From Blue Jean Baby to Jovani Lady
May 12, 2017
Your blue jeans are your life. You even go to school in them every single day. The only you skirts you do have are various cuts of denim skirts. You accessorize your best pair of skinny jeans to attend football games and to go out with friends. You have not worn a dress since you were a little girl. With prom just around the corner, however, it is time for a change. For one night you can ditch the denim and look like a lady. You can choose from one of these several Jovani formal dresses that are chic and simple you will fall in love.
Jovani 50655 Prom Dress
This sheer simplicity in this Jovani 50655 floral dress is bound to make anyone sing a different denim melody. This is especially due to its navy multi colored floral pattern. This would look adorable worn with a pair of denim jeans. This dress offers the appearance of a more form-fitting silhouette. A high neckline showcases your shoulders flawlessly in this tighter fitting neckline. The entire dress is adorned with lace applique. However, these lovely appliques will not make you look like you are wearing your mother’s dooly.
Jovani 47025 Prom Dress
You will fall in love with this Jovani 47025 two-piece dress. The cropped top could easily be worn with any jeans for an after prom party! Just ditch the skirt and you are on your way. This dress will let dance the night away because it is composed of jersey. Jersey is a fitted material that allows more freedom of movement than others. Metallic beaded trim surrounds the midriff of the crop top and at the waistline of the skirt. The bodice has an open back with cut outs on the sides. Making it appear flirtatious and fun.
Jovani 48985 Prom Dress
This open back Jovani 48985 dress may convince you to trade in those jeans just for one day. The bodice of this dress has a deep v-neckline that cascades into simple spaghetti straps. These straps drape down onto a wide open back. If you have curves under those jeans, this form fitting floral dress just might be what you are looking for. That is if you do not mind showing them off! This dress features floral lace appliques. These appliques tastefully embellish the dress. You will not have to worry about making this dress appear too tacky.
Jovani 48708 Prom Dress
This lace crop top Jovani 48708 gown is a show stopper. As is the superb simplistic full white skirt that is patterned with a blue floral print. You might never put jeans on again after you everyone sees you in this charming dress. The crop top is composed of white lace which has a high jewel neckline. The neckline is embellished with sequins and beading. The same element is featured throughout the bodice. Your back and shoulders will look lovely in the sleeveless racerback design of the back. You probably would have never seen yourself in a ballroom skirt! Until you wear this one with a sheer overlay that is slit in the front. This gives this skirt a hint of class without being over the top.
Jovani 33679 Prom Dress
You will be looking like a breathtaking black beauty in this all-black, fitted, Jovani 33679 embroidered prom dress, featuring a full illusion backline. This see through back panel creates the essences of this dress. This adds a bit of intrigue to this form fitting dress. There are vibrant multi colored applique designs highlighted on this dress. There is one large one featured on front waistline to one side, as well as, across the bateau neckline. Cascading down the back of this dress are more brilliantly colored appliques. These adorn the illusion back and drape down the rest of the dress. These drop down the dress in a zig zag pattern. Imagine how luminious and lovely your dress will look while taking pictures. When it hits the light just right those flowers will shimmer and shine with color. They will pop especially because the rest of dress is black. This dress also has an option to be ordered in white. The floral applique will sparkle upon a flawless white dress. Either option will have you hike jeans for a day!
Womens Designer Jeans – Pear Body Type
May 4, 2017
The correct choice in womens designer jeans can truly enhance the pear body type. Well cut jeans can actually mold and lift the rear end, much like a bra.
To enhance your upper body and detract attention from your bottom. Within reasonable limits, to mold your hips and rear end with well cut designer’s jeans.
