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Old 02-02-2013, 06:04 PM
 
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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.
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:09 PM
 
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When they started costing upwards of 200$ a pair.
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:11 PM
 
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When they started costing upwards of 200$ a pair.

Good point?
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I agree they are a staple and have been since forever, but I don't agree that they are "dress" clothes and I don't see them "no matter what the occasion"
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:52 PM
 
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I no longer work in an office, and all gatherings or parties I attend are casual affairs. I don't need to spend money on clothes I will never wear. I livein jeans and Land's End Sport Cords.

A lot of us don't dress up anymore. And our casual lives are taking a toll on places where we probably SHOULD dress up, but since people don't dress up anymore, they aren't requiring it.

However. That doesn't mean I don't have style. I don't wear holey stained shirts out of the house (I do around the house to keep my nice shirts nice -- and I have one shirt that I wear when I color my hair -- THAT one is a nightmare!)
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:31 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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New dress code at the straight-laced job: "No blue jeans." So people have started wearing colored jeans. Black, brown, red, green, purple, gray. Kinda funny rebellion tactic.
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:03 PM
 
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Perhaps the late 70s and early 80s, with the rise of designer jeans, can be seen to as a turning point to what the OP has questioned about?
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Fairfield, CT
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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.
Jeans have become a lot more diverse and versatile than they used to be. There are definitely some jeans that are dressier than others, but I'd be hard pressed to consider them dressy, or wear them to an occasion that requires dressy clothes.

I think that what has happened is that we have narrowed the occasions when dressiness is required. In the past, people wouldn't have gone to a fancy restaurant wearing jeans, but now it's pretty common.

There seems to be a generational divide on this. I live in a relatively upscale neighborhood, and at 50, am one of the younger guys on the block, though there are a few of us. I have noticed that we're much more casual than the older guys in terms of what we wear on the weekends, and whether or not we bother shaving.

For me, the issue is that unlike many people, I have to wear a suit to work every day, and on my own time, I don't want to get dressed up. I went to schools requiring dressier clothes when I was younger, so dressing up has always been for me that thing I never wanted to do, but had to. On my own time, I wear most jeans, unless it's a formal occasion. But there are definitely pairs that are dressier, and can look nice with a good sweater and nice shoes, as opposed to the kind that you wear to go out and work in the garden.
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Fairfield, CT
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Perhaps the late 70s and early 80s, with the rise of designer jeans, can be seen to as a turning point to what the OP has questioned about?
I think that's true. That's the first time jeans actually presented themselves as dressy rather than strictly casual wear.
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:25 PM
 
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When they started costing upwards of 200$ a pair.
Funny, I was about to post the same answer.
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