WOMEN’S CLOTHES – ripped or ripped off?

by Corinne

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Will someone please explain to me what is happening with women’s fashions?

I have a pair of red sneakers that are OLD.  I mean old.

They have holes in them.  The rubber base is loose.  The lining is poking out.  The red laces are broken and tied in knots.

They are so comfortable.  And they have sentimental value.  Those sneakers were made for walking.  And they have.   To the four corners of the world.  Name the country.  They have seen it.

I wear them around the house but they are so disreputable that I change my footware when the UPS guy comes to the door.

I would not want him to see them.

The other day I forgot I had them on when I ran to the store.

A young woman came up to me in the parking lot.

“Where did you get those sneakers?  What size are they?”

Shamed.  “Oh.  I forgot to change.”

How much do you want for them?


I want to buy them.  I’ll give you $20.00.  They are so cool.

I got into my car as fast as I could.  Obviously, a crazy.

Spring is coming.  I needed a new pair of jeans and some T-shirts..  Went to the Gap.

I called the salesperson aside.

“Do you know that all the merchandise here is damaged?

The jeans are ripped.  They have holes in them.

Even the T-shirts are ripped.”

Oh, she said, that’s the style.  They are all like that.


So I went to Macy’s.  A more conservative store.  Their jeans were ripped too.

I went home.  I already have worn out jeans.  I’ll just keep wearing them.

Fortunately, I happened upon a blog called Second Hand Roses. Dawn had written an article about Good Will shopping.  She said they had a “Jeans Department.”

Sent her an email.  Are the jeans there all ripped?.

Oh, no, she said, they are from an earlier time.  They are in good condition but you will have to rip them yourself if you want to be in style.

(I don’t think so)

I know where I am going to shop from now on.

But I wish I knew where I could find that young woman.  I am willing to sell the sneakers for $20.00.  If you are reading this, call me.

I can buy some nice new Keds.

And I will wait to buy women’s clothes when I come back in style.

It is sad when you are too old to be “cool.”

How cool are you?

Interview with Dawn from 2nd Hand Roses

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Dawn March 11, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Thanks Corinne, for the link! Yes, you can spend a huge chunk of money on jeans that are new and stylishly ripped or you can go to Goodwill, pay no more than $5 and get them either pre-ripped or rip them yourself. Then take the difference and go buy a new pair of Keds!
.-= Dawn´s last blog ..Thrift Store Treasures =-.


March 12, 2010 at 5:50 am

No Dawn –

I will not rip them!

And I will not wear anything with holes, rips or patches.

Except my red sneakers. Have not found a buyer yet.


Michelle Vandepas March 11, 2010 at 4:52 pm

I think those new keds will be more than $20.00. Actually I think your red ones should go for more. They are in style. $90.00
My mom still has clothes from the 60’s. Almost in style – almost. But I still love basic clothes – clean pants, skirts, dresses. . I hardly ever wear jeans. Maybe its the years I spent in England rubbing off…?


March 12, 2010 at 5:54 am

Dear Michelle –

Diana Vreeland, the legendary editor of Vogue had a wonderful quote.

She said –

“After 30, a woman should only look suitable.”

Congratulations on your new site,

What a great idea to do short interviews with authors at a reasonable price.

We’ll be watching.

PS If you find me a buyer for the sneakers for $90.00, I’ll pay you an affiliate commission.


Benjamin March 11, 2010 at 10:33 pm

At the ripe old age of 34… I’m also too old to be cool (I knew it was going to happen… just not this soon).


I really don’t like the rips… (unless I came by them honestly… that’s clothing with character)… but I’m really tired of exposed underwear. Exposed underwear waistband is forgivable… but when it looks like someone intentionally bloused their boxers over the back of their jeans… what’s the point of even wearing the pants?

Thanks, Corinne… this post definitely brought up a few laughs.

keep smiling,

.-= Benjamin´s last blog ..Free Video 8 – Focus & Flow =-.


March 12, 2010 at 5:56 am

Benjamin –

I could not even go here –

‘Exposed underwear waistband is forgivable… but when it looks like someone intentionally bloused their boxers over the back of their jeans… what’s the point of even wearing the pants?”

Please. Women’s fashions are bad enough.

Glad I gave you a giggle, though.


andrew from Blogging Guide
March 12, 2010 at 2:02 am

I like to think I dress for my age – nothing is ripped.

