In 1962, “The Beverly Hillbillies” made its TV debut in American homes, and daughter Elly May Clampett did things for a pair of dungarees (as we called them then) that nobody had ever done before.
And, instantly, millions of red-blooded American boys and their larger version, American men, fell in love with Donna Douglas, who played the sassy Elly May.
“Ain’t it amazin’, Pa, what a pair a skintight jeans tied with a little bitty ol’ piece a rope can do?”
Well…… maybe not so “amazin’” when they’re on a cute blonde with a little ol’ southern accent and gorgeous curves.
|Olivier Rousteing’s “Jean Total Look Années 1980” for Balmain, spring/summer 2013|
We no longer call them dungarees or even blue jeans.
Today, they’re simply called jeans and, whether skinny, straight–leg or boot cut, they’re an essential item in every woman’s wardrobe. We cannot get along without them, and the search for that perfect pair is an eternal quest.
According to Madame Figaro, 60 pairs of jeans are sold worldwide every second!!
Need I say more about how much we love our jeans?
There are internet shopping sites devoted entirely to jeans, such as “The Corner.”
Monday, April 15th, was Tax Day across the United States, the deadline for filing our yearly income tax forms. On that day, we either got to see how much money the government had already taken out of our paychecks (yikes!), or we got to write a check for the money we still owed to the government (double yikes!!). Either way, it was a day that left most of us with heavy hearts and lighter purses.
And, so, I thought it might cheer things up a bit to look at some great little jean items that won’t do any serious damage to our budgets this spring. Think light and breezy and “chiconomic.”
What about a bloom of flowers on a denim flared skirt?
Can’t you just see this with a pair of strappy sandals or cute wedges?
The “Darling Daydreams” skirt is available at Modcloth for a very chiconomic $39.99.
This cream-colored denim jacket from Forever 21 will quickly become one of your go-to pieces this spring.
I have a fitted one that I’ve worn for years. I just throw it in the washer, leave it slightly wrinkled for a casual look or press it off for a more polished look.
This nifty little number is a very budget-friendly $27.80.
Practically a steal!!!!
These polka dot jeans will not only keep you on the cutting edge of style, but, at $15.88 (“No, your eyes do NOT deceive you.”) they won’t make even the tiniest ding in your budget.
Now THAT’s what I call Chiconomic.
These “Faded Glory” jeans are available at Walmart.
Aren’t these adorable?
These Juicy Couture “Salla” espadrilles are on sale for $49 (half price!) at Jildor.
At that price, I wouldn’t wait too long to snap them up.
This pretty denim posy is just perfect for lazy summer days at the beach when the last thing we want to do is fuss with our hair.
Just slip your ponytail into this and you will look ever so pulled together and chic.
The L. Erickson “Catalina” flower pony is available at Franceluxe for only $42.
Finally, it’s time to add a little touch of denim to your eyes for evening.
Try a sheer wash of Premium Denim shadow from Napoleon Perdis Color Disc.
Available at Ulta for $25, this highly pigmented eye shadow will add depth and drama to your eyes for a night out on the town.
Feeling better? I thought so. A touch of denim chiconomics always does the trick.