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  1. Love the KC & the Sunshine band reference! They don’t make music like they used to! 😉

    I remember wearing acid washed jeans in the 80’s. The music was awesome from that decade…some of the fashion, not so much.

    I wear Wrangler jeans from Wal-Mart now and don’t need to take out a loan.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Thanks WLM, you’re the first one to mention KC & the Sunshine band! I noticed you mentioned in your bio on your website that you like 80s music. We have that in common as well as our interest in personal finance.

  2. Mrs. Groovy

    At $249.99 you might have stumbled upon a lucrative business model, Harmony. Maybe Emily, Tania, you, and I can form a company. — Jeans by 4Chicks. Between the kid stains and the North Carolina red soil we could make a killing.

    Thanks for your comment!

  3. Haha – saw these the other day and just laughed at the ridiculousness. It beats crying – out of sadness that there are actually people who are going to spend their money on this crap.

    Hope you don’t get too upset, but I’m thinking about stealing your business idea. If people send us some jeans, we will “kidify” them with all sorts of stains like spaghetti sauce, grape juice, mustard, chocolate, etc. All for the unreasonable price of $249.99 (because people won’t think it’s high end fashion unless we charge an exorbitant price).

  4. I just ripped holes on both knees of my jeans today playing with the kids. And I’ve got a bit of rug burn too.

    Much more meaningful when it comes the real way. Great to know that Mr. Groovy and I have the same fashion sense 🙂

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Do you mean like NO fashion sense? (Me neither. You should see how I dress.) Just so you know, Mr. G always wears a baseball cap, too.

      Thanks for commenting, Chris.

  5. Oh man, that’s ridiculous. All my kid’s pants are dirty and ripped up. I’m just waiting for hot weather because he’ll outgrow these pants by next winter. No point buying new pants.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Exactly. I can’t even imagine how often you have to buy him new clothes. Our neighbors have 2 sons that grow so quickly, at times we don’t recognize them.

      Thanks for stopping by, Joe!

    • Mrs. Groovy

      It could be a good way for them to fund their Roth IRAs, LOL. I don’t know what the manufacturer and Nordstrom were thinking.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Tania.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      It’s slow going. So far we haven’t seen anything close to what we’re looking for. Thanks for asking, Amy.

  6. Lizzy

    This reminds me of the grunge look of the early 90’s. I had a pair of holey jeans, caused from wear and tear. My fiancé was horrified when I wore them! I retorted that they were very fashionable, but at least I came by mine through honest labor.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      I never understood that whole grunge thing but I can relate to your fiance because I was horrified by Mr. Groovy. We were driving to his parents for Easter and as I was dozing off, out of the corner of my eye I saw his holey jeans with his naked knee sticking out — the very ones in this post. I said PLEASE tell me you brought another pair of pants with you. Luckily he did or we would have been making a pit stop at Kohl’s.

      Thanks for your comment, Lizzy.

  7. $425.00 never happen with me! I dress in jeans after it stay below 25 degrees for a week or more. I wear jean shorts the rest of the year. Pocket t shirts year round. I do not feel the need to impress anybody in semi retirement. I’ve been collecting a pension since June 2010. I love swimming 6 days a week and playing cards,reading and travel on my own terms. I do home maintenance when weather allows. No worries and reason to hurry.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Never happen with me either. I can’t even buy fruit that’s overpriced! I find it offensive.

      No reason to worry or hurry — sounds like you’re living the life, Craig. Thanks for commenting.

  8. I’m quietly shreaking with laughter at the absurdity of these jeans and the absolute fools who would seriously contemplate buying them. I’m sorry but I’ve just gained a whole new respect for those Congo Dandys. At least they ended up looking pretty snappy………in their own unique sort of a way. Lol

    • Mrs. Groovy

      The Congo Dandy’s did look pretty snappy, and CLEAN, although orange is not my favorite color on a man!

      Thanks for stopping by, Martin.

  9. Mrs. Groovy

    Thanks, Laurie! Baloney, indeed (although I think Miss Mazuma has some more choice words in mind).

