it’s in my jeans

Walking through the streets you can see people of every shape and size wearing jeans of every color and fit. Whether it’s blue, black, red, or animal print, skinny, boot cut, or boyfriend- everyone’s wearing them. During the 1850’s jeans were the ‘uniforms’ that working men wore. They were durable, ill fitting, and highly unfashionable. Years later denim became “part of a statement, a rejection of postwar suburban society.” All different types of people began wearing jeans as a way of rebelling and showing their individualism.

Today jeans aren’t really a tool for change as they are a fashion statement. Growing up in a Jewish community I attended a Jewish school with a strict dress code. We were only allowed to wear skirts that covered our knees, and shirts that covered our collarbones and elbows. On the weekends and anytime we weren’t in school we wore whatever we wanted, which usually meant jeans. Jeans represented a small freedom we had outside of school. We could look like everyone else and be comfortable as well. In school we all dressed the same, spoke the same, and looked the same. When the weekend rolled around and we put on out jeans we were allowed to express ourselves through fashion. Jeans represented a form of individuality for me just as they did for many people in the 19thcentury.

-Linda Khezrie

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