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    Fashion Do’s by Kathryn

    Have I mentioned to you guys that the only jeans I will wear are Levi’s? This comes from years of wearing them and knowing my size. In other words, I needn’t try them on. I already know what will fit. And plus, I covet the Levi name.

    Even my winter jacket is a Levi’s denim jacket lined with fake sheepskin. Maybe it had to do with growing up in the 70’s. Seems to me everyone was wearing Levi’s. There was a brief time when "Landlubber" jeans were wildly popular. Do any of you guys remember them? Herman tells me he’s never heard of them. In fact he asked if it was a local thing proprietary to Cleveland. I actually have no idea.

    I did also wear Lee jeans, but they never fit as well as Levi’s. Herman tells me he remembers liking Lee jeans better because they had a real leather patch with their logo. I remember that too, but nothing tops the red tag of Levi’s sewn on the back pocket.

    As I just wrote that, Herman was insistent the tag wasn’t red. In fact, he went in to get a pair of Levi’s after checking the ones I was wearing. The tag he was thinking of is the one with the size on it, which is not red. It’s more like a brown with reddish writing. I was talking about the cloth tag sewn in the pocket, which is red.

    Herman wears whatever fits. In fact, he is not in love with Levi’s like I am. They fit him well in my opinion but not in his. He is happy with Old Navy, Eddie Bauer, and a dollar store brand, of all things. My feeling is, it’s not jeans if its not Levi’s. Herman tells me he doesn’t like the way they fit and feel. Oh, well. This is sacrilegious to my way of thinking.

    I don’t feel the same way about any other brand of clothing. Eddie Bauer comes closest. But even I don’t have those jeans. That would involve me trying them on, which is a major pain for me.

    I know for a fact that I wear a size 6 in all of Eddie Bauer’s pants. They even know this. They have it on computer. I remember I tried to order a different size pair of khaki pants once and they asked if I didn’t mean to order 6 as that was what was "on file" in their computer. I had tried to order size 8 when they quickly corrected me.

    There are good and bad aspects to them knowing my size, of course. The good point is they know to correct any mistakes I may make. The bad part is if I start to gain weight, they will know that too. By the way, my diet has been going well, but slowly. It’s difficult to lose weight when you can’t exercise. But I’m doing my best to keep fitting in my old Levi’s jeans. Just this morning, Herman commented it was easier to fit me in an old pair. That’s what I want to hear!

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"