- Boot-cut and flared legs give a long and lean look, but the gentler flare of the bootcut will serve you better
- Womens designer jeans in stretch fabrics will make any fit more comfortable
- Look for dark washes
- As obvious as this may sound, it is especially important for women with a tummy: buy jeans that are the right size! You do not want to have a “belly spill over”
- Try to find a pair in which the outseam is brought further to the front. This gives the illusion of a thinner thighs
- Avoid pockets that sit too low, near the beginning of the butt, as they will shorten the look of your legs
- Avoid excess fabric in the rear-end area
- Low rise jeans can help make your rear end appear shorter and your torso longer
- Pleats widen the look of hips and thighs
- Avoid small pockets in rear, as well as pocket-less jeans and pockets placed too wide apart
- Avoid tight jeans, especially those that are tight at the knees
- Avoid bundling fabrics at waist
- Avoid horizontal detailing at hip level, such as contrasting pockets
- Even if this is the rage in womens designer jeans, avoid washes in the back pocket area, as well as any embellishment
- Don’t even consider capris (nobody should)
- Look for Flowing fabrics and blouses with a lot of detailing
- Long jackets, never to the hip
- Semi fitted or Tailored tops
- Jackets should end below the hips
- Shoulder pads
- Loose or dropped belts
- Keep handbags above hip level
- Look for cowl necks and square necklines
- Use belt the color of your blouse, narrow and draped
- Dark colors on bottom and bright colors on top
Finding The Best Fitting Jeans Is Not Only About Size
May 2, 2017
To find the best fitting jeans, all you need to do is understand some simple rules of composition and visual perception and apply them. The first step to achieving your own personal style is simply wearing clothes that fit (a matter of size). The second step is understanding cut as it relates to your shape (a matter of styling). In short, you’ve got to learn how to dress for your body type, and this is what we are here for.
The magic words here are Balance and Proportion. In our jeans fit guide, a great deal of emphasis will be placed on achieving a longer, leaner look. Remember, this is a cultural bias that changes with time. Be that as it may, letâ€™s use all the tricks at our disposal to achieve this long lean look.
Think of your body as a given, your “canvas”
Anything you put on is like a paint stroke, affecting the balance of the composition. Any detail can attract attention to an area. It can do so in a positive or a negative way. It can accentuate or camouflage. The important thing is to be in control of the composition. It’s a simple process of accentuating the positive and downplaying the problem areas (and yes, we all have them) to achieve a feel of balanced proportions.
Identifying your body type:
Don’t be too critical of yourself. Remember, any idea of “perfect proportions” is not universal by a long shot. Even within our culture, men’s and women’s idea of physical perfection is all over the map. Remember too, that these body types are nothing but a tool to organize our knowledge. You may share characteristics of more than one type. Selecting the best fitting jeans is a matter of making the right choice for your body and style, not about the latest fashions.
The subject of dressing for your body type obviously extends way beyond the world of denim. Understanding and applying these principles is an essential first step in defining your personal fashion style.
Here Are Some Extra Thoughts
- Don’t take these guides as universal laws
- Don’t go shopping with a huge “do and don’t” list without understanding the underlying principles
- Choose which rules you wish to apply, but be conscious of the effects each decision will have
- If you fall in love with a pair but it just doesn’t fit, be brave, walk away, try on another
- However, if you’re comfortable showing some “muffin top” (some men prefer not so flat tummies) by all means go for it
- You should also learn to differentiate between cut and fit in order to select your best fitting jeans.
With a little bit of knowledge, you can camouflage those minor figure problems by choosing the best fitting jeans for your body. Click on the links that correspond to your body type, and a new window will open with suggestions for each classification.
