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Your Best Friend In Many Occasions

That jeans are so versatile is just an understatement. It can be worn in a very large variety of situations each and every day. They are perfect for everyday activities such as going to the grocery store, meeting friends for coffee, or doing the garden. Jeans will always provide comfort and flexibility for a range of activities.

As it comes to workplaces, they’re seen everywhere too these days. Whether you are working in a more casual or business environment. They are an acceptable attire. Also for social gatherings, they are your best friend. Going out on dinner with your friends, or going for a movie night, a barbecue, a drink, or a romantic evening, jeans will never let you down.

And not to forget outdoor activities. Denim fabrics of jeans are so durable and long-lasting. Super practical for activities like hiking, biking, camping, or picnics. Since day one when they were still workwear garments, they provide protection and coverage while allowing freedom of movement. And the best part is that everyone looks stunning in jeans too.

But what are the key elements of the diversity of a pair? And what makes them so popular? Time to zoom in on 10 key points!

The 10 Key Points Of Diversity

The diversity of jeans extends far beyond just only their color or fit. So many aspects and influences contribute to the look and details of a pair of blue jeans. Here’s a top 10 list;

1. Fit and Silhouette

Jeans are available in a very wide range of different fits and silhouettes. For each body type, there’s a pair available. The most popular and common fits include; skinny, slim, straight, baggy, bootcut, flare, boyfriend, and relaxed.

2. Finish and Wash

These days, jeans are available in countless washes and finishes. The most authentic is rigid, so without any factory treatment, also called raw or unwashed. The color palette is ranging from dark indigo to mid-dark to light washed. Finishes are called distressed, stone wash, tinted wash, medium wash, acid wash, or vintage wash. A wash or finish gives a pair a certain look and therefore it’s key to the look.

3. Fabric

The most original fabric composition is made of 100% cotton. This composition is also the strongest and will last your jeans the longest. As comfort is key for most people, denim mills started to produce denim fabrics with stretch. Elastane, polyester, and other fibers are added in a small percentage to cotton. Adding this means more movement, freedom, and above all, a comfortable pair since day one.

4. Details

Originally, jeans were made without unnecessary design elements. It was just two legs, five pockets, buttons or a zipper, and rivets. As the demand grew over time, they were made with all kinds of details to reach a wide audience. Think of patches, embroideries, stitches, paints, and applications. It’s these details that add extra personality and uniqueness to each pair. There’s a ‘flavor’ in the end for everyone.

5. Color

Blue is still the most iconic and traditional color for jeans and denim. The popular blue color is available in a super wide range of indigo shades. From light, mid, to dark, and unwashed. Next to blue, you can also score a pair in all colors of the rainbow like the basic colors black, white, gray, and khaki, but not to forget, pink, purple, yellow, you name it.

6. Rise

Jeans are made in different rises. You can pick a classy high-rise, mid-rise, or a more low-rise. The rise on your jeans affects where the waistband sits on the body and can influence the overall look and comfort of your pair.

7. Length

Nowadays, jeans are available in various lengths. This wasn’t always the case. You can read more about the origin in a previous article here. The different length allows people to get the right length in a denim store without making them shorter. Most commons lengths are 30, 32 or 34. Some people prefer a longer length so they can wear their jeans with cuffs for extra styling.

Tip! Learn about 8 different ways of how to cuff your pair here.

8. Cultural Influences

Jeans have become a global wardrobe staple, and different cultures and regions have their preferences and interpretations of denim fashion. That’s also the beauty. Everyone can adopt it and give it their own twist. These cultural influences contribute to the diversity of jeans styles worldwide.

9. Brand and Designer Influence

Different brands and designers bring their unique aesthetics and design philosophies to jeans, resulting in a diverse range of styles, from classic and timeless to trendy and avant-garde.

10. Customization and Personalization

Although there are countless options of jeans available in the market, so like to prefer a true one-of-a-kind. They want to express themself or add some extra personality to their pair. You can easily customize yours with the booming do-it-yourself culture. This started already during the 1960s and 1970s by hippies. Trial and error in combination with your creativity is key. The sky is the limit to make your pair the talk of the town.

Tip! Learn more about jeans in these previous articles;

Written by Wouter Munnichs
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine, I'm working as a freelance denim specialist for the industry. Titled as 'Denim Influencer 2020' by Rivet 50. Celebrated my 10th anniversary with Long John in 2021.