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In search of the Perfect...Jean

by Clint Cedillo (writer), Houston-Galleria, June 28, 2007

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Jeans. We all own a pair...I would at least hope we all own a pair. Regardless of our body type, we are all in search of the perfect pair of jeans.

Blue jeans personify America. No item of clothing is more American than the blue jeans invented in 1873 by Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss. These two visionary immigrants, turned denim, thread and a little metal into the most popular clothing product in the world.

Originally worn by sailors and California gold miners as sturdy work pants, jeans have are now worn by the young as a statement of their generation, and by the fashionable, who are conscious of the prestige conveyed by designer names.

Denim cloth itself has an unusual history. The name comes from serge de Nimes, France...hence De Nimes or Denim. Originally, it was strong material made from wool. By the 1700s, it was made from wool and cotton. Only later was it made solely from cotton. Originally, it was used to make sails, but eventually, some innovative Genovese sailors thought it fit that such fine, strong material would make great pants, or "genes."

In 1980 came the controversial Calvin Klein ad slogan heard around the world. Who can ever forget 15-year-old Brooke Shields whispering that timeless statement Nothing comes between me and my Calvins? As Vogue magazine editor in 1988, Anna Wintour's first cover was a pair of Guess stonewash jeans paired with a Christian Lacroix beaded top. The 90s took denim onto country-western dance floors, onto the red carpet and created puzzling fashion styles from born-to-be-torn grunge jeans to baggy hip-hop jeans to rock star appeal — all adding to the confusion of casual Fridays.

Aside of the history, jeans are here to stay. A staple in everyone's wardrobe, they are the one thing that we cannot live without. When I am looking for the perfect jean, my peers can agree that when we want is to look slimmer in some spots and plumper in others. Extreme low rise and a dark rinse achieves these requisites.

Enough about me...what do you look for in the perfect jean? Do you have a brand that you endorse? A cut that is timeless for you? Bestow your infinite knowledge upon us...



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By Geddy on June 30, 2007 at 04:45 pm
I know of no one that doesn't own at least one pair. I prefer a looser fit with plenty of room for "my boy's". I just cannot stand to see people wearing them below the buttcheeks with their nasty drawers all exposified. Makes me just wanna go up and pull em the rest of the way down so I can watch 'em trip over themselves whilst I run away :P
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By Jen on July 01, 2007 at 01:31 pm
Low rise. definately low rise. Can hide a hint of belly and really gives the hips a nice shape. Add a little flare on the bottom and Im set. Great article! And...Im with you Geddy. I dont care how good looking a guy is...if I can see his boxers Im immediately turned off.
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By The Baroness on July 03, 2007 at 02:44 am
Hey Guys...I found a great store in New York- Soho by the name Uniglo that carries all styles and colors for women and men. My favorite are their skinny style in black. Its a Japanese denim line that has hit the states and the price point is great....$29.50- $49.50. Check it out online or the next time you are visiting.Good luck to finding your perfect jeans.
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By Annonymous on October 28, 2007 at 05:57 am
great article! i can't live without my old diesel...
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By Sharlene Hardin on December 14, 2008 at 02:36 am

I agree with Joe, Gap is good to me and because most of them are classic designs I don't have to worry about them going out of style the week after I buy them (or have to drop a small fortune for them either).

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