Vintage Denim Culture
Whether they are distressed, baggy, stonewashed or tight, everybody loves their cutoff denim shorts. Pair them with a tank-top and sneakers and it is a easy way to look cute and sexy for just about any casual occasion.
Denim Shorts Through History
Denim shorts became popular in the late 1960’s when fashion, style and art all began to take on a new life of its own. People were fed up with war and politics as usual, the counterculture movement began to take full swing and people began to find ways to express themselves through their style and resourced fashion.
The Daisy Duke Denim Shorts.
In the 70’s the Daisy Duke denim short became popular because of the famous family TV show – the Dukes of Hazzard, where actress Catherin Bach playing the character Daisy Duke wore a pair of jean shorts every episode. At the time she was playing the role of a sweet resourceful southern girl trying to find an outfit that would work in the hot southern heat. The boys liked the long leg’s and the girls liked the style.
Into the 80’s denim shorts became a fashion icon that was a must have for almost every wardrobe. It wasn’t long before men began wearing cutoff denim shorts as well, some as short as the girls cuts but some were longer.
In the 1990’s the denim shorts took on a new look during the end of the heavy metal era and beginning of the grunge scene. It was no longer popular to wear the short-shorts like the Daisy Dukes, but one could wear longer shorts, almost knee-length and either role them up or worn them torn.
At the turn of the millennium denim shorts took a short hiatus from the fashion scene, but not for long, in 2005 they slowly started to make their way back into hipster and fashion forward girls wardrobes.
Today everyone from the mom and daughter at the park to the supermodel and rockstar on the stage is wearing some form of denim shorts or another.
Historically men were in the forefront when it came to promoting denim fashion, the denim shorts however was primarily promoted by women.
Denim shorts continue to be a hot item among celebrities and fashionistas alike. Regardless of who’s wearing them, the components always remain the same. When searching for blue jean shorts, understand that there are three major components that can make or break a pair of blue jean shorts: denim wash, style/fit, and the minor details. You can also look at history and the most notable blue jean shorts for inspiration.
American Vintage Clothing Collection Specials
Dust Factory is featuring a classic American vintage collection with everything you need for your back to school collection. Vintage Flannels, leather and denim are the staples to this 100% authentic vintage collection.
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- Flannels $8
- Harley Davidson T-shirts $8
- Vintage T-shirts $6
- Levi Denim Shorts $12
- Scout Shirts $8
- Leather Vest $12
- Leather Motorcycle Jackets $25
- Denim Jackets $15
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Vintage clothing pairing Ideas
It is smart to work with the basics, because this is what you are most likely to have available to source, or already have on your shelves. It doesn’t matter if it is mid-thigh, button-fly, or 517 jean, the denim cutt-off short is still a staple for this spring. Pair this with a vintage t-shirt, scout shirt combo, or throw in a flannel and military shirt as a suggestive outwear ensemble.
Over the years Dust Factory developed a style that is synonymous with vintage wear and tear. The creative style captures the elegance and authenticity from the original wear on an item. The “used look” to the trained eye is a classic look, separating the item from its counterparts.
Some things just look better with Age
When it comes to particular fabrics or materials, some items just look better with age. Take denim and leather for example, years of wear and tear give these items an authentic look and comfortable fit. Contemporary designers are always trying to find new ways to make their denim jeans or jackets look like they are worn in. They add different washes, wholes, tears and stretch marks in an attempt to make to items look “vintage”.
LEVIS® VINTAGE CLOTHING is a vintage inspired collection that the famous denim brand LEVIS® has put out were they are bringing back to life some of their classic relics from the past.
Don’t be fooled these are not the actual vintage pieces – but what we call vintage inspired – or made to look like vintage. According to LVC they are:
“Faithfully capturing the spirit and heritage of American work wear, Levi’s® Vintage Clothing reproduces the fits, fabrics and details of bygone eras. Our source material is our own archive and our inspiration is the hardworking men and women that we have equipped for the last 140 years. Through our seasonal tribute collections, iconic reissues and special editions, we relive our treasured history and offer timeless products to discerning connoisseurs that are as obsessed with it as we are.”
