Did you know that the first jeans were made in 1873 by Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis? Jeans by definition are trousers made from denim or dungaree cloth. Originally they were designed for cowboys and miners, but in the 1950s they became popular with teenagers.
Levi’s Jeans are considered comparable, but the inside seam can rub against the leg in the saddle. Levi’s were a traditional favorite in the West. Many cowboys preferred Levi’s 557s that are specifically designed for riding. They have slightly fuller thighs, legs that fit well over boots, a high rise in the back, and high set pockets. The 557s are no longer produced.
Wrangler Jeans in the straight-leg style are a favorite of many cowboys. They like the heavy fabric weight and the outside “rolled” seam. Wrangler has been the “Official Jeans of the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association” since 1974.
CUTS OF JEANS:
LOW-RISE: Fit low on the waist, to show a slender waist.
MID-RISE: Fit closer to the waist, good for most body types.
HIGH-RISE: Fit above the waist to the base of the ribcage.
BOOT-CUT: Fit slim through the hips and thighs, flare away from the calf to fit over boots.
FLARE LEG: Fit similar to boot-cut jeans, but the leg openings give a bell shape.
STRAIGHT-LEG: Fit more relaxed in the hips and thighs, the legs go straight down.
WASHES OF JEANS:
STONEWASHED: These jeans are light in color and have a softer feel. They are made to look this way by tumbling the jeans with a pumice stone to soften them.
DARK: These jeans are deep indigo in color, often feeling thicker and stiffer.
CLASSIC: These jeans are a moderately dark shade of blue, crisp and clean.
ACID: These jeans look faded with flecks of a darker shade, most popular in the 1980s.
By Starla Kaye