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Jeans? Some Boys Shout, ‘No Way!’

Editor’s Note:  An OT friend of mine sent this our way.  Are our children all becoming sensory defensive?

[Source:  New York Times]


Jackson Schad gave up on jeans in kindergarten.

“They’re really tight, and I just don’t like how they fit on me,” said Jackson, who is 7½ and now in second grade.

Instead, on any given day, Jackson leaves his Brooklyn home outfitted in sweatpants that are fuzzy and baggy and, compared with denim, “a lot more looser,” he said. His favorite sweats are a red pair that he hikes up with matching suspenders.

Jackson’s identical twin brother, Kasey, however, considers himself a dressy kind of guy and likes a more polished look.

“Comfy pants are more for wearing when you’re relaxing,” Kasey said. “Jeans are more for all kinds of things. Like if I went to a restaurant, I would wear jeans.”

In a sign that America’s embrace of casual wear has trickled down, way down, the nation is now teeming with throngs of little kids in track pants looking as if they just stepped out of an episode of “The Sopranos.”

The culture of casual has invaded every place from airport runways, where plane cabins are filled with passengers in yoga pants, to fashion runways; Tommy Hilfiger last month offered an athletic-themed line complete with a catwalk designed as a football field.

It used to be that moms couldn’t get boys out of jeans for formal affairs. Now, they can’t seem to get their sons into them. While some girls also eschew jeans, it is a particularly comic phenomenon that part of a generation of boys — reared by dads raised in Sears Toughskins and in an era in which tightly woven Carhartts became a fashion trend — won’t do denim.

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