I think people in their ‘older’ years who try to dress ‘hip, young and cool’ look stupid. There was a guy in the bank the other day. He was sixty-odd and he had leather trousers (pants) on, cowboy boots and a vest thing with chains hanging from it. His hair was long, grey and in a ponytail.

He obviously thought he looked cool – he didn’t…just stupid.

If I were much younger would I be wearing ripped clothing? Absolutely yes!

When I were younger I loved the latest high-street fashions…spent most of my income on clothes.

.-= andrew @ Blogging Guide´s last blog ..How You Can Win $6921 In Prizes When Two Social Media Business Players Get Together =-.


March 12, 2010 at 6:02 am

Dear Andrew –

I never could understand why men who were mostly bald grew long ponytails. And they do.

It’s almost as bad when they grow their side hair long and comb it over the bald head. Doesn’t fool anyone and it really looks bad when they get in a wind.

If you are bald – be bald. Most women do not find it so unattractive.

It’s what is inside the head that is the sexiest thing. Give me smart anytime.


Bruce "the Mid-Life Mentor" March 12, 2010 at 4:47 am

I am amazed to see people buy ripped clothes for more than I used to pay for a suit. I am like you Corinne. I do not see the benefit or attraction. There must have been some popular person or group that started this trend. Maybe those really skinny ties and Madras sport coats that I saved will be back too. When I wore ripped jeans it was because we did not have the money to even patch our old ones.
.-= Bruce “the Mid-Life Mentor”´s last blog ..SKIN CANCER-5 FACTS TO KNOW =-.


March 12, 2010 at 6:04 am

Dear Bruce –

I would save those skinny ties. Ties have a way of reinventing themselves.

But the Madras sports coats?

Get them to Good Will. You will even get a tax deduction.


March 12, 2010 at 6:56 am

There’s a saying, “If you wore the style the first time it came around, you can’t the second.” Or the third.

Red ratty canvas sneakers? Yeah – you can do better than $20. If they’re red canvas Converse All Stars, as depicted in your illustration, they you can get closer to $100.
.-= RhondaL´s last blog ..Undercover Boss – Churchill Downs edition =-.


March 12, 2010 at 8:10 am

Dear RhondaL –

No such luck. They are not Converse All Stars. Just picked up a picture of red sneakers from Flickr.

They are SUPERGA.

I have never seen the brand since. I think they are a German company.

But thanks for the advice – and for contributing to the conversation here.

Always enjoy your comments.


David Rogers
March 12, 2010 at 10:56 am

The days are long gone when I wear anything ripped; as I said in my last post I tend to avoid dressing shabby even at home as it tends to make me act like a slob!
What I can’t stand of modern fashion is wearing trousers half way down the bottom, exposing underwear. What are belts for!!
.-= David Rogers´s last blog ..Do clothes make a person? =-.


March 12, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Dear David –

I agree with this –

“What I can’t stand of modern fashion is wearing trousers half way down the bottom, exposing underwear. What are belts for!!”

I can’t even imagine how that started to be a trend.

The worst part of it is that the underwear is not even attractive..

I am not a bit surprised that you dress nicely at home. You are so
precise in your writing that I always picture you with a fresh shave and neat clothes. An orderly person with an orderly mind.


June March 12, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Hi Corinne: Your article struck a note with me. This past Sunday I was shopping in upscale Rhinebeck, N.Y. and passed a fancy store with an outside display of blue jeans with at least 10 rips. I thought – not even Goodwill or Salvation Army would take them. I would even be reluctant to let my garbage man see them. The price tag was $100. Ugh, I guess I’m not cool either. June


March 12, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Dear June –

Although Rhinebeck, New York is a tourist attraction and an elegant small town – it is still about 90 miles north of New York City.

You would think that people in that mostly rural community would laugh at torn jeans. They would not buy them.

Many in the area are still farmers and run apple orchards.

It would seem that they would scorn torn jeans. They wear them to work. Not for fashion.

To spare their nice clothes for special events. Maybe a wedding or an anniversary party – or a christening.

So, my question is -WHERE does it stop?

We need a revolution to get back to civility.

I say – down with cool. Back to looking “suitable.”


