Thursday, September 1, 2011

Don’t Color Me Blue

The general consensus seems to be that Levi Strauss invented the jean, but au contraire mon frere, this is a misconception. The story goes that the word “jean” is derived from the word Genoa. Referring to the material that sailors from Genoa used in their pants. The material was a coarse cotton and wool blend that originated in Italy. Thankfully, by the time that the jean caught on in England, the material was 100% cotton. This concludes today’s history lesson.

And yes, this writer loves her denim! In the words of Yves Saint Laurent, “I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, and simplicity - all I hope for in my clothes.”

Jeans are a staple in any wardrobe and with the fall/winter trend of jeans in every color under the rainbow; the comfortable, vibrantly hued denim can easily be taken from casual to dressy. An added bonus to this hot trend is that it’s genderless. Case in point is the blazing red jeans that Justin Beiber sported to the VMAs. But, I guess he is just so adorable that he’d look cute in a paper sack. I wonder what readers think. Is the colored jean a look for guys?

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