|Rectangular: This body type is not common. Shoulders and hips are of equal width, with little waist definition. Bust size is average, rib cage large, waist not marked, flat butt, and thin legs. Tend to gain weight in the abdomen, thighs and love handles, and tend to have a little pot belly.|
|Pear Shape: Rounded hips with defined waist. Full rounded hips andbottom. Narrow shoulders and small bust. Tend to gain weight in bottom and thighs and are prone to saddle bags while their stomachs remain relatively flat and their waists small. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to camouflage a large rear end.|
|Hourglass: Balance of curves and angles, straight shoulders, defined waist, curvy bottom. Bust and hips in proper proportions. Shapely legs and usually fine boned. Weight gain is usually in the love handles, stomach and thighs. Even for this “ideal” body type, it’s not easy to find the best fitting jeans, as you will see in the link that follows.|
|Inverted Triangle: Broad shoulders, medium to full bust, average waist, narrowhips and shapely long legs. Weight gain usually is apparent in the stomach, midsection, breasts and arms. Rear usually remains flat and thighs slender. The best fitting jeans in this case may require handling optical illusions!|
|Full Rounded: Round body with fuller shorter waist, wider rib cage, rounded neck and back. Lower hips and slender legs. A great deal can be done to find the best fitting jeans for an oversized rear end.|
|Diamond: Narrow shoulders, small bust, broad hips generous thighs and slender calves.|
Go to the links above and follow these simple rules as a first step in learning how to dress for your body type. Don’t forget to also dress for the occasion. Your best fitting jeans, with the right accessories can now go anywhere. To wrap it all up, don’t be shy about adding your own special touch. Jeans allow you to be daring, be creative and dress to enhance your personality.
GENERAL TIPS FOR A LONGER, LEANER LOOK
- Look for denim with a bit of stretch for better comfort and fit. Stretch can go a long way in helping you find your best fitting jeans.
- Opt for a relaxed fit–but not too baggy or saggy.
- Don’t underestimate the trusty 5 pocket classic.
- Boot-cut and flared jeans give a long and lean look, which is flattering to most women.
- Ultra-tapered legs should be reserved for the most lean shapes, because they call attention to hips and thighs.
- If the jeans are a bit loose, try the next smaller size: they may give a bit with use, especially those with some stretch.
- Cuffs are fun, but should be avoided if you are under 5’5″ tall. They will make your legs look shorter.
- Except for special cuts, like capris, make sure they are the right length. If they are too short, they make your legs look shorter. Remember, you generally want to accentuate a long lean vertical line.
- Make sure the hem covers most of your shoe.
- Pointed dark colored shoes will help accentuate the long line theme.
- Wear dark colors
- Remember it’s about shape, not size. Buy the best fitting jeans and the best style for your shape.
- This is a big one: Be conscious of back pockets: both placement and size have a great effect on how well your rear will look. Avoid tiny pockets as well as pockets that are too far apart, they will make your butt look oversized. Pockets that are situated lower on the jeans make your bottom look higher. Be careful with embellishments and faded finishes in the rear.
Let’s admit it, how good our butt looks is what the search for the best fitting jeans is all about. If you follow our simple rules for dressing for your body type, you should be able to find jeans that will flatten your tummy, make you look slimmer, contour your hips, lift your buttocks, allow you to wear one size smaller, and make you feel younger! Well, maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but……..
It’s crucial that you measure yourself correctly.
Please refer to our article on Jeans Sizes for a thorough coverage of this topic.
If you’re new to the designer jeans world, be cautious about online shopping for your first pair. Spend some time in a store that carries many brands, get to know the differences between them. Don’t worry about trying on too many pairs, they’re used to it. When you feel ready, by all means shop online, and don’t hesitate to return a pair that didn’t fit correctly. Again, the stores are used to this. Remember too that jeans should fit perfectly where you’re largest; they can easily be modified in other parts.
It’s much easier to find the best fitting jeans for men. To begin with, men’s jeans come in much fewer variants, as do their bodies. Men are also less conscious of “body defining” styling and are usually satisfied more by comfort. Even so, there is a high demand for men’s designer jeans, even for low rise jeans for men.
May 1, 2017
Without a little note about jeans sizes and a womans size chart this site wouldn’t be complete.
This is generally not much of an issue for men, especially with traditional cuts and brands like Levis’s, Wrangler and Lee. It’s not unusual for a man to buy the same size jeans (inseam and waist) for years. My husband doesn’t even bother to try them on. Guy’s jeans generally have a looser fit. Now, if you’re into low risers or skinnies, jeans sizes become an isssue, so try them on and test them. You should be able to crouch and do some other routine movements in them without feeling too constrained. I don’t think I can teach guys much here, but as for women’s designer jeans sizes, that’s another story.