Frank Cap March 12, 2010 at 5:47 pm

I have always dressed conservatively due to my job as a teacher.
In one school I taught in, men had to wear jackets, shirts, ties and dress pants.
However, your article brought to mind an incident a long time ago when I developed a tear in the seam of my pants(back side). Teaching mathematics is unlike teaching English or History where one can avoid any difficulty by sitting down and lecturing; I MUST USE THE BOARD WHEN I TEACH MY SUBJECT!
So, I stood up, used a notebook in my left hand in an attempt to cover
the tear, and with a marker in my right hand, continued to write on the board.
The students burst out into laughter; I was in shock; I had to complete the lesson and luckily my underwear showed well! So much for ripped clothing!


Reed March 12, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Corinne: your ripped women’s cloths article struck a sharp nerve with me.
There was an article a week or two ago in the Tribune abut the demise of ties. Its more the than demise of ties and ripped clothing. It’s the demise of society leaving in its wake a ripped society. We all look like slobs and behave like animals. It certainly is no Easter Parade walking down Michigan avenue. One is challenged to find one example of “well-dressed”. Our verbage today is filled with four letter words that no longer make one blush. Scams have replaced integrity. Trust has gone bust. I turn on CBS-Tv and find an interviewer questioning Bill Gates. “Tell us:, Bill, he asks, “What really pis-s-es you off ” MR Gates, obviously some what tken aback responds, “Well what does concern me..” “No! No!, Bill” interups the interviewer, ” what really Pis-s-es you off! Can you imagine this on national TV??!. We live in a society of ripped clothing and short sleve mediocrity. Enough! I say.


March 12, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Reed -you have opened a new can of worms here.

It’s not just the torn jeans.

It has evolved into a society that has no respect for the conversations and venues we attend.

Which leads to no respect – period.

Do you remember when you went to a play in Chicago or to the Opera that you DRESSED NICELY for the occasion?

Not in sequins. (although you saw that too)

But the men wore suits and a tie – the women nice dresses.

I saw that interview with Bill Gates. I was horrified.

How dare that interviewer insult, not only a legend in business – but one of the world’s most generous philanthropists with a crass question like that?

How can we go home again?


Reed Badgley March 13, 2010 at 8:58 am

We’re on the same page, Corinne. I knew we would be!


March 13, 2010 at 12:10 pm


Right, as always, Reed.


Sondra March 14, 2010 at 7:55 am

What size shoe are you? I have a pair of red sneakers that are barely worn that I would be willing to pass on to you. Someone gave them to me and I am not the red sneaker type…whatever that means. As much as I love fashion, there will be no ripped clothes for me. I love a polished look. Now if I could just keep my mouth from being ripped.


March 14, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Sondra – you are the voice of the Universe to me.

7 1/2 – 8.

There are no red sneakers out there!

Want them!


Sharon Beck March 15, 2010 at 4:31 am

Corinne I don’t know what’s funnier, your post or the comments back and forth between you and your readers. I laughed all the way to the bottom.

The torn jeans don’t bother me nearly as much as the boys pants down below their rear ends. I think they are all going to have severe back problems later in life due to how they have to walk to keep their pants from hitting the ground.

O well, at least they won’t be snatching any purses and trying to run. Ha!

.-= Sharon Beck´s last blog ..The Wise Man’s Wife =-.


March 15, 2010 at 6:54 am

Hi Sharon –

I loved all the comments too!

I even got an offering for a new pair of red sneakers.

How nice is that. And “cool.”


18 Tyres March 16, 2010 at 10:42 am

Haha what an excellent post!!

I have a rake load of oily clothes that are stained and covered in paint ect and the kids inmy local pub think i am cutting edge in fashion… I just do some work!

.-= 18 Tyres´s last blog ..Welcome To 18 Tyres =-.


March 16, 2010 at 10:52 am


I bet before you knew me, you had no idea you were in style.


Jesica December 31, 2010 at 1:01 pm

We girls have new fashion tendencies in these days. However, I do not know why that girl wanted to buy your old snickers. I mean, I used to buy jeans with holes and some shirts too but brand new!! There is a huge difference of buying clothing designed with holes than acquiring old one .
.-= Jesica´s last blog ..Kitchen Cabinets =-.


Jamie September 16, 2011 at 12:10 pm

I’m 28 and I’m too old to be cool, my little brother laughs at the things I wear all the time…and I don’t think I look too bad! So, I definitely feel ya! I have a few things that I’ve had forEVER and could never imagine giving them away, even when I get looks when I wear them…typically from my mother!


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