A tribute to my denims

Denims. The wearing of. The obsession with. And the servile gratitude towards. That is what the subject of this post is to be. It actually took me a long while to get my butt into a pair of jeans. Through school and college I wore dresses and skirts and was the good girl with the high collars and the full sleeves. Perhaps the mother was terrified that had I dressed more appealingly, the boys would be all over me. Of course, that was a mother’s fear. With absolutely no justification to it. I was the proverbial case from Bridget Jones’ reminiscences of her adolescence of the one time a boy followed her home and then fled terrified when she turned around to confront him, pudgy, bespectacled and braces and all. I could so identify with the adolescent Miss Jones and her angst at being so rejected by an eve teaser. I had absolutely no admirers, secret or otherwise. And with the inch thick spectacles, the globules of pus erupting pimples and the tree trunk of a waist, I didn’t hope for any. Kept the nose to the books and sought solace in Fabio like visions of the man who would sweep me off my feet. Well, he did and he bought me my first pair of jeans. By then of course, pimples had been tamed down by Clearasil, contact lenses had rendered spectacles redundant and the tree trunk had become a waist. Its to his credit that the man bought a pair of perfect fit jeans in the age before lycra with only his hands to guesstimate my size. And so begun the saga of the denim. Once I discovered how liberating a great pair of jeans could be, I was damned if I was going to struggle through waxing and depilating and such pains every week just so the damn gams were skirt worthy. Told you, I am the butt lazy sort.

Today, when I open the wardrobe door, vistas of denim unfold. Deep blue overdyed indigo, to blue wash bleached, to black to brown to beige. I have them all. From the pre-lycra era denims which are unforgiving to the butt and the ego, to these marvelous new creations of technology that give so much that one forgets one is wearing anything. From the prosaic Rs 250 Timbuktu from Spencers that one still gets into to the obscenely priced ones from Just Cavalli that one only dares take out if one is ‘going out’ and is feeling slim enough to dare to wear, what with its unforgiving fit that does good things to saddlebags but is sheer torture to get in…make that jumping up and down, lying on the bed and wriggling into and such like. All the stuff that makes the brat dance in glee and clap his hands and ask me to take it off and put it on again. I have them all, the skinny legs, the boot cuts, the relaxed fits, the cargos denims, the distressed and the ones that distress me when I wear them. What works best for me are dark plain denims in a slight bootcut, balances out the broad butt, with an empire line top. I rock when I wear that combination. A skinny leg, no matter how in it is right now, only makes me look like a chicken leg, all the fat on the thigh.

Au consequence my entire wardrobe is structured around denims. Casual tees for casual days, linen blousons for brunches and lunches, designer threadwear for more formal occasions. Thankfully, have never developed an affinity for salwar kameezes even on my ‘Oh God, I’ve become a little elephant’ days. It also helps that the husband sneers in disgust whenever I wear anything resembling a kurta or a kurti, and refuses to shell out the money for any ethnic wear. The sad part is that when I have to go to a formal function, I am generally scrambling in the mother’s or the mother in law’s closet for some worthy sarees. Have gone to the depths of laziness even in this issue now that I wear neutral denims and bling bling sequined embroidered tops or kurtis to less formal events where I can get away with them.

Therefore, this ode to denim. Long may it reign. And long may they invent better fits for expanding bodies.


About Kiran Manral

Kiran Manral published her first book, The Reluctant Detective in 2011. Since then, she has published eight books across genres till date. Her books include romance and chicklit with Once Upon A Crush (2014), All Aboard (2015), Saving Maya (2017); horror with The Face at the Window (2016) and nonfiction with Karmic Kids (2015), A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up (2016) and True Love Stories (2017). Her short stories have been published on Juggernaut, in magazines like Verve and Cosmopolitan, and have been part of anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul, Have a Safe Journey (2017) and Boo (2017). Her articles and columns have appeared in the Times of India, Tehelka, DNA, Yowoto, Shethepeople, New Woman, Femina, Verve, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Conde Nast Traveller, DB Post, The Telegraph, the Asian Age, iDiva, TheDailyO and more. She was shortlisted for the Femina Women Awards 2017 for Literary Contribution. She is a TEDx speaker and a mentor with Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk 2017.
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6 Responses to A tribute to my denims

  1. manisha says:

    hey there –

    you have a great blog – love the way you write, and also what you write about. i am a thirtysomething goregaon based mom, with a four year old. the weekend trips to orbit mall, and the rest of it – can totally relate and empathize.

    keep writing.

    all the best,


  2. utbtkids says:

    Very funny. I was about to choke on my lunch as I read brat’s request to see you do the ‘get-in-the-jeans’ entertainment routine!
    Having worn my first pair of jeans when I was 22 years old I know that is is very ture that a pair of jean can be liberating 🙂 Know something cool, my fav jeans tore on both the knees. I am walking around wearing them proudly thinking that it makes me hip. I don’t care who is snickering behind my back!


  3. 4lorac says:

    atleast girls dont wear jeans that hang dangerously low(as in what keeping them there) like the boys do. Have been at the mall and had to argue with self to keep from marching over and pulling the kids pants up. I absolutely hate that look. I dont know what the attraction of having the crotch hanging between the knees is, lordy it looks uncomfortable. watched a kids run right out of his drawers once, thought Id explode laffing. I havent worn jeans in about 20 years….work uniforms and moo-moo’s is about all I see.
    I have achieved the gramma stage where elastic pants and sweats are the norm if I go out. as far as formal wear….what is that..
    I still have the little girl in me and would like nothing better than to “dress up” and feel perty, but again…..why?
    I can see little one glee in watching you writhe into a skimpy pair, I do remember those days, although I was never skimpy, just had to fight my way into my jeans….way back when.


  4. childwoman says:

    Denims is the best thing that has happened to humankind!!!


  5. thirtysixandcounting says:

    UTBTKids: More power to your jeans…

    4Lorac: Never had the good fortune to have any pair fall off me…the butt holds everything in place…

    Childwoman: Absolutely…


  6. prynkp says:

    Hiya.. I enjoy your sense of humor and the way it reflects in your posts. I love your way with words – amazing!
    My love affair with denims began in graduate college – the uniform was shirts and jeans (yup, we a uniform in college). Oh, to some it might be horrifying but no one complained – quite the contrary – coz, ppl!, it was denims! Like you said, my entire wardrobe then was structured around denims!
    Have been addicted ever since and still have a shelf-ful of them but with only weekends to don them 😦


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