Thursday, December 23, 2010

Looking at the Past: Denim

Looking through the wonderful photos from the early 1940s over at the Denver Post is great fun. The color photos help bring the war era alive in a way black and white photos cannot.

One thing that I noticed is the prevalence of denim in work and very casual environments.

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Unlike today, denim was meant purely to be worn when the wearer was going to get down to the nitty gritty. Rarely was denim ever 'dressed up' with more formal accoutrements (sports coat, nice shoes, dressy shirt, etc.) like it often is today. One unusual exception to this were farmers who liked to wear worn out suit jackets over their denim overalls, though I doubt they were trying to 'dress up' by wearing this combo.

I like to keep denim where it was originally meant to be: at work and extreme play.


Yankee-Whisky-Papa said...

Denim is a funny thing, and jeans are nearly holy/patriotic. But, yes, they DO have their place.

During college, I was arranging the logistics of a date that I had with a lovely sophomore that evening, the first stop of which was to a drinks party with some of her sorority sisters. I asked what the dress code was, and she said "Maybe a button-down shirt, sweater vest, tie, and some dress-jeans." It was our first and last date together.

Laurence said...

I gave up wearing jeans years ago and couldn't be happier. Maybe I'm just rebelling against those who wear nothing but. Oddly enough, I don't miss them.

Troy Eckhardt said...

Hey Will. Thanks for sharing that link to the pictures. I really enjoyed looking at them.


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