Friday, March 20, 2015
I was scanning through the Sunday flyers the other day when I came across the Sears ad. "Gee," I thought, "Those pants look rather ... unfortunate. Why are they so short?"
First off, these pants in the Sears ad are really ill-fitting - check out the bunching in the crotchal area and the way the pockets jut out in the above photo. AND they are too damn short. Back in MY day (heh), we called them highwaters. Highwaters are really popular with the elderly, who fear tripping over their pant hems and falling. My Mom, as she got older, would cuff her pants halfway up her calves so as to avoid an inadvertent fall.
But! Evidently highwaters are a thing now, because Sears is calling them "ankle pants", and it's not elderly people who are modeling them but considerably younger models. Who presumably will not understand if somebody MY age yells out "Hey, when's the FLOOD coming?" as they pass by.
Ankle pants. What WILL they think of next? Bell bottoms? Oh, wait, bell bottoms already came back - a couple of times. Overalls? I actually saw some overalls in a store this past weekend. It's like we are doomed to repeat the fashion faux pas of the past, over and over again.
Too bad I already threw out all of my seventies-era polyester running shorts.