Women in Blue Jeans Day is celebrated on February 20 every year. We plan to celebrate it by showing our appreciation to all the American women who work hard on the farm to ensure the best agricultural produce gets to our tables. Can you imagine that women have been playing a critical role in how we source and harvest our food since 10,000 B.C.? Women in Blue Jeans Day is a day set aside to celebrate and recognize the contribution of rural women to food production in America. Jeans are pants or trousers of denim or dungaree fabric. Prior to becoming a popular fashion, jeans were worn by farmers and laborers in rural America as workwear of choice due to their sturdiness and durability.
History of Women in Blue Jeans Days
The origin of jeans can be traced to Genoa, Italy, and Nimes, France, where locals wore them as work clothes and used them as fabric for overgarments. By the early 19th century, jeans had become a prominent clothing material in most parts of the Old World, including Britain, Northern Italy, and France. In 1851, Levi Stauss arrived in New York from Germany to work with his older brothers in their goods stores. Strauss relocated to San Francisco two years later and opened his dry goods wholesale house, Levi Strauss & Co. One of his regular customers was a San Franciscan tailor, Jacob Davis, who usually buys bolts of cloth from him. In 1873, Davis introduced reinforcing pocket corners and button fly bottoms with copper rivets to Strauss. He asked him to partner with him on this invention. They patented the design and started mass producing them in the United States. One of the first fabrics they worked with was the brown cotton duck. However, they later opted for denim fabric due to its sturdiness. During the initial years of production, jeans were mainly worn by laborers, miners, and farmers.
By the 1960s, jeans had become a part of pop culture and gained notoriety as a symbol of rebellious youth and counterculture. They were banned in some high schools, but that only helped improve their popularity. By the end of the 1970s, jeans had become an item of clothing that could be found in everyone’s wardrobe. Despite being around for many years, jeans are still seen as fashion today. They now come in different styles, colors, and prices.
Women in Blue Jeans Days timeline
Strauss leaves Germany to join his older brothers in New York.
Jacob Davis approaches Strauss with a partnership proposal on the revolutionary copper rivets.
Jeans become a symbol of youth rebellion and counterculture.
Jeans are now an item of clothing that people wear in all settings and occasions.
Women in Blue Jeans Days FAQs
What is the best jeans brand?
Some of the best jeans brands include Levi’s, Diesel, Wrangler, Lee Jeans, Guess, Gucci Jeans, Calvin Klein, and Armani Jeans.
How did jeans get their name?
Jeans are thought to have originated from the French word for Genoa, ‘Gênes.’ Genoa, Italy, is the place where the fustian jean fabric — medium quality jean fabric — was first made.
What is the most popular jean style?
According to top fashion websites, the jean styles that are reigning supreme include vintage-inspired straight-leg jeans, baggy jeans, bootcut jeans, and distressed jeans.
Women in Blue Jeans Days Activities
Wear blue jeans
The best way to celebrate Women in Blue Jeans Day is to wear blue jeans. You could go full-on by wearing a jean cap, denim jacket, and torn jeans trousers. Or simply settle for the plain old baggy jeans. Tell your friends about your plans to wear jeans on Women in Blue Jeans Day and encourage them to join you in wearing them too.
Show appreciation to women farmers
Women play a significant role in running and supporting farming operations across the United States. They help prevent food shortages and ensure you can get quality farm products. If you know any female farmer, you can appreciate them personally by saying thank you or giving them a gift. Otherwise, you can show your appreciation generally on social media.
Share the history of jeans
Many people worldwide wear jeans more than other types of pants or trousers, but they don’t even know the origin and history of what they are wearing. Use this Women in Blue Jeans Day to share the history of jeans with other people. You can use Instagram or Twitter to give a pictorial chronological history of jeans from their origins to current trends. If you want to gain more knowledge on jeans before sharing, you can check our “History of Women in Blue Jeans Day” section.
5 Amazing Facts About Jeans
We love them
About 450 million pairs of jeans are sold each year globally.
The orange thread is trademarked
The orange thread used in genuine Levi jeans is trademarked.
Elvis Presley brand of jeans
Levi made a special brand of jeans and named it after Presley, who wore the jeans in “Jailhouse Rock.”
Jeans and indigo
Twenty thousand tons of indigo are produced each year mainly to dye jeans.
The jeans zippers monopoly
YKK, a Japanese manufacturing company, produces more than half of all the zippers used in jeans worldwide.
Why We Love Women in Blue Jeans Days
Appreciates women in agriculture
The primary purpose of Women in Blue Jeans Day is to recognize the outstanding work that women in rural America are doing in agriculture. According to the USDA Economic Research Service, 14% of all American farming operations were primarily run by women, and these farms contributed to more than 4% of total value production.
Jeans are versatile
Jeans are perfect for all occasions. People can wear them to offices, birthday parties, concerts, small events, dates, movie theaters, gardening, and heavy-duty work. When they get old, you can repurpose them into potholders, napkins, baby bibs, headbands, and rugs.
Jeans are sexy
Jeans are a thing of beauty, especially when you go for the skinny jeans style. They accentuate your figure and draw more attention to you. That goes for both men and women.
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