Jeans are certainly one of my favourite items of my staple wardrobe, and always have been.
Lets start from the beginning… They were invented by Jacob Davis in partnership with Levi Strauss back in 1873.
Originally designed for cowboys and miners, jeans became popular in the 1950s among teenagers. Jeans were a common fashion item in the 1960s hippie culture and they continued to be popular in the 1970s and 1980s youth cultures of punk rock and heavy metal.
Historic brands include Levi’s, Lee and Wrangler. Today, jeans remain a very popular fashion item and come in various fits.
Jeans are pants made from denim or dungaree cloth and are named after the city of Genoa in Italy, a place where cotton corduroy, called either jean or jeane, was manufactured.
Denim jeans were originally dyed blue partially because indigo dye was cheap and readily available in large quantities in America, but also because the dye was dark enough to easily hide stains.
How do we enhance a simple pair of jeans?
Jeans and T-shirts go together like “strawberries & cream”, nothing says classic cool more than this traditional combination.
Let’s look at some key looks to dress jeans up or down, and the key shapes and styles. I love the idea of smartening up jeans with sharp tailoring, a neat jacket; add heels and a glam evening top and you are good to go!
When it comes to jeans themselves, a darker wash is better for work, without the rips and tears! Lighter washes tend to be more casual and black jeans offer diversity for any occasion.
- Add a Blazer –it’s a great way to add a splash of colour
- Classic T-Shirts and shirts
- Add a pair of heels/loafers/boots/pumps
- Glam/Smart tops
Styles and Shapes
It is a total minefield when it come to the vast range of shapes and styles that the high street and designers offer.
4 Classic Jeans Style
Comfy and fit nicely and perform a balancing act on fuller figures.
• STRAIGHT LEG
Flattering, but also rock and roll, grabbing you in the right places.
These are great on the right body shape, ending just at the point around the heel of the shoe.
• WIDE LEG
Cleverly cut higher at the back, so they do not gape, but do not give you a gap!
Other styles include:-
- Boyfriend Jeans
- Classic Jeans
- High Waist Jeans
- Kick- Flare Jeans
- Coloured Jeans
It’s the question that divides the nation: Should you or shouldn’t you double up on your denim?
Double Denim is a trend that comes and goes – you either embrace it if you are comfortable with the look or not?? The choice is yours!