The author had used the plethora of choices in jeans and people got off onto tangents related to jean styles, such as "skinny jeans".
The ever talented Paddy O said...
Skinny jeans for men should, of course, be taxed heavily.
Being late to the thread, I made a reposte much later, but I couldn't help it, it was stuck in my mind...
In most cases they are heavily taxed, structurally at least.
Along the way, I came across this posting which was funny and perfect, by Coketown.
...The entire industry has moved to that skin-tight bullshit that our forefathers most feared. In fact, Levi's--the clothing standard of hypermasculine cowboys and lumberjacks--has a style out called "Ex-girlfiend." The idea being that your ex-girlfriend left her jeans in your hamper (did she walk home without pants? Or bring a spare pair?), so now you're going to wear them...instead of doing the right thing and returning them and saying, "I found your jeans while I was sorting laundry and listening to Dashboard Confessional. And I miss you baby," and scoring an afternoon of decent, if awkward, Sex for Old Time's Sake. Then she realizes her jeans are stretched, and that night, on Facebook, you read on her wall: "I think my ex-boyfriend has been wearing the jeans I left at his house like four months ago," followed my 6 lol's and 21 likes.
Brilliant on many levels! Redone here since Althouse posts at such a rate that gems are soon buried under more posts.