Friday, May 14, 2010

The Young Ones

This turned into a jeans sort of week for me, when these black beauties arrived in the mail from Gilt. I'd been on the lookout for straight leg, black jeans for some time, and these seemed to meet all my requirements. They are a deep, luscious black and the fit is just perfect. My only concern is that once I wash them they're going to lose their inky blackness and I won't like them as much. I guess my solution is just never to wash them.

That reminds me of an old episode of The Young Ones, which I used to watch in syndication on MTV in the mid-80's; it was my favorite show. In one episode, the boys (4 students who live in a squalid North London flat and attend Scumbag College) decide it's finally time to go to the launderette, but when they get there the laundry is so filthy that the machine spits it back out again. They finally wrestle the clothes into the machine, only to discover it requires money to wash the clothes. Sitting dejectedly back home, they discuss the merits of grimy clothing:

VYVYAN: My knickers are so old, it's only the stubborn understains that are holding them together!
RICK: Yeah, right on! One thing's for sure -- when Lenin led the revolution in Russia, no way did he do it with a spotless bott!
NEIL: Yeah...Yeah...Let's never wash our clothes again!
MIKE: What do you mean, "again"?

Ah, I loved that show. But if I never wash my new black jeans, will I end up with a spotty bott?

Shirt: thrifted
Tank: All Saints
Blazer: thrifted
Jeans: Diesel
Boots: Bronx


Rad said...

I love the Young Ones! The University Challenge episode is so great (with v. young Hugh Laurie and Emma Thompson, and that other dude). Rik Mayall's stand up (on YouTube) is also pretty good too.
Those jeans are very nice. I don't have nice jeans to maintain, but I have heard about freezing your jeans instead of washing.
I can't vouche for this but it definitely seems interesting.
Oh, and great job on the unpacking. The new place looks rad.

Megan G said...

I've heard numerous times that the less you wash your jeans, the more "beautiful" they become. I don't know about 'never' but I tend to wear my better jeans many times before actually washing them. I like Rad in Brooklyn's link of freezing them.

Sara said...

Audi you have the best boot collection out of any of the other bloggers I follow. Even shoe collection, every time In com on your blog I want to go buy boots. :)

Diana said...

Those jeans look fantastic on you! I'm still on the lookout for my perfect, black, straight let jeans. One day I'll find them.

Courtney said...

Too funny!

It reminds me of a song I learned at camp:

Black socks, they never get dirty.
The longer you wear them, the blacker they get.
Sometimes I think about laundry,
but something inside me says, "Don't send them yet!"

Anonymous said...

Hee hee. . . Thanks for the memories, Audi! I remember "The Young Ones." The black jeans are perfect. If you're concerned about the fading, maybe a "wash" like the Woolite created to clean dark clothing, particularly black, would work?

ReaderRita said...

I loved "The Young Ones" I used to love how the laundry and the food on the dirty plates/in the dirty fridge would animate and debate things. It all had higher expectations for life than the guys did-ha!

But I digress... for keeping color in jeans, I've heard that a nice cold bath with a healthy cupful of white vinegar helps to set the dye (stabilizes the pH), so that they won't fade as easily. I've done it with bright colors, my hair, and blue jeans, but I can't for the life of me remember if I've done it with my black jeans, so I'd do a test on something else first. Oh, and I turn all dark jeans inside out to minimize their rubbing on other things.
Cheers! I hope they remain gorgeous.
Plus, the new digs are totally fabulous! I can't believe how perfect everything looks already! Congratulations, and much happiness in your new home!

Jean said...

Haha!! Can't believe you watched the Young Ones! That's funny. Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson went on to make a very crude show called Bottom, don't tell me you watched that too?

Suzanne said...

Remember when Neil came down the stairs....oooo nooo, one of vyvyan's socks has escaped! And they beat it to death. And during the university challenge Neil weed on lord snots head...and vyvyan's lost his head on the train by sticking it out the window and then went out to get it and the head was hurling abuse at the body so he kicked his own head down the tracks. And in the party episode where Rick unwrapped Jennifer saunders feminine product thinking it was a present....

Emily Kennedy said...

I think that's a question you should give real thought to. And consider the merits of the cold water wash, washing things inside-out, and aged perfection.

Tara said...

I'm with Jean. Perhaps a special dark wash and then just hang them to dry. Do they have stretch in them to bounce back?

Thanks for the throwback - I think I'll dig out my Every Stoopid Episode box set :-)

Wendy said...

I used to be able to name every single episode of The Young Ones. I think watching it so many times formed my maturing (or not) sense of humor. I'm sure I still quote them at least once a day without even knowing it.

Does anyone know how to make very dark blue jeans dark again? Someone said navy and black rit dye mixed. I might have to experiment on an old pair of shorts or something first....

WendyB said...

I pretty much never wash my jeans! Only in emergencies.

ReaderRita said...

For Wendy of 9:25 AM May 16, 2010-
It sounds like you may already know about this, but here's a link to over dyeing denim from Kasmira of What I Wore Today:
She mentions colors, shows steps, and shows the finished product, etc. Hope that helps!
(And I heard my earlier suggestion about the white vinegar to set the dye from a clothing shop I used to work at...)

Fawn said...

Those black jeans look great! I recommend washing them inside out, in cold water only.

I'm considering taking my black jeans (the ones you said made me look tall) to a tailor to have the bootlegs narrowed to straight. Of course, then I won't be able to wear them over my favorite boots. What to doooo?

Anonymous said...

Angie on You Look Fab has a post about how to care for jeans. Basically gentle washing & never putting in the dryer.


Michael McGraw - said...

Audi, I love your new photo backdrop. Much good light.

Alli said...

AHH, I adore the Young Ones! I even have Neil's Heavy Concept Album.

"... and all that I knew was the hole in my shoe that was letting in water..."

yublocka said...

I love thi outfit!! Top and boots are yummy!!!

The Young ones is one of my fave alltime shows as well - "hands up who likes me"!!!

Lisa said...

This is a really indulgent solution to the fading jeans problem: buy a second pair. I do this for the rare item that I adore and am sure will adore for years.