The pair I tried on did have some embellishments but were not too blingtastic! I am a major coug so it sounds like they'll be perfect for me. Well if cougar means that I date much younger men (although I haven't been to a bar or club in about 8 years) I am glad to hear that they have washed well, and the guy at the store mentioned that they would stretch out a bit, so I'm glad you reminded me of this fact. I just kind of thought they were a bit different from the standard uniform (up here anyways) of True Religions which do nothing for me, style-wise. Thanks ladies, I really appreciate your input.