Masculinity or Durability


Men in society should become more aware in the fact that not only can they look masculine in a nice pair of jeans, but those jeans can have the durability they are looking for as well. A nice pair of jeans does not mean they are not durable, and an ugly pair of jeans does not justify them as being durable and not fashionable. Most men in society do not even know the beginning of denim and its history.  Where does Denim get its “masculinity” title? Where did this title originate?  What are denim jeans made of that makes them extremely durable? All questions that could/should be kept in mind while debating for which pair of jeans to buy, whether it is for the sense of style or the durability of the product.


Ultimately it depends on the occasion the pair of jeans will be sported at, from either at a popular, social event or simply at a workspace.  A pair of denim blue jeans can be both stylish and durable; as examples, take a look at iconic American figures associated with blue jeans that have set a certain tone to jeans and their masculinity. You had the cowboy who sported a pair of wrangler blue jeans; The biker in his rolled up, cuff blue jeans, the greasers, also known as “ the rebels”, who flocked to denim and found a kindred spirit in them, in which is safe to say will last another 60 years. Lastly the blue-collar worker that prefers the blue denim jean because they, like him, are made to be worn but never beaten. So whether the all American male is debating on what type of jeans to go with the denim blue jean is a classic, good for working and keeping that masculine title. 


We can all refer back to my denim article on cuts when I say that not every style and cut of denim is for every man. There are certain body types and specific cuts that fit best and men should just stick to them, whether it is for the masculinity title or durability. According to the New York Fashion center of fabrics not all fabrics are created equally. Denim being rugged, warm and durable it is seen all over the world. Denim has soared over the last 60 years and will continue as fashionistas change and tweak their favorite pair of jeans into something new and bold that will catch the eye in hopes of creating a new trend. Here is some brief history of denim and its origin.

__Denim fabric is made from cotton with a twill weave, in which the weft threads passes beneath two warp threads, resulting in diagonal ribs on the backside of the material. Imported from France in the late 18th Century, denim, originally known as “serge de Nimes”, after the French town of Nimes in which it was first produced, has evolved into a very “American” fabric. Denim was the fabric of choice during the California Gold Rush, as Levi Strauss produced a tremendously durable and versatile pant for the miners.

__Denim fashioned into pants or trousers is referred to as jeans. The term “jeans” was derived from “blue de Genes”, or “blue of Genoa”, as the pants were sold in the port town as well as worn by the Genoese Navy, who required an all-purpose trouser for active duty. Jeans were relegated to the working world of factories, dude ranches and loading docks up to the 1950's, when teenagers began wearing the pants in protest of the slacks and dressier clothing of the previous generation. Jeans are now a fashion juggernaut, available in a wide array of cuts and finishes, with some extremely expensive brands featuring ornate decorative stitching and attached faux jewels.

__Denim fabric is available in a host of weights and finishes, including some that incorporate Spandex for added stretch and comfort. Although blue is still the predominant color for denim clothing, stone washed gray and black have become popular alternatives. Denim's durability allows it to be machine washed many times over, although hanging to dry is recommended lest the material shrink.

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