Consumer Reports conducted a study on jeans sizes and came up with what, to most of us, should not be totally unexpected conclusions. They tried on 24 women’s and men’s jeans priced between $11 and $50 and came up with the following observations on jeans sizes:
- A difference of up to 2 inches in waist
- A difference of up to 1 inch in length
And this is comparing the same style and size of different brands!
Jeans Sizes as a Psychotactic
They concluded that the fit guide of some makers is a little on the generous side, so that we can “fit” into a pair one size smaller than our actual size. The psychological effect is obvious. Who wouldn’t swear that these are the best fitting jeans they have ever owned for their size 10 body, even though they are really size 12!
This creation of “vanity sizes” to flatter the buyer has made jeans sizing even more of a guessing game. No wonder there is an estimated 36% return on clothing due to fit.
There is, however, a method to this madness!
Some experts believe that women shop at fewer stores and buy less clothes than they would if sizing issues were cleared up. Retailers and manufacturers alike have their own reasons for not wanting a “uniform sizing code”, if such a thing were even possible. And that is to perpetuate the mystique of the perfect fit.They believe that a brand’s “sizing” is an integral part of its identity. It distinguishes one designer from the other in the eyes of the consumer. A Lucky Brand jeans fit is very different from a Rock & Republic. They each shoot for a segment of the market that will, when they find them, swear that they are the best jeans ever.
That is the way it should be, just think of how difficult it would be for one brand to satisfy all shapes and sizes, and how dull. That is also why, when we find a brand whose cut, fit and sizing fits us perfectly, we become loyal advocates for his label. The whole sizing mess is unavoidable, creates customer loyalty, and, to my taste anyway, makes searching so much more fun.
My attitude is, “if they fit, great, it doesn’t matter what the tag says”. ( I do, however, love the labels!) You simply cannot tell from the tag if the jeans will fit or not. This is why trying them on is so important, at least until you get to “know” how each designer defines his jeans sizes. If you’re shopping online and have a doubt, ask the retailer for details on how any specific brand is sized. Also make sure that their return policy is fair and hassle free.
We’ve included some sizing charts for specific labels on the following pages:
Rock & Republic Jeans,
7 For All Mankind, and
More will be coming soon.
I’m including the women’s size chart below as a guide, mostly for conversions. As obvious as this may sound, I have to say it: to get the best fit, you have tomeasure yourself correctly:
- Measure your hips and waist a bit loosely with a flexible measuring tape
- It’s a lot easier if a friend helps you
- To measure your hips, circle the tape around the fullest part of your body, between your waist and the top of your thighs
- Some brands use your low-waist measurement, which is usually a couple of inches greater than your natural waist
- The actual jeans sizes for most brands will typically be one size higher than what the tape says.
- Measure your inseam from the crotch down. It’s easier to do this directly on a pair that fits you well.
- They should fit perfectly where you are the largest. Other measurements can always modified.
- Refer to the seller’s sizing chart to find the size that is best for you for each specific brand.
You can also save yourself a great deal of time by measuring the main parameters on a pair that fits you well. Do this on a flat surface, carefullly flattening out the pants along the direction that you are measuring.
Jean Size Chart
Measuring Low Risers
Remember that the rise, or crotch to waist measurement of a standard pair of jeans is 10 to 12 inches. The earlier versions of low rise jeans had a rise of about 7 inches, and the ultra low risers have fallen to 3 or 4 inches in rise. Some Brazilian jeans manufacturers advertise 2 inch zippers (probably a 3 inch rise). Low rise jeans in general should always be much higher in the rear than in the front, for obvious “exposure” reasons. Every brand handles this differently, even from one model to another. A difference of up to 3″ or even 4″ from the front rise to the back rise should not surprise you, especially with the ultra low rise jeans with a 3″ or 4″ front rise.
Shrinkage is usually not a problem as most jeans on the market today are preshrunk, but some may still occur. Just make sure that they have beenpreshrunk. I like buying my jeans an inch longer, they can always be taken in if needed.
With some brands you may not have a choice. Some manufacturers, especially the smaller companies, are making them as long as 34 inches. They are going on the assumption that it’s always possible to have a tailor shorten a pair, and so they cover a wider market with less inventory.
