Nothing beats a pair of denim jeans. They’re my most favourite fashion item in terms of wearability, ease and of course, for being so timeless. They’re the most versatile piece in anyones wardrobe and you can dress for any style, decade, event, time of year and weather conditions in a pair of jeans.
Jeans have been around forever, well since the mid 1800’s and have been a staple to pretty much everyone since. At this time, jeans were more for durability than fashion and were actually created for workers and were definitely not as stylish as they are today. It wasn’t until the 1950’s that women really wore denim jeans and it was thanks to Marilyn Monroe that this trend caught on. The classic denim jeans and white t-shirt was born and is probably one of the most iconic looks created as it’s still just as fashionable today as it was then.
Fashion has evolved constantly over the years and jeans have been one of the focal points throughout the decades. Everyone owns a pair of jeans and probably have done since we can remember! This made me think about jeans over time and the styles I used to wear vs the styles I wear now and which will always be in my wardrobe regardless of trends.
During the 60’s and 70’s denim jeans were flared or boot cut and more fitted at the waist. This is a trend which has recently come back in style and one of my personal favourites. The 70’s flare is flattering on so many figures, especially when they’re super fitted at the top and on the thigh. The silhouette this style creates is great for shorter girls, as you can wear heels underneath and give the illusion of long legs, and for taller girls to wear with trainers or converse. The other styles leading up to the 80’s include straight cut, rolled up bottoms and raw hems along with dark denim and contrast stitching.
The 80’s made way for baggy jeans and the infamous mom jean that we’re all obsessed with. High rise, cropped, acid wash and destroyed denim were all introduced during the 80’s and really ramped up it’s popularity leading to the 90’s which is when denim became the biggest it’s probably ever been.
Even though I was tiny, I remember being obsessed with denim in the 90’s. Everyone was going crazy over brands like Tommy Hilfiger and Levi’s and there were so many styles that everyone seemed to be doing something different. Every TV show I watched, girlbands and boybands I was fan-girling over and anyone I saw in real life were wearing their take on the denim jean.
As we entered the naughties, denim went absolutely crazy. I vividly remember trying to keep up with the trends, most of which were cringe-worthy and awful, but somehow seem to come back around in some form, even now. I’m mostly thinking of suuuuper low cut waistlines to show your tiny string thong and we can’t forget the bling… a lot of iron on gems and an awful, awful lot of bling!
Fast forward to now and pretty much anything goes. Typically, styles are less controversial with low waistlines, but not too low, some embellishing, but nowhere near where we were 20 years ago! You can wear flares, bootcut, baggy, mom, whatever you like, but in general these trends are slightly toned down versions of their former selves and are much more wearable with a classic wardrobe.
My absolute favourites are straight leg jeans because they go with everything, skinny black jeans for winter, and for when I’m feeling a little 70’s, I absolutely love flared jeans. I tend to buy my denim from ASOS and Topshop because they’re easy to wear, good quality and affordable. I tend to prefer darker denim, black and grey during winter and into spring and then a lighter wash and looser fit during summer and into autumn. I sometimes wear trend denim, but the classic styles always win for me.