What Makes You Love Denim?

More of a Wednesday thought provoking post today as I’d love to hear readers thoughts and views on this subject. I’ve shared with you numerous times why I love denim and how I got into it (if you missed it, see here, here, and here), but I also mentioned how my thoughts towards jeans have changed quite significantly over the last year or so due to the craziness that the denim world has become, in efforts to stand out and be noticed. It almost feels like my best friend got a new group of friends and started acting completely different, catching me off guard.

In efforts to try and rekindle my romance with the blue jean (actually that’s not true, I love blue denim, just not a fan of the crazy trends), I thought it might be nice for us to share stories on what makes us all love jeans so much and how we first got into them. Reignite that spark and enthusiasm so to speak! Plus, it’s always good to learn more about you and everyone else since we are a community after all.

My original love for denim really did start when I was young. Apparently I used to love wearing dungarees and I remember having an indigo blue pair of jeans that were rigid when I was about 12, always styling them with a rainbow top, thinking I was completely cool. When I grew out of those, I actually turned them into a bag and customised it, which is when I learned just how much I loved denim and found it fascinating looking for the perfect fit and actually using the fabric to make things. It led to an obsession which went on to designer jeans and collecting them in general. You could say jeans were my hobby, which then turned into a career due to so much passion.

Gone are the days though where I would spend every waking hour scouring eBay and the internet high and low for the best deals, and gone are the days of waiting up until 6am to bid on an American auction for a pair of jeans I had been longing for for months. I would say I’m more mellow with it, even though I love denim. Back then, it used to fascinate me and I would get so excited for the latest washes and fits, there was something so innovative about it and having a brand obsession (started with Rock & Republic and then it was Diesel) as it just gave me a warm feeling inside. Now for me, the industry is over saturated with so many brands and jeans or crazy trends, it’s all too much and in your face, and I feel like that’s the reason so many people have turned to vintage as they want that nostalgia and originality of the simple blue jean.

What used to get me excited was things like different rivets, a fancy button, pocket details, pocket linings in a different colour, intricate and detailed washes… But that’s all very much a thing of the past now and I’ve only got a few brands left in my love list that really do focus on at least one of those things and that’s AG Jeans and Citizens of Humanity – they’re my go to. I quite like classic AGOLDE jeans as they’re more affordable and have great details like Citizens (they’re a sister brand), so I love these brands for the washes they create – they really know how to make them authentic. But then I like GRLFRND (love some of their styles) and FRAME for the fit, as well as MOTHER, but they lack in quality for the washes in comparison and MOTHER has been quite difficult to work with. There’s no one brand now that has it all.

So, that’s what used to really get me going with denim and why I fell in love with it, what about you? What’s your story? Let me know in the comments below! And also, let me know of any brands you love at the moment which really get you excited for denim right now! Lorna xx.

8 Comments

  1. Ari
    February 7, 2018 / 2:00 pm

    My favorite thing about jeans is how versatile they are. One pair of jeans can be the base of a bunch of different looks. My current favorite style is just a basic black skinny because it goes with everything! And wearing black jeans with an all-black outfit is super chic. My current favorites are the rocket high rise in black by Citizens of Humanity, and the high-waisted ankle skinny by Rag and Bone, also in black. Both pairs are super comfortable and flattering. I love Rag and Bone because I can usually depend on that brand for jeans that fit me well, and the quality and washes are good. I only have the one pair from Citizens, but it is one of my favorites and I do want to branch out and get a few more from them since the quality is so good.

  2. Julie gejeian
    February 7, 2018 / 6:15 pm

    My love of denim comes from the respect I have to all the miners, lumberjacks, cowboys,, ranchers, farmers, and factory workers who in their simple rugged denim jeans helped to shape and grow our work ethic that helped to make our country strong and great. An homage to a simple fabric that continues to inspire us to this very day.

    • Lorna
      Author
      February 8, 2018 / 12:53 am

      That’s a really nice way of looking at it!

  3. Tommy
    February 8, 2018 / 3:35 am

    I remember loving the look of jeans since I was a young child. I would see that everyone would wear them, from the construction worker to my teachers at school. The love I had for denim grew over the years as I learned more about them and how important they were in our culture. So many iconic people in the public eye wore jeans, and that extended to those of us in the so-called real world. The look, fit and feel of denim is still something I love. The details in the stitching, the colors, wear and tare, and how a pair of jeans changes over time all intrigue me. I love that a good pair of jeans can last for years, fading and changing over time with the person who wears them. Each quality pair of jeans tell a story of the person in them. For me Levi’s are the ultimate brand in jeans and present the gold standard of denim.

    • Lorna
      Author
      February 8, 2018 / 10:52 am

      It’s really good to see the fades and creases that tell a story of the wearer. I absolutely love that too! I’m not aware of another fabric you can wear religiously and have it conform to you in a unique way.

  4. Jenny
    February 8, 2018 / 5:24 pm

    Hi there! I love denim for the patina, wash, comfort, versatility and overall coolness denim brings to an outfit. Currently, my favorites are the Mother Insider in Double Trouble, a pair of Re/Dones (I finally found some that I like that fit me) and a pair of Paige Verdugo in Black Shadow Destructed. These are three fairly different pairs but they all fit me pretty well and are comfortable so that’s why I wear them so much. I also just got the Mother Hustler Ankle Fray in Cat Got Your Tongue but I think the rise is too high for me — they keep falling down. I have also tried Moussy (I love the washes) but again, I think the rise I got was too high for me. A 9-10″ rise is just right.

    • Lorna
      Author
      February 9, 2018 / 11:40 am

      Hi Jenny! Oh that’s exciting! I share a love of the Paige Verdugo in Black Shadow Destructed! I generally prefer a higher rise though, but they’re gorgeous! RE/DONE never fitted me well due to them being so rigid and tight, don’t really work on my body shape. I am yet to try MOUSSY but I have seen how amazing their washes are!

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