not. Clearly a conversation starter!

  9. Comment by Laraine Eddington
    February 18, 2011 at 5:25 pm  

    Those are as bad as "manpris" which are the masculine version of capris. Horrifying.

  10. Comment by Stephanie
    February 18, 2011 at 7:16 pm  

    I know gay men that would never attempt to wear those. I have yet to see a man that can pull off the skinny jeans…

  11. Comment by Tammy
    February 19, 2011 at 12:42 pm  

    I entered River Styx once. Didn't win (obviously, or I'd be shouting it everywhere), but the magazine was definitely worth the entry fee. I've enjoyed reading about the jeans. Honestly, in high schools in my area the boys are still wearing pants so big that they slide down. This keeps them from running in the halls because they must shuffle when they walk (slightly positive), but it also reveals WAY too much underwear (a definite negative, because monitoring boxer-exposure is another one of my duties that I'd be real happy to do without). So my first thought was, "what kind of impact will these jeans have on school kids?" Is cutting off pelvic circulation truly a BAD thing in a teenager, at least when he's in school? Wouldn't it divert the blood to his brain? I'm just sayin'.

  12. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    February 19, 2011 at 4:29 pm  

    Hi Sioux – Thanks for the great advice to all the men out there! LOL You're a hoot!Hi Diane – Thank goodness, my hubby and I wouldn't manage it either. :)Hey Jabblog – I agree! They are a tad, um, emasculating, are they not?Hi Jules – They were a trend with some of the 70s rockers, I think. A trend that was short lived for a reason. What is Levi's thinking?Hey Linda – LOL Scary, huh?Hi Tony – Ha! You're right about that. Hey Kathy – I've heard about NYDJ's. They're expensive, but I have a friend who found them for about half price on E-bay.Hi Sally – Good point. I suppose to some, negative attention is better than no attention at all! (My daughter's kitten lives by this rule.)Hey Laraine – I'm new to manpris. Thank goodness! I hope the trend is short lived.Hi Steph – You finally decided to follow your mama! LOL I knew eventually you'd have something you wanted to say. LOL Love you.Hey Tammy – Ha ha! Don't give my husband any ideas. He'll start passing them out to every boy my 16-year-old brings home to meet and greet. LOL The pants-hanging-off-the-butt trend is so ridiculous. Thank you for doing your part to re-pants the high school boys in your area. Your efforts are heroic. πŸ™‚

  13. Comment by Francesca Amendolia
    February 20, 2011 at 5:06 pm  

    Honestly, almost no one should be wearing those jeans. Okay, maybe a 12 year old. Maybe. But only if she has chucks to wear them with.

  14. Comment by anita
    February 20, 2011 at 6:12 pm  

    I don't know how I'd react if I saw a guy in pants like that — I would either burst out laughing or gag! By the way, Ambi is my fuzzy cat. Where in NY did your daughter go to college?

  15. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    February 20, 2011 at 11:15 pm  

    Hi Francesca – I'm not sure a 12-year-old could pull off that look, either! LOLHi Anita – Need to see a pic of Ambi! πŸ™‚ My daughter attended SUNY New Paltz. She loved it, and from the stories I keep hearing from her "college days" she had way too much fun!

  16. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    February 20, 2011 at 11:19 pm  

    I saw this on facebook and didn't have time to come check it out, but I'm glad I finally made it over. This is the kind of fashion trend I DREAD because only the really skinny people look good in these pants. Hence the term – skinny jeans, I guess!! I hope it doesn't catch on.And 102 followers is awesome!!! Way to go, Lisa!! I know two of my sisters read your blog, but haven't signed up to follow yet. I'm working on them! πŸ™‚

  17. Comment by Michael G-G
    February 21, 2011 at 12:07 pm  

    Sheesh! (On the "ex girlfriend" jeans).A guy would have to drink a lot of that Schlafly beer to even contemplate these. I predict colossal marketing failure and subsequent firing of Levi's ad agency.

  18. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    February 21, 2011 at 6:06 pm  

    Hey Deb – Thanks! My own daughter just signed up the other day (after all this time!) because she wanted to leave a comment about these awful jeans. And you mama left me a comment one day last week. πŸ™‚ I really appreciate the support.Hi Michael – You made me laugh out loud. I agree. A whole LOT of beer! I agree with your prediction whole-heartedly.

  19. Comment by Nick Thomas
    February 22, 2011 at 8:38 am  

    Happy Presidents’ Pets Day – the day after Presidents' Day, as I like to call it. See my blog for a good ol' howl.

  20. Comment by Margaret
    February 23, 2011 at 1:20 pm  

    Ha. My son wears skinny jeans. He is young an lithe and has the look to pull it off. We had good ol' dad try them on and even though he cuts a wonderfully athletic figure himself, we all cried with laughter. (The shirt being tucked in was the icing on the cake…). Actually skinny people don't look good in these. It has to be an in-shape body, but not too muscular… very tricky. And yes, Johnny Depp can pull these off – as well as flannel pj's. Did you see him in "The Tourist"! πŸ˜‰

  21. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    February 23, 2011 at 9:01 pm  

    Hi Nick – Thanks for visiting. :)Hey Margaret – I hope you took comparison pics. LOL I'd have to drug my husband and hog tie him to get him to try on a pair of those, and he's slim and trim but not willing to give up his relaxed fit for anything. Unfortunately, I missed the Tourist, but I love Johnny, so I'll watch it eventually. πŸ™‚

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