Next up in my Fashion Essentials series is denim. Originally only for manual laborers because of its durability, Levi Strauss popularized denim in the 19th century, manufacturing overalls or ‘jeans pants’ as they were known, for coal miners in the USA.
“By the 1930s, cowboys in the United States had also adopted this seemingly indestructible pant. The rise in popularity of Western movies in the U.S. introduced the general public to jeans and soon every boy and man wanted to imitate their screen idols and get a pair. The rugged lifestyle of jean wearers helped to create a jean identity.”- from the History of Denim
In the 20th century, jeans were transformed into a pop culture fad: think bell bottoms in the 60s and 70s. Currently, denim sales are skyrocketing. The metamorphosis of jeans from a commodity to a fashion item happened during the 90s; when jeans evolved into a number of various other items such as jackets, shorts, skirts etc.
How many denim items do you own? I bet it is more than four, maybe even over ten. I counted that I have nine: two pairs of boyfriend jeans; two ripped pairs, three skinny. I have one denim shirt and one pair of denim shorts. As my own capsule collection of denim has evolved over the years, I am now sharing with you my favourite denim essentials (for which I always stick to my rule: keep denim below the waist):
A) Boyfriend jeans
a. ACNE pop trash boyfriend jeans 260.00 GBP
c. Shop Wasteland awesome baggies 145.00 USD
B) Essential skinnies
c. ASOS Ridley high waist jeans 30.00 GBP
I am a complete sucker for shorts with the pockets that creep out below the hemlines, as if a little DIY-ed happened at home before you stepped out the door. Remarkably hard to find online (is there more DIY going on than I thought?) here are some of my best finds:
D) Overalls (okay, okay so I am breaking my rule just a little bit here.)
Since I spied one of my blogger favourites Style Heroine in her Stella McCartney denim overalls I had to go try out the style myself. I prefer something slouchy for dungarees, and Frame Denim have this slouchy pair you might like. Alternatively, here are my top picks:
2. Paige Denim Sierra Overall 279.00 USD
3. Shop Wasteland LA overalls 145.00 USD