I am in hell. I’ve actually found something as horrifying as trying on bathing suits.
All my jeans, the staple of my wardrobe, have worn out at once. Worn jeans aren’t usually a problem, but I wear my jeans to work, so strategically placed rips, bleach explosions, and ragged hems are verboten. I do have standards. Some jeans should never leave the house.
Unfortunately, women’s jean styles change every year. Every year. They cost more. Every year. And, seriously, do I really want jeans with rhinestones and tacky stitching riding on my back pockets? For crying out loud. A guy can still find a pair of Levis 501s without mortgaging the house.
Levi Strauss, a nineteenth century German immigrant, could never have imagined the twenty-first century jeans market. From 1853 to 1873, he perfected a brand of hard-working pants for miners. At first he used canvas, but the miners said the pants chaffed, so Levi changed to a French cotton cloth, called “serge de Nimes.” The fabric became known as denim, the pants earned the nickname blue jeans, and the rest is history.
The special pocket stitch design (sans glitter) appeared in 1873, and the company patented the strengthening rivets May 20, 1873 – the official birthday of jeans.
So, I continue my quest. I am a jeans woman, a denim partisan, a button-fly freedom fighter. I won’t allow fashion or lack of funds to stand in my way.
If old school misses jeans are still out there, I will find them.
What are your favorite kinds of jeans and where do you find them?
Jeans art – Foter. Glass button – me.