Denim: The Evergreen Piece Of Fabric In Your Wardrobe

From jeans to skirts to shirts, denim can be used for different kinds of clothing

Aindrisha Mitra Updated: Sep 2, 2020 18:43:11 IST
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Denim is a quintessential piece of fabric for both men and women. It is now a ubiquitous piece of garment, whose popularity has only grown over the years.  You can sport it as casual wear or even make it work as a semi-formal attire.

There’s still considerable debate regarding the origins of denim. On one hand, it is believed that denim was first manufactured as workwear for farmers and miners in the US’ western states in the 19th century. On the other hand, it is also often argued that denim was first made in the French town of Nîmes.

It was Levi Strauss who, along with Jacob Davis, a tailor, popularized the fabric by patenting what’s known as the classic jeans, in 1873 in San Francisco. Its popularity exploded over the next century which led a writer for the American Fabrics magazine to mention the following in a 1969 article: “Denim is one of the world’s oldest fabrics, yet it remains eternally young.”

Denims are known for their toughness and durability. They don’t wear off easily, which means that you don’t have to worry about it ripping. No wonder then that the fabric is used to make jackets, skirts, shirts, trousers and even caps and handbags.

Different denims you can choose

When it comes to jeans, it’s advisable to opt for a well-fitting one. From skinny jeans to flared fits, denim clothes are tailored differently to suit various style needs.

You could go for a regular-fit or a slim-fit based on your preference. High-waist jeans can complement someone with a tall frame, whereas mid-rise denim clothing suits those with an average to short height. Bell-bottoms, which were a rage in the ‘70s and ‘80s, are making a comeback too. If you are looking for loose-fitting pants, oversized and baggy jeans can be an option. A stretchable pair also scores high on comfort. 

Sport your denim well

You can wear your denim jeans with a T-shirt, a formal shirt, an ethnic kurta or a tunic based on the occasion for which you are dressing. Dungarees can also be an interesting choice.

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