The symbolic meaning of jeans has greatly changed over time, especially in the last couple decades. In the 1900’s, jeans were uncomfortable, “ill fitting”, and wore by mostly the blue collar workforce. They were a sign of lower economic, and social class. But as stitching, and sewing patterns changed, jeans became more comfortable, and started to become worn more casually. Jeans went from being a sign of lower class, to becoming a signature sign of several subcultures. During the emergence of the punk rock scene in the 80s, tight legged, skinny jeans became the style of those involved in the punk scene. Baggy jeans became the renown look for a hip hop b-boy in the 90s and early 2000s.
Jeans have always possessed a strong symbolic value in society. I’ve worn jeans my whole life. To work, to school, to hang out. I went from wearing baggy jeans, to regular normal fitting fitting jeans. As I grew up, matured, and my personality changed, so did my jeans. However for as long as I could remember, I’ve always worn Levi Jeans. Since the day I came to America when I was two years old, I can’t remember wearing anything but Levis. In a way, Levis Jeans represent the Americanization of myself.
-Ali Suliman 008