In trying to think of a post for the 2nd Fashion Friday linkup, I realized that there is nothing more important in my wardrobe than my jeans. I love denim, all denim--denim pants (jeans of course), jackets, shirts, skirts, shorts, even vests. The great thing about denim is it matches everything. You can dress it up or down, look cute or sexy, and it holds up forever. There's nothing better than going out for the night in a hot pair of jeans, a cute top, and some sexy pumps.
I wanted to find out more about where this ongoing trend came from. There are some arguments about where the denim trend actually began. The first of which being that the Genovese sailors wore this fabric for their everyday pants, which came to be known as "jeans." Other think the fabric came from France over 500 years ago.
So where does the modern version or standard "blue jean" come from? I'm proud to say that the trend originated in California. A man by the name of Levi Strauss came to America around 1847 and decided to head toward San Francisco where the gold rush was taking place. He joined up with a tailor and together they began making sturdy pants and overalls with metal rivets from a tough material of denim and cotton duck. The pants were so sturdy and comfortable that all the miners and workers wanted to wear them.
Over time, denim became more and more popular. In the 1950's teenagers made them popular with their "greaser" look. They also gained notoriety with the movie stars of the time wearing them. Today, they continue to be a staple of our wardrobes. Children, men, and women alike rely on their "jeans" to get them through the week. I, myself have over 40 pairs and can't seem to get enough.
MAC even recently came out with a new line called "Jeanius" that celebrates shades of denim. What do you think of the trend? Do you live in your jeans as I do? Are you thankful to Levi Strauss for making them popular or do you wish we dressed more formally today? Have a great Fashion Friday friends!!!!
*Image courtesy of MAC Cosmetics
The History of Blue Jeans **All photos courtesy of Pinterest
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