    Definitely, what Rick doesn’t know won’t hurt him!

    I don’t remember ever spending more than $40 for a pair of jeans and the norm for me now is under $30. And the way kids grow and wear things out? Hand-me-downs make total sense.

  10. You go, girl!! I agree with Mike Rowe. What a bunch of baloney!! My kids occasionally insist on buying jeans with rips in them, and Rick still refuses to believe we buy them that way. He thinks we’re putting him on. I think we’ll keep it that way. Who knows what his reaction might be if he finally faces the truth? The good news is that we don’t spend anywhere near $425 for the kids’ ripped up jeans. Target, Walmart and hand-me-downs, please. 🙂

  11. I too am a child of the 1980’s. I remember acid washed jeans well. My parents did not pay $400 for mine. They were most likely from Kmart.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      It’s odd but I don’t remember Kmart growing up at all. There probably was one in Brooklyn but not in my neighborhood. We went to department stores at the mall, army/navy stores – and I remember buying pants at the Dungaree Factory. That’s what we called them back then, not jeans.

      Thanks for commenting, Dave!

  12. I knew the day was bound to come where everyone would start copying my wardrobe. 😉 I just hope they cut me in for a slice of that $425 pie. Next they will want to copy my awesome painting cardigan. I wonder if I can patent that? Hum….

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Even a tiny slice would be nice if they ever sell that pie! Stranger things have been patented, copyrighted or trademarked than a sweater. Go for it!

      Thanks for stopping by Ms. M. Talk to you soon.

  13. Mrs. Groovy

    Yes, I read about the rock, too. And some “mom” jeans with plastic at the knees. Have you seen those? I must live under a rock because I usually never notice these silly cultural things, if that’s what you can call them.

    Smart dad you have there! Thanks for stopping by. I hope all is well with you (and the hubby and soon-to-be arriving Half Penny).

  14. Meh. This is like when Nordstrom sold a rock. I think the Balenciaga IKEA bag is even better. If people talk about their brand, that’s good news, right?

    I remember when all I wanted was $100 ripped Abercrombie and Fitch jeans in middle school. My dad always told me they were too expensive for something that was essentially already broken. 😉

  15. Lila

    Did you also hear how Balenciaga copied IKEA’s .99 bag and sold it for $2,000? Yea…

    I wanna find the people who did buy the $425 jeans and sell stuff to them…they’d buy anything! LOL. 😛

    Good customers are so hard to find haha

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Nice to see you, Lila! Again, I had to go to Mr. Google to find the Balenciaga bag. But yes, I’d say they totally stole the idea from Ikea. I’m including a link to an article that shows the bags. It also says that at first, Ikea just released a statement saying they were flattered. But subsequently they’ve come out with some humorous stuff on how to tell the difference between the bags.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      If only we can get advance warning. We’d need as many earthlings wearing them as possible.

      Mr. G and I have been on a kick with the show Frasier on Netflix. There’s an episode called “The Candidate” in Season 2 where the candidate Frasier and Niles are backing admits that he was abducted by aliens. Too funny.

      Thanks, as always, for your support Fritz.

  16. Love my ripped jeans, but only because I’ve washed and worn them so many times they’re softer than kleenex. And there’s enough red clay here that I can get muddy jeans, no problem. I’ll even underbid you…send me jeans and $100 and I’ll drive our pickup over them in the back yard and get them the kind of muddy stain that will never come out completely.

    Personally, I think I’d rather buy Unicorn Meat. After all, it’s something completely useless (but funny!) for only $15.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      First Julie made me consult Mr. Google and now you, Emily? I had no idea what Unicorn Meat is but thank you for enlightening me!

      You know I think you may be on to something with the red clay here. At least the color of the dirt would be pretty. But rather than you underbidding maybe we can put our heads together when Mr. Groovy and I move to your neck of the woods.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Thank you! I’m still not certain whether it’s totally a stunt or whether there is a real market for them. Unfortunately, I have a feeling it’s the latter.

