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Nordstrom's Expensive 'Dirty Jeans' Gain Internet Infamy

A pair of Nordstrom jeans is leaving the Internet wondering if someone's playing a (literally) dirty joke.

Head to Nordstrom's website and you can find a pair of mud-stained, "heavily distressed" jeans available for purchase. The retailer says these jeans "embody rugged, Americana workwear that's seen some hard-working action with a crackled, caked-on muddy coating that shows you're not afraid to get down and dirty." The price? Just $425.

According to CNN Money, "The filthy fashion statement isn't actually new—the jeans have been for sale at Nordstrom as well as at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue for quite some time. But for some reason, the listing on Nordstrom's website caught the Internet's attention…and the inevitable Twitter firestorm ensued."

If you're considering buying a pair for yourself, don't worry about ruining that rugged look: "Despite the prefab dirt, the jeans can apparently be washed, at least according to the care instructions, which recommend machine washing cold and line dry[ing]."

Potential Preaching Angles: What makes these jeans seem so silly? Customers (with a certain shopping budget) can use these jeans to try and look a certain part. But how convincing is it, really? We may need to ask ourselves similar questions concerning the way we go about our lives—are we just playing a part, hoping we'll look "authentic" as we do so?

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