Words! What do they mean?

Last week I went to Old Navy and bought a lot of pants. Five pairs. I don’t remember the last time I owned five pairs of pants. (One of them is actually leggings, and leggings are not pants, but they are all leg coverings and it sounds more impressive if I call them all pants and you’re not my mom.)

I bought shorts (actual shorts!); jeans ($12.50 on the sale rack, flares that are at least a foot too long and will need to be hemmed, which should make them bootcut); the aforementioned leggings; and these:

pixie surplus

That’s the “Pixie” on the left, essentially a cigarette pant, and the “Surplus” on the right, an almost perfect recreation of the army pants from the 80s, which I used to buy at surplus shops in the 90s and loved.

Interesting thing, though. The Surplus is described as a straight leg pant. It most certainly is not. It is tapered. Why would you call it straight? It’s not like words mean whatever you want them to. Oh, but I guess it is. Because fashion.

I love them. But they are not straight leg pants.

2 thoughts on “Words! What do they mean?

  1. Swistle

    March 19, 2015 at 5:54pm

    I love both pairs shown and especially the army green ones, because I love army green.

    You are absolutely right, those are TAPERED, which is why they were delightful in the ’80s, when we wanted our pants SO TAPERED we needed ANKLE ZIPPERS to get them over our FEET.

    It’s like they’re so dazzled by how tapered skinny jeans are, they think “These can’t be tapered! Because they’re not so tapered they need ankle zippers!”
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    • Annika

      March 20, 2015 at 11:19am

      And the thing is, the actual army pants were straight-legged. So it’s like these are trying to be what Old Navy thinks we wished they were in the 80s/90s.

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