Cleanse your soul, dapperQs. Confess your guiltiest fashion buys! I’ll show you how…
I couldn’t tell my wife, Shannon, how much these jeans cost me. And it caused a terrible spat last week on date night, strolling between sushi in Ft. Greene and Tom Ford’s amazing new film ‘A Single Man’ at the BAM Rose Cinema.
Here’s how it went. First red flag: SHE DIDN’T EVEN NOTICE THEM UNTIL WE WERE DONE WITH DINNER and walking to the theatre. She said, “Are those new jeans?” Not the set-up I needed. Not the “‘no matter what they cost, it’s worth it’ cuz you are one hot butch” set-up I needed.
I said, very nonchalantly, “Yes.” I believe I then said –= my memory is a little sketchy here because I was already way scared –= “Don’t they look GREAT?” “Yes,” she said, “how much were they?” I countered, “Well, they were 30% off.” (She still wanted to know.) “They are DIESEL’s.” (She still wanted to know.) “When the cute salesboy saw them he said, ‘Those are SICK! ‘” (She still wanted to know.) I’m starting a friggin’ fashion revolution! (She still wanted to know.) I couldn’t, and wouldn’t, tell her because I was deeply ashamed.
For God’s sake, the economy is in the toilet. We cut cable last year, and now we have to couch-surf for the essentials like “Big Love” and “Mad Men.” My new media biz is coming back strong, but there was a serious lull in activity after the crash when I had to close my cool SoHo office and let the brilliant, passionate artists who worked for me go. Not to mention the fact that I am financing this dapperQ frivolity with fumes from my credit card!
Long story, short, I refused to tell her. Big fight because of the “obviously broader implications!” Not so, I say. Faking it ’til I make it! Butch pride for America and all that!
I thought Lucky Brand at $150 was higher than I’d ever go for jeans, but au contraire! I loved these Diesel’s enough to feature them in dapperQ’s first street fashion video and the rest of the outfit totaled about a buck fifty (by that I mean $1.50.) So there — sue me!
They were $300 minus 30%, with taxes, $220. With this post, now she knows. I hope you are happy.
Absolve me by absolving yourself with a confession about your guiltiest fashion buy here! If you are feeling especially bad — or want fellow addicts to assure you that you made the right choice –add an accompanying photo to the dapperQ Facebook page! If we get 50+ confessions, I’ll be white as snow.