If you thought jeans were a modern invention only recently popularized by teenagers, you are missing out on their long and storied history . Names like Lee ,Levi , and Wrangler may sound familiar, as these companies were at the forefront of the jean revolution. But have you ever wondered where their alternate names, denim & dungarees , came from? Independently from one another, Frenchmen in Nimes, France and merchant sailors from Dhunga, India began wearing trousers made from blue, "jean-like " fabric. Dhunga lent its name to "dungarees ," while trousers from (or, in French, de) Nimes became known as denim . Nowadays, they're just about the most popular form of legwear around. They can be adapted into an outfit for going out, or thrown on to lay about the house. Jeans are a versatile, comfortable and ever-stylish clothing staple. "Jeans " is a fairly generic term, in fact, there are many specific sub-species of jeans to be found in the fashion kingdom.
Types of Jeans
- Baggy Jeans: For the loose, saggy look. You'll never feel constricted in a pair of baggy jeans .
- Bell-Bottoms: Bell-bottoms were the original, and they've given way to flares and bootcuts. Popularized by hippies, bell-bottoms are jeans that provide a lot of breathing room around the shoe.
- Capris: Capri, or flood trousers stop right under the knee, a compromise between short and long jeans .
- Carpenter: Similar to cargo shorts, or cargo trousers, the carpenter jean is replete with pockets for storing nails, and normally has a loop for a labourer's hammer.
- Jorts: "Jorts" is a portmanteau of jean + shorts. All the style of a pair of jeans at half the length!
- Low-Rise: A perfect choice for those seeking the hip-hugging look.
- Overalls: Sometimes associated with farmers, overalls are jeans that have an upper portion and braces! No need for a belt with these.
- Slim-fit: Slim-fit or "skinny " jeans are a narrow-legged and stylish pair.
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