Ever since work stopped having a strict dress code, I wear blue jeans almost exclusively (the only exception is during the summer when I wear shorts when not at work and on the rare occasion I have to dress up for something). Because I usually only own a couple pair at a time, they tend to get worn out pretty fast and I have to replace them on a regular basis.
About a week ago, my mom dropped off a pair of blue jeans from the brand Berne. This was the first time I heard of this brand and I have no idea where she bought them. Apparently, she didn’t buy them for me. Instead, she got them for my brother. But, since they were a bit too small for him she hoped they would fit me instead.
As I mentioned before, I don’t know where she got this brand, but they had to be the worst pair of blue jeans I have ever tried.
First of all, the sizes in Madagascar (where the label inside the jeans said where they were made) must be significantly different than sizes in the United States. I say this because the blue jeans were supposed to have a 40-inch waste. I have a 34-inch waste (though I normally buy pants that have a 36-inch waste to account for shrinking) and these pants nearly fit me.
In fact, the probably would have fit me if I wore a belt and I did give some consideration about that. The only thing that ultimately made me change my mind was how the pants were cut.
I personally don’t think I’m all that big. But, thanks to the genetic lottery on my dad’s side of the family, I do have a bit of a belly and, much like every other man in my family; wear my pants lower to account for that. With most brands of jeans, this doesn’t make much of a difference in terms of fit. However, the Berne brand used a bit too much material in the crotch area and, when worn lower, the pants bunch up and actually manage to make me look fatter than I really am. And, no, I didn’t draw this conclusion by looking in a mirror and imagining things; my wife pointed it out to me seconds after I put the jeans on. I’m not normally self-conscious but even I have my limits.
Needless to say, I don’t plan on wearing these jeans and, if I ever do come across them at a store, I would not buy them.