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An Open Letter, Rants

What $30 gets you

Dear Old Navy,

For years I’ve resisted your cheap wares and massive warehouse-like stores in favour of smaller (family owned if possible) boutiques and exclusive streetwear stores but a friend turned me on to your skinny jeans and I was lured in by your promise of cheap, yet still marginally attractive, denim.

I work in the mall so I can completely forgo waiting in line for a fitting room (why is there always a line, btw?) and just return/exchange stuff if it doesn’t fit so that’s a definite plus, but I just have one question:

Why must the pockets on my grey ones be so shallow? I mean, I have 3 pairs of your skinnys and two of the three have normal pocket size/depth ratios allowing at least partial coverage of the hand and storage of necessities such as change, lip gloss, and lint, not so with my grey friends.

If I were to forget exactly how shallow the pockets were and accidentally store something in the front pockets, in all likelihood that something would end up on the bathroom floor should I ever need to relieve myself.

I’ll readily admit that that one time, when I was drunk, I forgot how shallow the pockets were and abruptly shoved my hands into said pockets only to rip a hole in the left hand pocket (what is that? Shoddy craftsmanship is what!) was probably my own fault. Maybe we can blame that on the alcohol, but what of last night when I was perfectly sober, simply bored and resting my hands in my pockets when out of nowhere the fabric gave way and suddenly my fingertips were grazing my thigh – just great! now a perfectly good pair of jeans has been rendered virtually useless because I can no longer store anything of value in the front pockets.

And, no, I don’t plan on sewing the [holes in the] pockets shut because you don’t buy $30 jeans so that you can do at home repairs (you just buy a new pair) but that involves, you know, actually going to Old Navy, and I’m just not sure how I feel about you right now – slightly betrayed I suppose.


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7 thoughts on “What $30 gets you

  1. For me it was just the horrid commericals in the late 90s and early 2000s that kept me away.

    Posted by Eric | January 25, 2007, 1:20 am
  2. I personally still hate having to sift through giant piles of crap just to find a supposed ‘deal’ as well

    Posted by team gingerbread | January 25, 2007, 3:55 am
  3. I’m a H&M gal myself but I do own two pairs of Old Navy jeans because they’re the only ones that make a small enough waist for me and don’t give me the dreaded pancake ass.

    Posted by Maritza | January 25, 2007, 6:27 am
  4. I don’t mind Old Navy, but only for their ribbed tanks and turtlenecks. You just have to think of them as “disposable clothes”. So cheap that I just throw them out once they start to fade a little.

    Posted by S* | January 25, 2007, 9:04 am
  5. Martiza – I love H&M too, but I have no idea when it’s going to be open (the store in Edmonton is way behind schedule construction-wise) so for now, I’ll just haveto do with Forever 21s* – ribbed tanks yes, turtlenecks, no. They make me feel suffocated. I just do plain old crewneck sweaters

    Posted by team gingerbread | January 25, 2007, 11:50 am
  6. But turtlenecks are so chic, especially with dark denim jeans and heels. So versatile!

    Posted by S* | January 26, 2007, 4:11 pm
  7. s* – Sadly I’m still at an age where turtlenecks make me think that the wearer has mad hickeys or something to hide…

    Posted by team gingerbread | January 26, 2007, 8:14 pm

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