I have no butt. It's true. Sometimes I think that I must have been distracted by a shiny object when they were handing them out at the factory, because when I turned back around, everyone had one but me.
Anyway. Having no butt may seem like a small problem to have, and in the grand scheme of things, it is. However, women's pants are not made for buttless people. Plus, today's fashion dictates that women's jeans must sit on the hips, below the waist, even though that style has never looked flattering on anyone, ever. Think about it: If you have no butt, what holds up jeans that sit below the waist? You get my drift.
But here is why having no butt is a problem to a gardener:
Bend over to work. Straighten back up. Pull up pants. Move to a new spot.
You get my drift again. I suppose I could wear a belt, but besides having no butt, I am also what is euphemistically called "an apple," and for a belt to work in this scenario, I'd have to cinch it so tight as to be life-threatening.
I also have a bald spot on the back of my head from a car accident, but that's another story.
So one day, not too long ago, I got a little tired of the whole bending over/pulling-up pants thing and placed an order for some good old fashioned overalls from Carhartt. I was about halfway through building the wine patio when they came in, which was a good test for them, since there is a lot of bending over and straightening back up involved in moving around flagstone. Here is my comprehensive report on the overalls:
But not only do they do the job of staying up during the up-and-down, my friends, they are shockingly comfortable. Let me put it this way: You know how sometimes you run across something that is so perfect that it makes you just want to sit down a weep with joy? Yeah, well, enough said.
They are so wonderful and comfy, in fact, that I've been trying to figure out how to justify wearing them to teach my classes.
As for them being Carhartts, I picked them because I recognized the name. I haven't tried any other overalls, so I can't really compare them. As far as I can tell, overalls are overalls. I did read a couple of negative reviews about fit for another brand, and I can say that these may be a little big for size 8's, but overalls are supposed to be a little big, aren't they? Kind of defeats the purpose if you have tight overalls, I would think...Otherwise, they appear to fit fine. Maybe they'd fit just right if I had a butt.
The Carhartts do seem to be well-made, which is also what one would expect from something wimmen-folk farmers might wear for, oh I don't know, bending down and straightening up eleventybazillion times a day.
Here's a picture of my new friends, after a hard day in the garden:
Note the the FTC: I have received no remuneration for my overalls. Not a sou. However, should Carhartt decide that they'd like to reward me for loving the overalls so much, I'd like to try a size 6 next time. See if they fit a little better for a buttless apple.
Edit: Hmmm, I seem to have struck a nerve here. Yes, apparently there are overalls made for women. I'm not sure what the difference is, though I read it somewhere in my research before purchasing these. Something about the waist being higher, or the hips something something...I dunno. Can't remember. Anyway, I got these by typing in "women's overalls" on the search engine on Amazon.
Here's a confession: This is not the first time I've tried overalls. Back in my distant youth, I wore a pair that were simply small men's overalls. They were not flattering, and it scarred me (so much so, that I declined to wear them again, until now). These seem to be a tad more attractive, if you considering that you are wearing an item that is essentially designed for the barn, not the ballroom.