Definition: ‘pants that are made from denim’
Origin: ‘The word “jeans” comes from the French phrase bleu de Gênes, literally the blue of Genoa. Jeans fabric, or denim, originated in the French town of Nîmes, from which ‘denim’ (de Nîmes) gets its name.’
History: ‘Some of the earliest American blue jeans were made by Jacob Davis, Calvin Rogers, and Levi Strauss in 1873. Starting in the 1950s, jeans, originally designed for the U.S. Army and working people, became popular among teenagers.’
When you first think about jeans, iconic brands like Levi’s, Calvin Klein, Lee, and Wrangler, come to mind. Newbies on the scene include: Diesel, Gap and True Religion Jeans. There are so many different cuts of jeans: skinny, tapered, straight leg, boot cut, curvy, maternity, and flare. Never mind the heavy price tag attached to some of the more popular brands of jeans.
‘Jeans’ or ‘denims’, as they are also known, are the ‘holy grail’ of a woman’s wardrobe. How can something so simple create such pleasure and pain in a woman’s life? All woman out there, know what I mean – we spend our lives in search of the “perfect pair of jeans”. When you find the right fit, it is cause to celebrate but it can be a long and arduous journey. I have been known to travel, as far afield as London to get the ‘right fit’!
I personally love and live in my jeans, ‘they’ should hand you a voucher for a life time supply, once you become a mother. They hide a multitude of sins and that includes: “lumps and Bumps”, that “muffin top” and sticky little hand prints.
Most men do not understand a woman’s relationship with her jeans and they are at a loss when you are devastated that your favourite pair has “shrunk” in the wash! There are many debates, as to what you would rescue in event of a fire; personally, my jeans would feature high up on my list! They are the first item I pack when I go on vacation and I then coordinate the rest of my wardrobe around them.
The greatest thing about jeans is that anyone can wear them; fat or thin, tall or short, oh and men too. If you are like me, a shorty, you have a pair to wear with flats and a pair to wear with heels; I should say ‘pairs’. You can dress them up or down depending on the occasion. Not to forget that there are jeans for style and those for comfort. I am sure we have all contemplated lying on our bed just to try and zip a pair closed – those would be the style pair!
By pure luck while I was writing this article I came across something that Mr Price had on their site, it is great to see I am not alone in my love of denim. Go to Mr Price in the Loop to have a look at their post featuring Wrangler Jeans.
So do not forget to ‘love’ and appreciate your jeans today, where would we be without them! I would be lost without mine!
Source: “Definition, Origin & History” – Wikipedia “Main content” – Supermom
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