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Stonewashed Jeans – Pop Culture Trends And Their Celebrity Influences

By James Cameroone

Jeans originated as sturdy trousers for factory workers in the second World War. Men’s jeans during this period had the zipper down the front where as women’s jeans had the zipper on the side. Button fly jeans were not yet available in this time, nor were stonewashed jeans . But like so many things in America, the popularization of stonewashed jeans only came into affect after a celebrity paved the path for pop culture to follow.

Jeans then became part of the official working uniform for the United States Navy in the 20th century, before they were replaced by coveralls and later by the completely unfashionable uniforms they wear today. But I guess all those medals look a lot better on a heavily starched jacket than a pair of crappy coveralls. And with all the heroes America produces, they know they need somewhere to put all those medals.

Of course at the opposite end of the spectrum for wholesome use for jeans is the fact that they became fairly standard prison garments by the late 1950s. Denim was cheap, sturdy, long lasting and easy to mend rips and holes in. It wasn’t long before even the guards starting dawning denim.

But prisoners became upset that guards were permitted to wear their very own stonewashed jeans , while prisoners had to wear flat navy blue denim, which was not seen to be nearly as gangster. So the prisoners felt it should have been just the opposite in terms of who got to wear stonewashed jeans and who didn’t.

The resultant effects on popular culture from the James Dean movie Rebel without a Cause was the fixation of America’s youth on the inherent sweetness of Stonewashed jeans. It is really no surprise that an American icon like James Dean was able to popularize the most pivotal and substantial garment type in the history of mankind. Now that is influence people!

Stonewashed jeans are standard wardrobe in Stonewashed Movie, check it out!

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