Something Is Getting Between Him and His Calvins

Postby Marinepits » October 15th, 2009, 12:14 pm

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Something Is Getting Between Him and His Calvins

By Michael Miller
October 13, 2009 | 6:44 p.m

Size matters. But if you don’t have it, just trick people into thinking you do with a little cleverly constructed fabric. That’s the promise of the new Body by Calvin Klein Jeans—retail price, $79.50—with their “body-defining fit for an enhanced profile.” With some padded-fly trickery, Body Jeans presumably gives guys the optical illusion of more horsepower underneath their hood.

As a loyal wearer of androgynous skinny jeans for five years now, I’m almost insulted that Calvin Klein thinks I can’t handle this situation on my own. Yes, I saw the ads in Union Square with a greased-up Eva Mendes and Jamie Dornan rubbing up against each other and calling attention to their, um, respective centers of gravity. I even saw Mr. Dornan’s embarrassingly large package. But I was skeptical. Even after a source at Calvin Klein said the product was doing “really well.”

It was off to the Calvin Klein Collection for some clarity.

I stormed through the glass doors on Madison Avenue like a man possessed. (Well, actually, a very kind doorman opened them for me.) Calvin Klein has spearheaded the battle of the bulge in its underwear department for years. But jeans are something different altogether. I pulled a pair off the shelf and laid them out by the window to get a better view.

“It definitely boosts things,” said David Cook, who works at Calvin Klein Collection. We stared at the jeans together like two forensic scientists. Mr. Cook explained to me that the jeans are geared to a younger set.

This makes sense. During the summer of 2009, hipster fashion—of which the skinny jean is perhaps the greatest symbol—became the property of the mainstream media. The New York Times discussed hipsters’ beer bellies. Time ran a you’ve-gotta-be-kidding-me article about hipsters being “ripe for parody.” Even The Wall Street Journal ran a lengthy piece about the plight of fashion-conscious men wearing tight pants.

The Calvin Klein Body Jeans, with its emphasis on male enhancement, suggests that the entire point of wearing ultra-tight pants is not sartorial trendsetting, but really to show the world whatcha workin’ with—part of a counterculture ethos left over from Robert Plant’s spray-painted-on jeans in the late ’60s.

I inspected the pants more closely: A dark wash, with wrinkles around the pockets, leading right to the crotch, an extra layer of fabric around the fly, creating a kind of water bra for your little friend.

“Would you wear these?” I asked Mr. Cook.

“I lack a butt,” he said, and slapped his behind. “When I tried them on, it was like a cliff back there.”

He should have tried the women’s jeans, designed to enhance your tuchis instead of your schmeckel. But isn’t the entire point of the unisex skinny jean’s assimilation into mainstream fashion to assign the jeans a gender? No longer would men have to walk with great discretion through the women’s section to buy pants. They could just go to Calvin Klein, manhood intact.

Still skeptical, I headed to the cavernous halls of Macy’s. There was another picture of Mr. Dornan, greased up and giving me a hard time. I stared once again at the slogan: “An enhanced profile.”

“The first time I heard that, I thought it was a joke!” said Ray Lopez, a Macy’s sales attendee. “I was like, is that why they’re selling?”

Mr. Lopez confessed to buying a pair himself.

“When I first tried them on, it was like, ‘Whoa! Do other people notice this?’”

But that day, he was wearing some pretty baggy pants.

“You feel more confident,” Mr. Lopez said. “You have people who wear the skinny jean, and the only thing you see is the bulge. These work with the whole body.”

And then: “Would you like to try a pair?”

“Sure,” I said. An instrumental, smooth jazz version of the Beatles’ “Come Together” began playing on the speakers as I walked to the dressing room, clutching the Body Jeans like a secret.

They were a breakthrough! Such comfort, such support! And yes, my confidence was bigger! It looked bigger, at least.



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Postby pitbullmamaliz » October 15th, 2009, 1:00 pm

I thoroughly enjoyed his writing style. And the picture. And as a side note, I think skinny jeans on men is the most unattractive thing ever. It makes guys look like 12 year old girls.
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Postby mnp13 » October 15th, 2009, 1:27 pm

Yuk. I like men who look like men. Even when I was in high school I felt that way. All my friends liked the skinny androgynous 12 year old boy look, give me muscles any day.
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Postby Marinepits » October 15th, 2009, 1:41 pm

pitbullmamaliz wrote:I thoroughly enjoyed his writing style.


Me, too! I giggled through the whole thing!

Schmeckel. :giggle:

btw Back in the day, Robert Plant ROCKED skinny jeans and long hair. So did Axl Rose. When I met my hubby (20 years ago) he was wearing torn up Levi 501s and they were skinny, LOL. I got nuthin against a man in skinny jeans. A padded package? Now, that I take issue with!
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » October 15th, 2009, 4:56 pm

See, I can't bitch about the padded package because I wear padded bras and jeans that supposedly flatten my tummy a bit.
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Postby Pit♥bull » October 15th, 2009, 5:21 pm

You ladies are rotten to the core.
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Postby Marinepits » October 15th, 2009, 5:37 pm

Awww, you know you love it, Bob. And you wouldn't want us to be any other way. :devil: :hug3:
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Postby TheRedQueen » October 15th, 2009, 6:01 pm

Pit♥Bull wrote:You ladies are rotten to the core.
btw LMAO


Oh, go ahead and post the pic of yourself in your new skinny jeans... :smileUp:
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Postby Jenn » October 15th, 2009, 8:41 pm

I totally agree with Liz and Michelle..
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Postby hugapitbull » October 16th, 2009, 1:28 pm

Oh, go ahead and post the pic of yourself in your new skinny jeans...


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Postby Pit♥bull » October 16th, 2009, 2:06 pm

hugapitbull wrote:Girls, girls, girls, you don't know what you're about to start :shock: :doh:
Never fear, I don't want them chasing me about. :shock:
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