Friday, October 13

Jean Jackets

I saw a billboard for Calvin Klein jean jackets in LA last week and it stopped me in my tracks.

My first real purchase as a working young adult was a Calvin Klein jean jacket. It must have been something like 1979. I had started working at JCPenney at the local mall, and I saved up a couple of paychecks to buy this jean jacket I had admired. I coveted that jean jacket for years. It stood by me for four years of college at Cornell and then my first adult job in Boston. It still hangs in my hallway closet as a reminder of what it’s like to work for something you really want.

As the years went by, I bought a Levi’s jean jacket which I also still have, a G Star jean jacket which I also still have, and a D&G jean jacket which I also still have.

I don’t wear any of them because jean jackets sadly fell out of style. But I still covet them all.

I’m happy to say that I think the jean jacket may be making a come back.

What do you think? Can I pull them out of the closet once again? Does 1979 meet 2017?

I think so. But oddly, or not so oddly, styles seem to change just slightly enough that you need to buy new. A new Calvin Klein jean jacket?

Nah, I’ll still to vintage. It’s a bit more me.

What’s your experience? JIM

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