The History of Denim: The Genealogy of Jeans

From boot cut to skinny, high-waisted to hip-huggers, jeans are a staple of the modern girl’s wardrobe, but that hasn’t always been the case. They were strictly for men when they were invented by Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss in 1873.  The sturdy denim pants quickly became an icon of the American West.

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Image via Selvedge Yard
Their popularity spread from cowboys and miners, to teen boys in the 50s inspired by icons like James Dean and Marlon Brando.

In 1954, Grace Kelly brought the idea of women in jeans to the silver screen in Rear Window, but they didn’t really catch on for women until the 70s, when bell-bottoms swept the fashion world.

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Image via Modesty is my Policy

If you’re looking for your perfect pair of jeans, check out these selections, or browse our curated collection!

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