Jeans are a fashion staple in closets around the world. However, no piece of clothing is more American than blue jeans ―invented in 1873 by Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss. According to ideafinder.com, “These two visionary immigrants, turned denim, thread and a little metal into the most popular clothing product in the world. Waist overalls, was the traditional name for work pants, which is what these first jeans were called. The word jeans became more popular around 1960 when the baby-boom generation adopted the term for its favorite type of pants, blue jeans.”
Blue jeans were first made for American pioneers, the working men who were building the American West. These working men who were building railroads, mining for gold and working the fields needed durable pants that were built to last against hard labor. In the mid-1930′s Hollywood began making western movies featuring cowboys in denim jeans popularizing the fashion.
Today, jeans come in all shapes, sizes and colors: from skinny jeans to boot leg, to dark blue, faded and rainbow of colors. Jeans are no longer a men’s utility but a fashion for all - young and old.
Why do we love jeans and find them so appealing? Perhaps it is the subconscious pride of history as the fabric that built the great country of the United States of America. I think it may be simple the comfort that we can slip on our denim and both look and feel good.
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