Friday, 01 September 2017

History of style: Jeans

Written by Bicester Village
Choosing a pair of jeans can be daunting to say the least. With a multitude of cuts, washes and styles to choose from, jeans have come a long way from their humble beginnings. Originally designed in thenineteenth century, denim was the preserve of the working man. Cut from rigid denim, with heavyweight stitching and rivets, jeans were made to withstand the toughest working conditions. Nearly 150 years later, jeans are now our go-to for work, play and everything in between.

As is the nature of fashion, what goes around, comes around. The contemporary way to wear denim is with a distinctly vintage vibe. We may have scoffed at 80s denim, but this season's jeans for women are underpinned by a retro aesthetic; think rigid, high-waisted cuts with a straight leg. Known as the 'Mum jean', this is a universally flattering silhouette that can be dressed up or down in an instant. To avoid looking swamped, tuck your top into your jeans; feminine blouses are perfect for casual workwear, while slouchy tees make for a fuss-free weekend look. For jeans in every wash, cut and fit imaginable, head to Diesel, who live and breathe denim. Their new JoggJeans blend comfort with authenticity in a range of innovative washes and leg styles. If you're devoted to your Boyfriend jeans, give your look a modern twist by rolling at the ankle and pairing with a killer heel. A classic leather belt will help streamline your outfit.

For many men, jeans are the staple item upon which their wardrobe is built around. As your most well-worn piece of clothing, it is vital to choose jeans that fit correctly; well-made jeans will naturally mould to the body and wear in all the right places. To make your jeans work for evening as well as day, choose a dark wash, either deep indigo or black. A straight leg works for all ages and figures; Ted Baker's Tapered Fit jeans are slim fitting rather than skinny. Superdry's Corporal jeans are cut with a slim leg in a variety of shades; a pair in black is smart enough to replace a two-piece suit. Wear with classic Oxfords, a tailored shirt and suit blazer. If you like your denim less formal, more casual, explore the range of vintage washes at Paul Smith. From light indigo to washed black, these jeans lend themselves to a weekend look; pair with lightweight knitwear and casual trainers. For a distressed take on classic denim, head to Belstaff and discover the Eastha – hardwearing, stretch denim jeans with biker inspired detail. Pair with a simple white tee and boots for a grungy look.

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