Displayed with the designer jeans at Nordstrom is the new Barracuda Straight Leg Jean. Weighing in at a whopping $425 a pair, these lux dungarees are covered in a “caked-on muddy coating” and look tough and beat-as though the gentleman who slid them off and hung them in the department store (instead of throwing them in the washing machine with his filthy boxers and t-shirt)-just dragged himself in from a cow pasture, pig pen, mud pit or somewhere equally muddy.

Thankfully for those who will be sitting near the tough guy wearing them, these jeans don’t actually leave a trail of stink and dirt. The mud is painted on and the dungaree fabric distressed by machines. No man was forced to break a sweat in the making of these jeans.

The company says, “the jeans embody rugged, Americana work wear that’s seen some hard-working action” and when you pull them on (the hardest labor the wearer will likely do in them) “you’re not afraid to get down and dirty.”

The internet, of course, is up in arms about this in-genuine article. Blah, blah, blah, “rich kids who want to look like they work when they don’t,” blah, blah, blah, “a costume for wealthy people who see work as ironic,” blah, blah, blah, “if you’re going to wear dirty jeans you have to earn that dirt!” Relax critics, not everything has to “mean” something.

Who really cares. If someone chooses to spend $425 on a pair of muddy jeans that is up to him.

If I were to give a social skills lesson, I would suggest that the wearer use discretion when donning the “filthy” jeans. They are not appropriate, even though they cost a small fortune, to wear to school, most jobs, on a date, to dinner with your grandparents, to a funeral, to many restaurants or on an interview for college. I am still trying to think where they might be appropriate, maybe to shoot pool or to muck a horse stall?

When we choose what to wear it is important to remember the other people attending the event. We all need to be thoughtful when we get dressed to show respect for the importance of the occasion. People with good social skills consider others when they dress and take into account the gravity of the situation. They are thoughtful about the message that their attire sends to others. “Am I sending the appropriate message wearing these mud-coated jeans?”

It is important to instruct children to think about the “cost” to relationships and their current and future prospects and goals if they choose to wear clothes that run counter to accepted societal norms. What might the cost be if a person shows up to an engagement party in the new Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans? Is there a possibility that his attire might insult the host, guests of honor and attendees?

So, to the one guy who buys himself these jeans, be thoughtful of the message you are sending when you wear them and dry-clean only.

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