Against denim

Here is an article arguing that denim is a national disgrace, the uniform of the inauthentic and hypocritical.  George Will contributes to the discussion here, suggesting as a general rule that: ‘This is not complicated. For men, sartorial good taste can be reduced to one rule: If Fred Astaire would not have worn it, don’t wear it. For women, substitute Grace Kelly.’

I don’t live up to that.  But I am proudly denim-less.  In fact, believe it or not, I have not even owned a pair of jeans since the 6th grade.

Author: Kleiner

Associate Vice Provost and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Utah State University. I teach across the curriculum, but am most interested in continental philosophy, ancient and medieval philosophy as well as Catholic thought, all of which might be summed up as an interest in the ressourcement tradition (returning in order to make progress). I also enjoy spending time thinking about liberal education and its ends.

4 thoughts on “Against denim”

  1. Verrrrry funny. I’ll be sure to wear my dress slacks to construction yard next time. :P ha

    I do enjoy dressing up, or not wearing high school slacker attire that I throw on out of laziness. Its something I’ve discovered when giving speeches and whatnot, I like the class and ease about dressing well, and would do so even (or especially) if I were performing a Death/Black metal show (some like Carcass from Averse Sefira wear good clothes). Then again, the durability is always a problem and when I’m working with large pipes and hoses, cleaning pumps or in the audience of said metal shows, the denim just works best.

    All that said, I will never make any apologies or excuses for the schmucks* that wear women’s clothing, particularly girl cut tight jeans, in order to look ‘radical’ or ‘ironic’.

    *I mean guys, girls can do whatever if they aren’t doing the lowrider nonsense.


  2. …those who carry the treasure of faith easily deceive because their external appearance has a striking resemblance to that which both infinite resignation and faith deeply disdain — to bourgeois philistinism. — Fear and Trembling


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