Thursday, March 18, 2010

Denim has changed my world...






While reading a copy of the magazine/catalogue that H&M puts out every month, I came across a piece about how fashion has changed and evolved over the last 10 years. One big change they mentioned was the introduction of premium denim, or designer jeans as we call 'em.  I'm not talking Brooke Shields in her Calvin Kleins circa '82, I mean brand name jeans like Rock & Republic and Seven for All Mankind.

Yeah they're wildly over priced, but I really do adore them! There was a time (1999-2000) when my friends and I wouldn't dream of going out (to a club) without wearing black pants, a black skirt or a black dress. But wear jeans? Never. What kind of hillbilly, ghetto misfit would wear jeans to the bar? We needed to dress up in our thick chunky heels, open back shirts and leather pleather pants. Hot. 

 And then around 2003 along comes designer jeans. Jeans that make your butt and legs look good, jeans that have a ridiculously long inseam, (what, you're not all 5'10"?) and a painfully low rise (6 inches should cover it, right?)  
Premium denim is in it's own world. The fit can be totally unforgiving. (You're bigger than size 32? No need to apply. Next.) So put those Mini-Eggs down, in fact just spit them out!


I find that Joe's Jeans and True Religion are 'generous' in their sizing. Seven and Paige Denim fit sorta middle of the road, and Citizens of Humanity and Rock & Republic fit insanely small. ( Of course fit varies according to the cut of the jeans, and your individual body shape/size. 

So now when my friends and I go to the bar (as much as that ever happens), skinny jeans and heels are the uniform du jour. The thought of wearing black 'dress pants' -as we called them, makes me cringe. Gah! Hideous! 
I suppose jeans are more a part of my everyday wardrobe then they were 10 years ago. Sure I had my GAP jeans, but the wash probably wasn't dark,  there wasn't a decent bootcut, and the waist was probably up to my belly button (maybe that actually wasn't a bad thing...)

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I wear jeans everyday, in fact my fave pair right now is a black pair of skinny's from Zeller's of all places (it's kinda like Target) AND they were only $19.99.  If all my jeans were premium denim, and cost over $200/pair I think Husband would have a heart attack. But then again he's rockin' his True Religion/Armani/Dolce and Gabbana jeans and he's way more of a brand name jean-hoe than I'll ever be. For realsies, that man can shop, you've gotta see his closet to believe it.  But that's another post for another time...


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29 comments:

bananas. said...

i totally remember when jeans were for grocery shopping and that's it. my first pair of seven jeans changed my life!

Blair @ Reasonably Swanky said...

I am so bad, I feel like all I wear is jeans. I have always been like that. Jeans and fun top has been my wardrobe for 10 years.

Have a great weekend!
xo
Blair

lovelyviolet5 said...

I love jeans but for summer I cant stand them!!!I need a dress or shorts or anyting that doesnt feel heavy on my skin!!!Is just to hot here in summer to wear jeans!!No thank you!!!

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Oh, designer jeans. Shall I ever own a pair of you? Sigh. ;)

Isn't it amazing how far jeans have come? I mean, 60 years ago it was unheard of for women to wear pants often, much less denim. And now jeans have evolved into not just comfort wear but professional wear in a sense. I love it!

When I go out to bars or clubs, I normally like to wear my denim skirt. But that's just because pants make me feel fat. Haha!

Great post. I hope you're having a happy friday! xoxoxo

hotpants™ said...

I love jeans.

GamecockQueen said...

I'm so w/ you on the 90s Spice Girls look! OMGosh! And I used to wear black dress pants to the club, a long time ago, when I first started going. Horrors! My favorite was to pair black dress pants with a red top. Yikes.

My absolute favorite expensive jeans are Paige. My have some elesticity to them and really suck in places that I want to minimize/hide! But they are still pretty comfortable. Not like pj pants, but still, pretty comfortable. My everyday casual jeans are Citizens of Humanity and I think you just said they are cut small. Yay! That makes me feel good!

Annika said...

*Screaming of horror* I had forgot about those ghastly black 'dress pants', I wouldn't even wear them to work nowadays! Come to think of it I think I still have a pair in my closet... Need to clean out that bad boy and buy me some designer jeans! I have never spent more then 40 dollars on a pair, don't care about brand so much as long as they are hot!

Tracie said...

I wear jeans all the time but, like a previous commentor, I can't stand them in the summer. They are just too heavy.

Annika said...

Oh and btw, got an award for you over at my blog! Cheers!

Kristin said...

I haven't been AS much of a jean addict since I had my bambino...but I was way addicted to Kasils back in the day. Ok...I did just buy a killer pair of grey Habitual skinnies. Who am I kidding?

Carolyn said...

I wished I liked wearing jeans, but I don't. I went designer denim crazy in college, but one day realized they weren't comfy on me, and I didn't like wearing them! I haven't worn them in years... I even spent a winter in London only wearing tights and skirts! Still I wish I could find a pair I LOVED for those moments that jeans are the best way to go.

Kimberly said...

Jeans! I love them, and with a pair of great shoes..any shoes. Heels, Gucci sneakers, sandals...it is all good.

I just HATE flip flops! When is that fad ever going to end?

Have a great weekend darling!

OceanDreams said...

Thank you for your sweet wishes for my fun weekend! :) Jeans are amazing, I have to agree. Hold your breath though, I have never owned a pair of 7 jeans! I want to fix that soon! Have a great weekend too.

tinypaperheart said...

what a great post! :)

Stephanie said...

Ohhh I love jeans too!!!! Check out J Brand Jeans. One of my favs.

Sarah said...

Love this post! I feel like your my fashion maiden, lol! I wish I could wear skinny jeans, so popular right now but I need the wide leg for my big bootee!

Pop Champagne said...

I love my pair of Lucky jeans! They are soo comfy, if I can wear them everyday to work I totally world!

Summer said...

I would love jeans SO much more if there was no muffin top. =)

.....InStyle.... said...

beautiful ck!

Ela said...

I heart my 7FAMs.

But I still dig the black dress pants on ocassion for dinner. Theory makes some fabulous ones :)

Off to catch up on what I've missed with you ;)

Tamara Nicole said...

Yes I'm a total jeans girl! I mean who doesn't love a fab cocktail dress?! BUT jeans- True Religion and Sevens are my faves, and yes they do cost a pretty penny but are well worth it, and they last forever!

Anywho love this post!

P.S. where's your pub located?! we are HUGE on pubs and traveling . . . will have to convince the hubby so let me know:-)

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