I thought that it would be worth sharing some of the images from their Fall/Winter ’13 Lookbook becasue it is in an inspiring and stylish collection for those that are actually collecting the original vintage pieces. Not to mention it might be a collection worth looking into if you carry both new and used clothing in your boutique.
Each season, like an ongoing tradition the LVC team pays tribute company’s treasured history, timeless products and collections ( which includes items dating back as early as 1873), at the same time uncovering a few of their secrets of the past and recreating them for today through vintage inspired reproductions. This time the collection and lookbook brings up two iconic eras of American style: Detroit’s ’60s Motown musical revolution and the West Coast’s sunny ’70s style.
The first section of the lookbook brings you back to Detroit Motor City in the 60’s, the heart of America’s car industry at that time, illustrating the working week at the automotive factory added with some Motown vibes and smooth styling. There are elements of Soul and Jazz, Mod and Traditional – there’s turtleneck knitwear, wool polos buttoned all the way up, striped t-shirts, v-stitch sweatshirts and checkerboard rodeo shirts.
Levi’s Orange Tab
The second section of the lookbook dates back a more free-spirited, flower-child collection centered around the classic Orange Tab that was first produced in the late 1960s as a line of affordable, slim-fitting jeans, jackets and shirts designed for the Young American’s of the ’60s and ’70s. To this day, the Orange Tab is synonymous with simple and clean design as well as the free and easy spirit of the times. This part of the collection includes ’70s denim shirts in retro bright casts, baby blue chambrays and matte blacks, topped off with a selection of bold printed tees using faithful motifs and logos from the era.
A cool aspect of the collection is that it is also presented and available in hardback form copy, split into the two stories and complimented with additional material from the relevant eras. In the lookbook there’s also retro illustrated fit guides and a step-by-step guide of how to wash, wear and care for your rigids.
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This month we are disusing the influence of denim on our culture. It is hard to talk about denim without talking about the denim jacket. The denim jacket has been a wardrobe staple for workers since the early 1900’s when the first jean jacket was produced by the Levi Strauss Co. Their main invention the “Blue Jeans” found great success among the ranchers and miners and it didn’t take long for Strauss to realize that the new pants needed a jacket to go along with them.
Rumor has it that the first jean jacket was invented back in 1873 but did they not go into mass production until 1905 and it became an instant classic.
A few years ago Levi’s had a competition to locate the earliest denim jacket produces by the company in the Unites States. Apparently the winner turned in a jacket that was created in 1910 at a Levi’s factory in San Francisco, California. The jacket sold for $2,000 to vintage clothing collectors that were keen to make the article part of their collection.
Some of the newer jackets from the “First Edition” series created in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s can still be located or purchased for anywhere between $200-$500.
Other denim companies like LEE Mercantile and Wrangler also came out with their version of the Jean Jacket. Some of the older railroad denim jackets created by LEE that were used by railroad workers can be found at various vintage clothing shops or on ebay auctions.
Jean Jackets in Pop-culture
I am sure that there are not very many wardrobes that a jean jacket has not been part of at one time or another. From the 1950’s through the 1980’s the jean jacket was used to show the rebellious side of ones nature.
Every subculture has found away to adapt denim jackets to their genre, from punkers to prep’s and cowboys to hippies, jean jackets are used to represent one’s true colors.
Today, teeny-bopper stars in Hollywood rock their jean jackets as much as the metal head on sunset strip.
The popularity of denim jackets fades in an out over the decades but it seems the trend is coming back again stronger than ever.
Celebrities and rock-stars alike have their pictures taken everyday wearing some variety of a jean jacket in it’s entirety or with the sleeves cut off turning into a vest. A vintage blue jean jacket is very much in demand now, with many buyers for vintage clothing store stocking their shelves with a range of sizes and styles. This clothing is not only worn by metal heads now, but is now very much in favor by fashion conscious people as well.
Now I leave you with a girl and her jacket…