However bad your fashion sense, it’s hard to go wrong with jeans and a T-shirt. And jeans are comfy and hard-wearing too. Without them, deciding what to wear would be so much more difficult.
Rivet, Rivet. The first jeans, practical cotton trousers for sailors, were made in Genoa, Italy, as long ago as the I 500s. We don’t know who first made them, but they were named after the colour they were dyed: in French, blu de Gene (blue of Genoa). Jeans began to be made in serge, a hard-wearing fabric, that came from Nimes in France, which is how denim got its name: de Nimes (from Nimes).
In the 1850s, when the US gold rush was on, Levi Strauss was in business supplying the mining towns of California with cloth and other dry goods. Jacob Davis was a tailor who had noticed that the jeans he made using Strauss’s denim would wear out over time, especially around the pockets. He had the idea of using rivets to make the jeans stronger, and approached Strauss with the idea.
Their ‘Improvement in Fastening Pocket Openings’ received a US patent in 1873 and they used Strauss’s money to start their business in making rivetted jeans. Like their 16th-century predecessors, at first riveted jeans were only worn as work clothes, but by the 1950s they’d become fashionable. In the 1980s designers started making their own brands and jeans became even more popular, as well as more expensive.
The ORIGINAL Levis Strauss: A pair of jeans dating from the 1880s was found in a Nevada mining town in 1998. They were bought by the company that had originally made them, Levi Strauss & Co, for $46,532. That’s a lot of cash for old clobber.
Jeans are incredibly versatile, which also means they’re incredibly popular. If you want to stand out from ad, you need to find a way to customize your jeans, making them unique to you. Experiment on a pair. If they’re torn or holey, why not make this a feature, or find some scissors and get creative looking shapes, or simply turn them into shorts?
Use fabric paints or dye to add some colour and unique designs. You could also attach or sew on extra features.