There was a time, a number of years ago, when women thought it was improper to wear slacks. As time went by they became acceptable, but not for church. When jeans came
on the scene they were certainly taboo for women. Now though, they wear slacks or jeans to church. They say its been 75 years since jeans began being made, then they were mainly worn by farmers and miners.
Yes, it’s been 75 years since Levi Strauss Company created the first pair. Women started wearing slacks and jeans when the fashion industry convinced them that pants were a necessary part of a well dressed wardrobe.
So, women wear jeans and we’ve reached the point where we can’t get along without them. In the 1980’s jeans became high fashion clothing. Famous fashion designers began making jeans and sales started to sky rocket. Now they are made to fit the curves of a woman’s body. A buyer may choose slight curve, demi curve and bold curve.
As a child, I didn’t wear jeans. As a teen, I remember wearing pedal pushers, but they were not made of denim. In High School there was only one boy in the class who wore jeans, we called them overalls, and that was o.k. because he was a farmer. Now, even babies are dressed in jeans and sneakers, probably starting at six months.
Men wear jeans with sport coats and those, both men and women, who want to make a
deliberate fashion statement wear jeans that are acid washed, have rips and tears and fraying cuffs and pockets. Of course, I now wear jeans. I prefer those with a high rise, (hard to find) and have learned that all jeans are not suitable for all body shapes. A little bit of stretch is helpful in getting jeans on, and make a woman look thinner. Skinny jeans are fun and look good with boots, as do most jeans.
I’m sure I have not touched on anything about jeans that you already don’t know. We wear a pair of jeans for a day, then throw them in the dirty clothes basket to be washed and if you’re like me, pressed.
Here’s the latest jeans information you may not be aware of. A CEO of Levis Strauss, says, “Don’t wash your jeans.” At the “green” conference where he was speaking he worn a pair of jeans that
had “not yet seen a washing machine in over a year.” Scary isn’t it! And what about the germs? No problem, he says. Just stick your jeans in the freezer once a month ( next to the frozen waffles) to kill off the bacteria.
He wasn’t kidding! He claimed that not washing your jeans keeps them in mint condition and helps conserve water. These thoughts he gave as two good reasons for accepting his ideas. If by chance they appear soiled, he suggests spot cleaning with a tooth brush or sponge.
If you are beginning to like the idea, you may want to consider the fact that freezing your jeans will not kill all bacteria, but hopefully it does kill the germs that may cause them to smell. (ugh!) There’s more, throwing them in the microwave just might complete the job of killing the germs.
Consider this! This was not a comedy act, this was a serious, grown man, a representative of the Levi Strauss Company, who went on to say that ” real denim aficionados never put their threads near soap and water.” That’s news to me, but then, you wouldn’t consider me a denim aficionados! So here’s the question: “To wash or not to wash?” I want to hear your thoughts on this.
By the way, since this seems to be a subject to help the environment, I must say that I do wash jeans in cold water, something else he recommends if you must wash them. It’s said that this step saves a person 50 cents a load, so, consider what eliminating washing completely would save you.