All about my Jeans – Past events and Some facts
Some Interesting facts about jeans –
Initially, jeans were simply sturdy trousers worn by factory workers. men’s jeans had the zipper down the front, whereas women’s jeans had the zipper down the left side. By the 1960s, both men’s and women’s jeans had the zipper down the front.
Before they became a staple of fashion, jeans generally fit quite loosely, much like a pair of bib overalls without the bib.
The blue denim fabric of jeans
After James Dean popularised them in the movie Rebel Without a Cause, wearing jeans became a symbol of youth rebellion during the 1950s. Because of this, they were sometimes banned in Theaters , restaurants and schools. During the 1960s the wearing of jeans became more acceptable, and by the 1970s it had become general fashion in the United States for casual wear.
In the first decade of 21st century, a wardrobe staple, with the average North American owning seven pairs, Currently, jeans may be seen worn by people of all genders and ages.
Jeans transcend age, economic and style barriers. Washes, embellishments, leg openings and labels fluctuate with fashion whims, but jeans themselves have reached iconic status.
Varieties of Denim jeans
- Denim is unique because it is woven with two yarn colours : the indigo yarn and the “filler” yarn, which is un-dyed (Why don’t you roll up your jeans bottom and see the white inside for yourself!) Jeans were called “waist overalls” or just “overalls” until 1960 when Levi Strauss changed it to its popular name of “jeans.”
- Stonewashed – Most jeans today are stone washed, but not in pumice stones like the original method they used in 1930s. Now enzymes, sand, ceramic balls and other methods give jeans their worn look.
- Flares – Slim through the legs, flaring right above the ankle — to about an 21+ inch opening.
- Bellbottoms – Start to flare at the knee, resulting in a 22+ inch leg opening.
- Peg legs – Extremely narrow leg opening (very ’80s)
- Bootcut – Slim through the legs, with a slight flare at the ankle to accommodate a boot (about a 16-18 inch opening)
Although they are the quintessential Retro American item, denim probably originated from a fabric from Nimmes, France (serge de Nimmes means “of Nimmes” — which became denim).
After WWII, jeans evolved into rebel wear for teens and then for the hippies. The ’70s saw an explosion of styles and fabric treatments; the ’80s brought designer denim.
Today, jeans are the stuff of high-end designer wear.