I had a hard time understanding the Texas drawl when I first moved to this great state. I'd have to have people repeat themselves to get what they were trying to say. Someone gave me a small book, titled "How to Speak Southern" that I found extremely helpful. It defined such words and phrases as:
Lot Bub: a glass orb powered by electricity for illumination
Ahl: a black substance that comes from the ground, used to run machinery
Ay-rabs: people who own most of the ahl
Janes: pants made of denim
"Janes" used in a sentence: HooEEE! Them'r sum tot janes!
Translation: HooEEE! Them are some tight jeans.
Today I'd like to discuss Tot Janes. As I was digging through my closet to find a suitable pair of jeans to wear in public, I noticed that I have a whole stack of jeans I never wear. Most of them have been retired because of paint splatters, one has a hole from climbing through a barb wire fence ("Bob War" in Southern-speak), and a couple are....well, too "tot."
As much as it pains me to think that they are too "tot" because I'm carrying around more junk in my trunk, the sad truth is that I may need to go up a size (TEMPORARILY). Jeans are probably the most important staple of my wardrobe and I find myself dire straights without them.
Jeans and heels? Upscale.
Jeans and tennis shoes? Practical.
Jeans and bare feet? Heavenly.
Paint-splattered grungy jeans? Sloppy.
Too-tight jeans and any of the above? Not a look I'm proud of.
A good pair of jeans is essential for those "I don't know what to wear" days. You can pair them with a cute top and heels and look like you're ready for a hot date with your man. And who doesn't want to look like that?? Or you can put them with some flats and a comfy shirt and look classically casual.
Today's Small Thing is to take stock of your jean selection. Do you have pairs that are two sizes too small because you're hoping to get back into them? Are you still wearing jeans in a Junior size that doesn't fit your "Mommy" body? Are you hanging on to your favorite jeans even though they are so threadbare we can see your flowered underwear through them? It's time to let them go.
POINTS: 40 for weeding your "Janes" down to the pairs you should actually wear.
BONUS: 20 for weeding the "Janes" in a family member's closet (with their permission, of course)
Company Girl Poll: what's your favorite brand of jeans and where do you get them?