Fashion trends come and go, but denim jeans are one item of clothing that will always be a staple in everyone’s closet. It’s the particular style of denim that changes year after year, some decades seeing a rise in baggy jeans, others full of tight, low-rise moments. The trends are so specific that you can probably figure out what year a photo was taken just by looking at the style of jeans being worn.
Back in the 1800s, when jeans were first invented, they were mainly popular with miners and workers who needed to wear something sturdy and reliable. It wasn’t until the 1930s that jeans became more mainstream, when they entered the Hollywood scene in popular Westerns. Back then, jeans were associated with cowboys and the movie stars who played them. It took about another twenty years before jeans became a casual staple worn by both men and women on a regular basis.
Below is a glimpse at what jeans looked like the year you were born. Most of these styles have come and gone throughout the years, meaning you’re sure to see a resurgence of all of these trends at some point, if you haven’t already.
1950 – 1953: Jeans were Western-inspired and just getting popular.
In the very early 1950s, jeans were just starting to become more of a fashion trend thanks to actors like Marlon Brando and James Dean wearing them on a pretty regular basis. Still, even as they became more „cool,“ they had a Western vibe to them and were primarily worn by men. It wasn’t until 1952 when Marilyn Monroe wore a pair in her film “River of No Return” that they became a staple for women as well.
1954 – 1956: Boxy jeans were in style, and they were usually cuffed.
Throughout most of the 1950s, jeans had a boxy look to them — they weren’t fitted or particularly baggy, they just looked more stiff. They were also almost always worn rolled up.
1957 – 1959: Jeans and a white tee became a trend.
Today, jeans and a white tee are a classic. This started back in 1957 when Brigitte Bardot became one of the first women photographed in cropped, less boxy jeans with a white t-shirt, according to Elle.
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