History of Denims

Our closets are incomplete without a dozen of denims living in them. But do you know they have a story that will take you back to 1873? Denim, a fabric that is traditionally coloured blue with indigo dye was used to make jeans by Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss in 1873. May 20, 1873 is considered to be the birthday of blue jeans as David and Strauss got a U.S. patent for putting rivets in sturdy trousers that were popular as work pants.

As years passed by, like any other fashion trend, jeans went through myriad adaptations. Actor Marilyn Monroe made the high-waist, bottom fold denims a rage in the 60s after she rocked it in her movie The Misfits (1961) . In the 70s came the flared denims. Bollywood stars such as Parveen Babi and Dharmender wore them like a pro. Ripped jeans appeared in the mid-70s on members of punk rock band Ramones. The 80s were all about skinny ankle-length jeans while denim dungarees took over in the 90s. Many vintage and retro trends have made a stylish comeback,and the credit goes to Bollywood’s fashion forwards. Here are top styles that jeans connoisseurs swear by:

Boot-cut denims: The boot-cut style was for sailors in the 18th century. In the 1970s and early ’80s, boot-cut jeans evolved to become bell-bottomed jeans, which had a much wider flare than the normal boot-cut. While the style never went out of fashion, in 2015, the boot-cut trend hit a high. Wear yours with the shirt tucked in.

Kareena Kapoor Khan and Rhea Chakraborty rock distressed denims.

Distressed denims: The trend of distressed or ripped jeans emerged in the late 1970s during the punk movement, and was a rage in the 1980s. It has been back on the style radar for a couple of years now. From 2014 till now, distressed denims have been getting much love. Team your ripped denims with a formal white top or a crop top or a ruffled tee — easy, comfy and stylish all at the same time.

Saiyami Kher wears frayed, flared jeans. (Instagram.com)

Frayed and flared: Frayed and cropped from the bottom and fitted at the thighs, they are a great pick for an informal look. Flared jeans were trending in the ’70s; this is a new adaptation of that look. Team it with an off-shoulder top or a halter one with high heels.

Esha Gupta and Sonal Chauhan in skinny jeans

Skinny Jeans: Tapered at the ankle, these slim cut jeans were a hit in the 50s. Stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Roy Rogers made a style statement in these. Now, they are a fashion staple and a nice pick for casual outings. Team skinny jeans with T-shirts or crop tops. Sneakers and pointed-toe shoes go well with the look.

Alia Bhatt and Esha Gupta wear high-waist jeans.

High-waist jeans: High-rise denims were loved by fashionable women in the ’40s. The credit goes to actors Katherine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich, who made the style popular. Today, Bollywood celebs love high-waist jeans. Paired with a crop top, a ruffled top or a simple tee, they make for a cool summer look.




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