Having the pants hemmed may not be as cheap or as easy as you may think. It could cost you anywhere from $6 to $20, and sometimes it’s impossible to match the original hem. If you ultimately have no way of avoiding this very delicate procedure, wash your jeans before hemming. Put the denim through it’s final shrinkage. It’s also always safer to take off a little bit less than you think is necessary, say one quarter of an inch.
The best length will also depend on the shoes you plan to wear them with, but in general your pants hem should rest comfortably on the top of your shoes.
Be aware that if you take off too much, the knee break will end up too low and just not look right, especially in flared pants. It may also be very difficult to reproduce the frayed edges of the original distressed pair that you paid so much for, but with our guidelines to distressing your own jeans, you can surely come close. I doubt any tailor will venture into these grounds.
What About Tight Jeans?
As you’ll learn in our discussion on cut and fit, “tight jeans” refers to a type of cut, and as such still must achieve the correct fit for your body (assuming you should even consider this cut at all). A tight jeans cut should still satisfy the criteria listed below, in spite of the snug fit. To say it another way, tight jeans should be the right size, they should fit, or they are “too tight”. Remember, one refers to the cut, the other to an unacceptable fit. This may be clearer if you refer to them as “skinnies” instead of tight cut. Ultimately, if the size is right, it’s the magic of stretch denim that makes “tight” and “comfortable” possible, so if you want to join this new trend, make stretch a priority.
There’s no doubt about it, skinny jeans are back, and with a vengeance! The trend is one that emphasizes long, lean and narrow silhouettes (why doesn’t that surprise me?). The deep indigo and black washes seem to be the most popular. The new look is smooth and clean, without fraying or rips. It seems like the straight leg is the prefered cut of the season, but you can make up your own mind. For the right body, skinnies are sexy, and are great for showing off your boots. It’s kind of difficult to tuck in a bootcut leg, which is meant to be worn outside the boots.
How do you know if you’ve gotten the right size?
Your new jeans should:
- Be just a little bit longer than you need
- Be the right length for the shoes or boots that you plan to wear them with
- Not wrinkle or fold excessively, which would indicate a problem area where they are too tight.
- The zipper, or buttoned fly, should lie flat
- You should be able to sit down or crouch in them comfortably, without your rear end peeking out.
- Low risers don’t necessarily have to expose your rear. If they do, you need a higher cut in the back or that pair is too small. Another brand may offer what you need.
- Your waist button should snap easily (without having to lie down)
- The pockets should also lie flat. If they don’t, they may not be the right cut for your body type.
Pull them up as high as they go, then crouch in them. How do they feel when you walk around? They should be snug but comfortable. This is how you should feel all day long. After all, what makes jeans so fabulous is their ability to let us look and feel great without sacrificing comfort.
Jeans Sizes and The Best Fitting Jeans
Remember, the first step in your quest for the perfect fitting jeans is to find the right fit, (this is a matter of jeans sizes, not style, cut, latest craze or even the tag). With this info on hand, you can now focus on understanding your body type to find the most flattering styles for you.
How to Distress Jeans – Quick and Easy Aging
April 1, 2017
I never thought I would someday be writing about how to distress jeans. It’s really quite simple and not very expensive. The reason for the high cost of this look in designer jeans is the fact that it is more often than not achieved with a high labor cost. The processes involved require a great deal of attention to detail and cannot be fully automated.
How to Soften and Fade Jeans:
If you have time, all it takes is a series of washes. But if you are like most of us, you want that look now. The secret is simple: bleaching. Here are some simple instructions to control the process:
- Use rubber gloves, bleach is deadly on your hands
- Lay your jeans out on an old sheet or towel that you no longer care about
- Protect the table from the bleach
- Flatten out the jeans
- If you want to completely separate the effect in the front from the back, slip some plastic bags inside the legs
- Use a sponge to apply the bleach. Dip it in the bleach and squeeze the excess out
- Avoid dripping, remember any drip of bleach will have an effect on the fabric
- Stroke the pants legs from top to bottom with the damp sponge
- Continue down to the hem, emphasizing the areas you want to fade more
- Work quickly, as the bleach will damage the fibers of the denim if on for too long
- Do both legs, and turn the pants around
- As soon as you have finished drawing your bleached pattern on both sides, wash the jeans in cold water, a full cycle without any other clothes
For a more even all-over bleach:
- Use a wash cloth instead of a sponge
- Apply the bleach-dampened wash cloth to the jeans, pressing to transfer the bleach in as uniform a manner as possible
- Try not to over bleach by positioning the wash cloth without overlaps
- Cover all of the pants, including pockets and seems, then wash as above.
