The History of Denim

The History of Denim

But what are the origins of denim and how did it ever come about?

24 August 2017

As we introduce the first Review Denim collection, we reflect on the history of everyone’s favourite fabrication!

For a lot of us, denim is our go-to in everyday life, whether it’s a great pair of jeans or an easy to throw on denim jacket.

But what are the origins of denim and how did it ever come about?

In 1873, Jacob Davis and the Levi Strauss created the fabric that we know today as denim. This fabric was transformed into durable and sturdy work pants for men that did labour intensive jobs. Fitted with pockets and copper rivets to prevent ripping was once a functional element, but this is now is more of a style element.

Denim has come a long way from its humble beginnings as workwear, and are now the ultimate fashion staple that every woman (and man) should have in their wardrobe. In the 60s and 70s, it was all about different shades of denim from navy to sky blue, with a super high-waist fit and flared bottoms.

Acid wash reigned supreme in the 80s and came in everything from skirts to shorts and even skorts. The 90s was the decade where mum jeans were cool; featuring a high waist line and a slightly more baggy fit around the legs; they took into account comfort and style. Finally, the 00s, or denim as we know it today, is extremely diverse and includes prints, embroidery, different styles and unique new cuts and shapes.

Smartie Pant
 

A must-have wardrobe item is a pair of classic and flattering slim-fit jeans. The Review Girl’s go-to is the Smartie Pant – designed to flatter all body shapes with a triple-seam and high-waisted band to accentuate every unique shape.

It can be worn as the perfect everyday jean, tapered around the ankle or rolled at the bottom to add a bit of retro flair. Dress the jean up with a blazer and some bright heels, or dress down with a casual striped top and a pair of ballet flats.

Delilah Jacket
 

Another staple item is the stylish, yet versatile denim jacket. Our Delilah Jacket is perfectly cropped to make any outfit look great.

Featuring a cute polka-dot print on the inside that can be seen when the cuffs are rolled. Wear it over one of our prom dresses or flare skirts for a retro-inspired look.

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