  17. Hey, I resent the Prius weak remark. I’ve hauled more crap in my Prius than most Ford pickup owners (think about it, how many buy a ford pickup for its status instead of utility)?

    Why live the American dream, when you can buy the illusion of it.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Out here in North Cackalacky many of the F-150s are used by working men. But yes, we have our share of men who drive them to prove they’re good ole country boys. But hey, I’m just the messenger. I didn’t make the crack about the Prius myself. 😇

      Thanks, Maarten.

  18. For a long time people have been willing to pay good money to look like they worked hard. These dirty jeans are just the latest ridiculous product.

    Dirty jeans, ripped jeans, faded/worn look ( more chemicals? ). Hell, even cargo pants and denim/Levis were created as clothes for the working man.

    Mike Rowe nailed it: these over-the-top looks are nothing more than costumes.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Conspicuous costumes, at that. Would someone think they’d actually blend in with these jeans?

      When I was in high school, khaki green army pants and carpenter pants with suspenders were extremely popular with teenage girls. We wore men’s long sleeve thermal shirts under the suspenders. However, all of these were inexpensive.

      I agree, totally ridiculous. Thanks for your comment, Ty.

  19. Ha! I hope that this fad fades quickly… and that acid washed and whiskered jeans don’t come back. And that skinny jeans and bell bottoms also go the way of the dodo. Why not just have classic boot cut dark jeans? Everyone looks good in those!
    I do admire your entrepreneurism, though. Maybe you can find a way to develop it into a MLM scheme 🙂

    • Mrs. Groovy

      OK, so I had to go ahead and Google whiskered jeans. I am so-o-o out of touch.

      It didn’t occur to me to start an MLM scheme. Thanks for the idea! (And thanks for your comment.)

  20. I saw the hype of these jeans and chose not to comment but being as they inspired a Mrs. Groovy post I must!! Ludicrous is the only word for this type of human stupidity. I realize this is all about publicity and hype (which is exactly what will make these jeans sell!) but the sheer ignorance is astounding. People who have the money to buy these jeans will never actually have the humility to do the type of work that it takes to create the outcome of these jeans. Ugh… I could go on and on but I fear the filth in my words would put the filth on these jeans to shame!

    • Mrs. Groovy

      I love it – the filth in your words would put the filth on these jeans to shame!

      Your point about humility and work is exactly what got Mike Rowe pissed off.

      Thanks for gracing me with your presence today, being that you’re a RockStar and all.

  21. Haha, my parents have the same mindset – I can hear my dad saying, “How in the h*** are ripped jeans more expensive than regular jeans! You don’t have half the material!”

    Just give me some comfortable jeans without holes for less than $40 and I’m content 🙂

    • Mrs. Groovy

      I buy Levis in Kohl’s when they’re under $30 or the Merona brand from Target which I really like.

      Thanks for your comment, Erik!

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Right? Frame them and put them in MOMA in NY!

      I bet someone will buy a pair just to try to sell them on Ebay in 10 years. Good luck with that.

      Thanks for stopping by, Tonya.

  22. Oh, Nordstrom, why? This has just gotten ridiculous. I’m assuming they just needed to do something new and “edgy” and this was it. I would have loved to have been in the product design meeting. 🙂

    Hell, I can buy these at Goodwill for 50 cents!

  23. I’m a 80’s kid. I still DIY acid wash my jeans. 🙂 I don’t think I ever spend $425 on any type of clothing. That’s my wardrobe budget for several years. $425 for fake dirty jeans is insanity.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      All you do is bleach them right? I don’t think I’ve ever worn a pair of acid jeans.

      I see you and Mr. Groovy have the same clothing budget. Thanks for commenting!

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Oh yes, all the rage and expensive. They’re still fashionable today although I see many pairs with lace and other fabrics behind the torn spots. I’ve hand sewn some ripped jeans myself to make them wearable with lace patches. But that’s because I’m trying to get additional wear out of them without looking like a dork, not because I want to be fashionable. Thanks for commenting FTF.