A spray bottle with bleach and water can also create great effects. Please wear goggles!
How to Distress Jeans:
You will recall that this involves the partial removal, through wash and friction, of the superficial layer of indigo and some breaking of the filaments and controled fraying. All that it takes is abrasion!
You can use any of several tools, just be careful. They are sharp. Also be careful not to overdo the rubbing, no matter what tool you use, and to do it just where natural wear would occur. I personally find phony looking signs of deterioration, such as whiskers or fades in the wrong places, to be just that, phony.
Practice with an old pair or with an inexpensive new pair. You need to get a handle of exacly how much each of the following tricks will affect the look of your jeans.
Here are some suggested tools and techniques:
- A knife: You will need to place a block of wood inside the leg to offer some support and an adequate surface to press against. Rub the surface of the pants as though shaving, in any direction. Achieve the look you want, but respect the integrity of the fabric.
- A cheese grater: With some practice, you can achieve some very special looks with a cheese grater. The rougher side will produce a very interesting pattern of abuse on the denim.
- Sand Paper: This is my favorite tool, as it comes in many different grits. “Grit” refers to the number of abrasive particles per square inch of sandpaper. The lower the grit the rougher the sandpaper. Start with a medium grit and work up to a finer one for more control. You will achieve better results than with a knife. You can also find abrasive sponges in different grits. These are great to work with, as they are very easy to hold.
The more localized control that sandpaper offers will allow you to selectively fray pockets, hemlines, or any other part that you think will add to the natural worn look that you are after. You will also be able to more naturally blend the worn out areas with those not so worn out.
Do not weaken the stitching, this will only shorten the life of your creation. Place objects in the pockets, such as a round or rectangular drink coasters, and sand around their shape. This gives a very realistic worn wallet effect.
- Pumice Stones: These are also very efffective tools for sanding denim. They work great for roughing up the edges of cut holes. As with the sandpaper, you can moisten the pumice in bleach.
- Power tools: You can also use power tools with grinding tips or other abrasive attachments. They will help you do things faster, but at the risk of overdoing. A Dremel Moto Tool is probably the easiest to handle and there are special tips with sandpaper attached.
How to Destroy Jeans:
You can make holes in jeans by overdoing any of the above methods. The trick is to make the holes look natural. Grind away at the fabric slowly. Try not to localize the worn area, spread it with diminishing wear the further you get from the intended hole.
The area around the hole should be worn out as well as bleached to further blend the hole with the surrounding fabric. “Finish” the edges with a pumice stone or sandpaper dampened in bleach. Also dampening a sponge with bleach and applying it to the outer edges of the hole will add to the natural worn look.
Ripped jeans are a bit different. The rip is not necessarily from wear, and should not look the same as a worn out hole.
I don’t care much for this look, but if that’s what you want, here is how to do it. I recommend using a sharp pocket knife. Be careful, they are very sharp. Rub the blade of the knife perpendicular to the line of the rip that you want. Continue until you create a slit, then fray the edges, exposing the threads that are perpendicular to the rip. Do this until the hole is the size that you want and the edges are fuzzy. A wash and a dry will further mess up the edge. To some extent this will control further fraying.
To reinforce this newly created hole, turn your pants inside out and place an adequately cut piece of fabric around it and sew it. An iron on will work as well, but the stitching, done either by hand or with a sewing machine, will make it look much better.
I prefer not too many holes, 3 to 5 should be enough. The current trend, however, seems to be for more smaller holes, as though struck by shrapnel!
