If the fashion world wants to wax nostalgic and continuously revisit trends from the past (some of which should have died a quick death before they pained so many) – why haven’t they gotten around to bringing Ditto jeans back into the mainstream? I do believe that Ditto jeans played a key role in the resurgence of men in the seventies saying, “I’m a butt man.” With their saddleback design there were no better jeans for girls with junk in the trunk (and that was before they called it “junk in the trunk” – in those days it was just “booty” – plain and simple). I was particularly fond of the Ditto hiphuggers – they came in a whole array of pastel colors and I had darn near every color. We had a store in California back in my high school days called Miller’s Outpost where I would buy my Ditto jeans. They were the only jeans other than Levi 501 button fly worth wearing in my book in high school. In later years I moved on to Bongo jeans which also flattered girls with fannies, but I never forgot my Ditto jeans – what I wouldn’t give now to have those back.
I was known for my Ditto jeans alright…and I dare say there may be a boy or two from the high school days who still carries the mental image of me in my pastel hip hugger jeans (ah yes, glory days). If you take a good look at the saddleback deign in this photo you can see why it flatters the fanny – the saddleback design creates a frame of sorts that says, “LOOK AT ME!” And boys sure did look at girls in Ditto jeans…and drooled and heaven’s knows what else…they had a power all their own. I am fairly confident that Ditto jeans were behind a baby boom. And no, I have no firm data that Ditto jeans prompted an abnormal number of pregnancies; but look at the fannies in the photo – it’s a given that they prompted some sexual thoughts. And you know what they say about the girl who took seriously what was poked at her in fun (sorry, I couldn’t help but whip that one out – an old classic from the late seventies – I’ll say a dozen Hail Marys later).
So hear my plea fashion industry – revisit this one trend and you’ll make the world a much happier and healthier place. Be sure to bring back the pastels too…I may not be able to revisit my glory days, but I am pretty sure I could still rock some baby blue Ditto jeans.
Day six hundred and eighty of the new forty – obla di obla da