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Old 02-03-2013, 05:46 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Are we talking males or females? A man can get by with a nice pair of jeans, a button down shirt, and a sport coat. It can take him many places in style. The same goes for a woman wearing a good pair of jeans and spike heels or boots, and a nice blazer. It just depends what else they put with it.
I think any time you look expensive, you can pull off just about anything.
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:12 PM
 
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Good points guys. I think that jeans have become a stylish article of clothing as long as they are clean, not torn and of a good brand (especially designer). The trend was in effect by the 1980s, when designer jeans became more commonplace and our society by then adapted a more casual dress code. As for now, a dirty or ripped up pair are still clearly for more casual wear. So it really depends on what type of jeans worn, along with what they are worn with, to determine how appropriate the jeans are for more formal settings. Hence, I would consider a decent pair of jeans, matched with a decent top, as a form of "semi-formal" wear (not casual, but not exactly as formal as dress pants). With the increasing casualness of restaurants, evenings out, church and even some business situations, I am not surprised that a decent pair of jeans could be acceptable in more and more situations.
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:59 AM
 
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Jeans cannot be formal or even semi-formal. Denim on the other hand can be made into different things besides jeans especially if YSL or Valentino are behind it.

Dressy clothes are going to be different for everyone, some people's Sunday's best might not be formal or even semi-formal but it is dressy to them.
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:02 AM
 
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Also jeans became iconic in the '50s with James Dean but didn't really go mainstream (as in adults, teens, and everyone wearing them) until the '60s.

Having jeans which are designer does not make them dressy, super rich people wear them to dress down and be casual.

By the early '80s Woody Allen was wearing sneakers with slacks, while not jeans this made another article of clothing, the tennis shoe, go mainstream and not just reserved for sports or kids.
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:20 AM
 
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I see denim is a staple in many peoples wardrobes. No matter the ocassion, out comes the jeans.

I am not into jeans at all. I own 1 pair but it seems many people use them as their "dress clothes".

I'm so used to not wearing denim, they almost feel odd when I do wear them.
Perhaps this isn't the focus of your question, but here goes. I did personnel work at a brand new very large university computer center beginning in 1975. Therefore, I met and saw all employees at all levels very frequently.

I was very much aware that only the director and four associate directors regularly wore the traditional suit and tie, or sport jacket, tie and dress slacks. All the managers, programmers, male secretaries and guys and girls in operations wore jeans. It was the very first time I had seen jeans in the work place...this was NYC, by the way.

And I then became aware that at the university central office across town a similar change was taking place, but a little more slowly...and it was a very mucky-muck environment, or thought it was.
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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When some marketing guy said, "we got to sell more jeans". Then started an ad campaign.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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I have dressier jeans for work, but if I had my way, I'd never wear anything but jeans and t-shirts. They're comfortable, you don't have to worry about getting them dirty, and they look flattering if you have a decent body.

I think jeans (historically speaking) were kind of a rebellion to being forced to dress up to go anywhere. I wasn't alive in the 50s or 60s, but from the old movies and pictures I've seen, men were required to put on a suit and tie just to take the trash out! I can't imagin how uncomfortable people must have been back then.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Out in the Badlands
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I see denim is a staple in many peoples wardrobes. No matter the ocassion, out comes the jeans.

I am not into jeans at all. I own 1 pair but it seems many people use them as their "dress clothes".


I'm so used to not wearing denim, they almost feel odd when I do wear them.
Ahhhh...back in the 1960's ?
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:26 PM
 
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I like jeans, but I'm trying to bring other kinds of pants into my wardrobe, I've been seeing too many pairs of jeans at church and it just looks kind of lazy.
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Way up high
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What do you mean "dress clothes?" I mean I'll go out and wear a nice pair of jeans with a nice shirt for drinks/clubbing. If I'm doing a nice dinner then I'm pulling out a little dress
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