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Ann Cannon: Stuff I don’t get, part 2: Trump on Twitter, mom jeans

First Published      Last Updated Mar 21 2017 09:21 pm

As you may know, I'm launching a series of columns this year called "Things I Don't Get." This is the second installment.

Let me start out (again) by saying that I don't get why the people who care about Donald Trump (his family? his staff?) don't take away his cellphone. It's true that the president's recent tweets about wiretapping have made for hilarious late-night send-ups. And it's always a tasty treat to hear Kellyanne Conway talk about microwave spy-cams or listen to Sean Spicer explain what Trump REALLY meant as opposed to what he actually tweeted at 3 in the morning.




OK. In fairness, we all say stupid stuff. Especially at 3 a.m. I often wish I had a verbal cleanup crew following me around the next day. But seriously. Do we as a nation really want a commander in chief who slings around unsubstantiated claims like he's a short-order cook slinging around corned-beef hash? (M-m-m-m-m. Corned-beef hash!)

Shouldn't the president of the United States and leader of the free world be held to a higher standard of verbal responsibility than the rest of us nonpresidents?

ANSWER: Yes.

But that's not the point.

The point today is "Mom jeans." You know. Those high-rise denim pants that are slouchy in the thigh region but taper as soon as they run into some ankle. You know. The kind that Tina Fey made fun of on "SNL." You know. The kind former President Barack Obama wore that night he threw out a pitch at a White Sox game.

Yup. THOSE jeans.

Well, I just learned that they're making a comeback for women. And, according to GQ Magazine, they're making a comeback for men, too. Writing for GQ earlier this year, Jake Woolf says this: "See, everything Obama wore on that fateful day in Chicago is slowly coming back into style. We're talking windbreakers, white running shoes, and yes — even wider leg lightwash jeans have all recently permeated the fashion landscape."

So here's what I don't get. Was that ever really a good look on women or men, including former presidents, the first time around? It doesn't seem like it. Or maybe it just wasn't a good look on someone who's as short-waisted as I am. Pull a pair of mom jeans on a body like that and they go up to your chin, which is NOT adorable.

Here's what else I don't get. Who makes the decision to bring back mom jeans, which are not as bad as overalls with heels, but still? How does stuff like that even happen?

Sadly, however, I know how things will play out. I'll resist the temptation to buy mom jeans until one day I decide that hey! They don't look that bad! In fact, they're kind of cute. So I'll go to the store, purchase a pair and put them on.

Just in time to learn that skinny jeans have come back in style.

Here's hoping someone in my life will love me enough to take those mom jeans away from me.

Ann Cannon can be reached at acannon@sltrib.com or facebook.com/anncannontrib.

 

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