Use paint, oil or bleach. Think about natural patterns that could occur in everyday activity. May be you leaned into a large greasy gear at the factory? Or you dropped the roller or the top of the can of paint on your jeans when helping your friend paint his apartment?
Don’t over do the stains, you can easily cross the line from chic to drab!
How to Dye Blue Jeans:
For a full discussion on how to dye jeans, I recommend you visit the website of Rit Dye (ritstudio.com), where you will find a step by step guide.
It’s easy, fun, and opens a path to many great possibilities.
Learning how to distress jeans will not only save you tons of money, it’s also a great way to personalize your wardrobe. If this is a look you want, and have the patience to do it, give it a try.
The Revival of Designer Jeans
March 1, 2017
So, why are designer jeans such a rage? For generations we’ve accepted blue jeans as something plain and practical, as they were meant to be. After all, the original patent granted to Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis was for a utilitarian improvement on the already existing denim coveralls. Their contribution was simply the idea of using metal rivets to reinforce the pant’s seams.
Jeans have been a favorite of several past generations, each modifying them to fit their times. They are not new, and are still not universally accepted as proper attire.
They have gone from being the work clothes of coal miners, to the weekend wear of World War II soldiers, and from the hip look of teenage rebels, to the uniform of Hollywood cowboys. They raise eyebrows and blood pressure. When Brooke Shields posed for Calvin Klein in the famous “nothing comes between me and my Calvins” campaign, designer jeans were born and the stage was set for today’s very fashionable rebels.
What came first: designer jeans or celebrities?
Now, more than ever, celebrities are playing a role in defining pop culture, and by merely sharing our preference for the ordinary seem to make it chic, and yes, pricey.
Denim aficionados are usually first attracted by the brand or the look, often as seen on some megastar.
Then, after what can be many frustrating hours trying on countless pairs, they end up falling in love with the fit of one specific label. Brand loyalty in the designer jeans market is ultimately earned by offering a great fit. We all swear by our best fitting jeans (with or without knowing that what is “best” for our body type may not work for anybody else).
Today’s designer blue jeans are a wardrobe staple, by far surpassing the little black dress in their versatility and universal appeal. But what has ultimately made this new generation of designer jeans so appealing to us? Here are my thoughts on this subject:
- Styles: A seemingly endless variety of styles, making it very difficult to run into somebody wearing exactly the same pair.
- Cut: Unabashed and unrestrained styling of what traditionally was a utilitarian garment, making them more feminine, sexier, and more upscale. Designers are using every trick in the book to make you look great in jeans.
- Fit: A thorough understanding of the market’s desire for a great fit (they can hug, ride, cup, rise, shape, expose and more)
- Finishes: The variety of finishes and washes that make new jeans so wearable. The worn look and feel of broken in jeans (something we used to have to patiently work for) is now available directly from the store’s racks.
- Embellishments: These personalize, add character, a feeling (or reality) of luxury and help to further distinguish one brand from another.
- Textiles: The magic of stretch (most of the cut and fit miracles would not be possible with the more rigid denim)
And yes, then come the “celebrity styles”. They look great in their designer jeans, and every manufacturer understands that we all wish to look as sexy as they do. Sounds superficial, but this marketing strategy works like a charm.
Brand Bios and Lifestyles
Jeans, as we have mentioned and will be talking about more in future articles, are a staple fashion item to many specific lifestyles. Some brands manage to go beyond a simple association with a celebrity. They are born from and truly embody a way of life. Such is the case of the labels listed below. Take a moment to read about their origin and see which you feel an afinity towards. As important as fit is, the search for the perfect pair jeans also entails lifestyle decisions. There are many more brand bios coming, so come back often.
- Affliction Denim
- Antik Denim
- Joe’s Jeans
- Lucky Brand Jeans
- Not Your Daughter’s Jeans
- Rock & Republic
- 7 For All Mankind
- True Religion
I hope that the information on this site helps you distinguish between what looks great on Britney and what will look great on you.
