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Farmers can, and do, contribute to high fashion

By BARB LUMLEY Columnist Published: May 6, 2017 5:00 AM

We have all been aware of the recent fashion trend of wearing "distressed" jeans. People pay high prices for jeans that are ripped, frayed and have holes in them. Numerous TV actors and movie stars show up on talk shows wearing them and especially seem to like the holes in the knees. People in the general public are quite willing to pay top dollar for the brand-new ripped and distressed jeans. It seems the newest fashion is "dirty jeans" -- jeans that look like they have dirt on them. They are jeans that look like they have been worn by someone with a dirty job -- made for people who don't!

Nordstrom is an American chain of department stores headquartered in Seattle, Wash. Nordstrom offers "Barracuda Straight-Leg Jeans," which are heavily distressed medium blue jeans with crackled, caked-on muddy coating at a cost of $425 a pair. They make sure the mud is on the knees, pockets and crotch of the jeans. There are other jeans available at higher prices and it isn't even real dirt.

Now we all know that when it comes to dirty jeans, nobody does it better than farmers. These dirty jeans were the subject of a recent newscast where they took brown dirt from a pot of flowers and rubbed it all over the jeans they were wearing. We all know that dirt comes in different colors -- brown, black, red clay, as well as the different colors from other things besides soil. When cattle are on pasture, the manure you get on your jeans has a green cast to it. A calf with the scours can give you some yellow stain. When a farmer receives an injury and bleeds he always wipes the red blood on his jeans. There are various shades from grease, oil, rust and the many more ways that farmers get their jeans dirty.

Selling their dirty jeans could be a source of extra income for farmers. Farmers and their families come in all different sizes from all over this country, so finding jeans that fit shouldn't be a problem. Wives and mothers would be happy, as the loads of laundry needing washed every week would be greatly reduced. Money would be saved as less detergent and fabric softener would be needed. Gals would have more time to spend helping in the barns and fields, where they could get their own jeans stained and dirty and sell them to other gals for their own extra income. The kids would love the idea of being allowed to play in mud puddles and other places to get their clothes dirty. People could order the "deluxe style" jeans, which would give them the choice of manure stains from any of the different farm animals or certain colors of dirt. Farmers' jeans are "authentic," not reproductions, so they should be more valuable. Add some baler twine for a belt, a smokeless tobacco can in one back pocket and a red bandana handkerchief in the other, pull on some "Tingley" boots and you have high fashion. How long before we see it on the red carpet? We have already read articles telling us that our jeans should not be washed. Farmers' dirty jeans are an ideal product and farmers definitely know how to "manufacture" them!

Perhaps Dairy Agenda Today could provide a site for farmers to advertise their dirty jeans. Wouldn't it be great if Brad Paisley wrote a song to help the farmers sell them? How long before those high fashion people are going to want that "farm fragrance" to go along with those special outfits? There is nothing like the smell of newly mowed hay, silage coming down the silo, the smells in the milking parlor and more. You just can't find those in the big cities. There is no doubt in my mind that farmers would be quite willing to provide whatever those people in high fashion desire and at the prices they are willing to pay. Nordstrom also offered a "medium leather wrapped stone" -- a medium-sized stone wrapped in leather with special stitching -- "sure to draw attention wherever it rests" read the description. The cost -- $85. The product sold out last year!


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