You’ll find the following themes running through this site:
- My love for jeans and their versatility
- The importance of accessories, after all you don’t wear jeans by themselves, or do you?
- How important it is to dress for your body type and size, from head to toe.
- The concept that all of our choices in fashion, from hairstyle to shoes add to the creation of our personal fashion style.
- Our suggestions should be taken as tools, not rules. Everybody’s shape, size, color are unique and can’t be viewed separate from your personality.
- The more conscious and informed we are when making these choices, the better we will look and feel about ourselves.
So, read on and enjoy. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any doubts, coments or criticisms.
The History of Blue Jeans
February 12, 2017
Garment worn by American manual workers at the end of the 19th century, blue jeans became emblematic of the American way of life, before the fashion of jeans gained all the continents and all social categories. The comfort and robustness of this seamed pants cut into the denim canvas have resisted and faded.
Where does the name come from?
The fabric used to make blue jeans is denim. It is a cotton canvas in serge weave that was originally woven in Nîmes, hence its name (denim would come phonetically from “de Nîmes”).
The very tight weave is made from a chain dyed blue (at least originally) and a weave or white. The blue of the chain came from a dye called “blu di genova” (in Italian, “blue of Genoa”) and the name jeans would come from a distortion of the pronunciation of the word genovese.
The birth of blue jean
The long history of jeans begins as early as the 16th century in Nîmes, where the denim fabric is made.
But it was in 1853, at the height of the gold rush, that Levi Strauss had the idea of making trousers in the canvas of his tents, for the Western conquerors then needed solid work clothes.
Around 1860, Levi Strauss continued to make pants by replacing the canvas with cotton made in Nîmes, just as robust but colored in blue by indigo baths: it was the birth of blue jeans.
The design of blue jeans Levi Strauss
It was not until 1873 that the orange stitching on the back pockets, in the shape of an arch representing an eagle, and the pockets with rivets appeared on blue jeans.
In the following year, to prevent counterfeiting, Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis obtained the patent for the rivets on the pockets, which prevented them from tearing.
The 501 made its appearance on the market in 1890.
The blue jeans of the United States to Europe
During the great crisis of 1929, jeans was adopted by peasants and workers, and in 1933, under the New Deal, tens of thousands of denim overalls were distributed to the disinherited.
Around 1935, the fashion of blue jeans spread among a student and artistic population and these pants were introduced into women’s wardrobes.
Jeans landed in Europe with the GI’s in 1945. In Europe, this garment has always been more expensive than in its country of origin.
It is necessary to wait for this period so that the jeans is declined also in black.
In the 1950s, jeans, associated with the black jacket and the Harley, became the symbol of youth revolt. James Dean and Marlon Brando contribute to its success.
Blue jeans in the 70’s
The blue jean becomes a dress code for the hippie generation. Its shape changes with elephant paw jeans and it gets personalized. Indeed, it is customized, painted, embroidered, sewed shells, rhinestones, jewelry, flower motifs or “peace and love”.
In France, jeans became a very important commodity with the 1973 oil shock. This market grew exponentially until the early 1980s.
In New York, a selection of decorated jeans exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art for two months attracts 10,000 visitors.
It was in 1978 that the stone-washed, jeans washed away by a treatment that consists of bombarding the fabric of small pumice stones.
Blue jeans from the 80s to the present
After a decline in favor of slacks, lighter pants and more dressed, blue jeans returns to the front of the scene in 1986 and established itself as a product of fashion in its own right.
In the 1990s, the appearance of the superstar gave a kick to this great classic, soon followed by the Lycra jeans wave in 1994. Lycra jeans met a great success with women and in 1996, for the first time , women buy as many jeans as men.
In 2000, Rica Lewis became number one in jeans in the retail market.
Today, jeans have become an identity sign of belonging to a community. Its shape (the slim, the boot cut, the relax, the regular, etc.) or its brand (diesel, notify, acquaverde, pepe jeans) is a sign of rallying to a social stereotype.
From the functional clothing worn by the pioneers to the creations of the greatest stylists, blue jean will have marked the history of the 20th century.