What is one fabric that is popular around the world, worn by a large amount of people daily, and is immediately recognizable? If you guessed denim, congratulations!
Denim is a sturdy cotton warp-faced twill textile in which the weft passes under two or more warp threads. This twill weaving produces the familiar diagonal ribbing of the denim that distinguishes it from cotton duck (a linen canvas).
Whether you’re dressed in denim jeans, shirts, skirts or shoes, you’ll always rock a fashionable look when wearing denim blues!
Denim is a durable, sturdy fabric, often associated with jeans, overalls and outdoor activities. However, by adding the right materials and accessories to your durable denim garments, you can wear denim in a way where your look is darling and dainty.
Denim Fun Fact: It is characteristic of most indigo denim that only the warp threads are dyed, whereas the weft threads remain plain white. As a result of the warp-faced twill weaving, one side of the textile shows the blue warp threads and the other side shows the white weft threads. This is why blue jeans are white on the inside.
Sometimes it is fun to dress in denim from head to toe, but in order to add a more elegant look to the rugged denim, wearing softer materials such as lace, satin, chiffon, etc. with denim jeans or skirts, is a great way to mix tough and tender. Not to mention, this combination makes for a graceful, trendy look. Dress up in denim!
Denim Fun Fact: The name “denim” derives from the French serge de Nimes, referring to the city of Nimes. Denim was traditionally colored blue with indigo dye to make blue jeans, although “jean” formerly denoted a different, lighter, cotton fabric. The contemporary use of the word “jean” comes from the French word for Genoa, Italy (Genes), where the first denim trousers were made.
Another fun way to add some denim to your duds is with denim shoes. A great look is wearing navy slacks or pants, with a ruffled or feminine blouse, then slipping your feet into a fabulous pair of denim high heels, and carrying a denim handbag.
Dress dainty in durable denim!
Denim has been used in the United States since the late 18th century. Denim was introduced to California by Levi Strauss – who in 1853 during the California Gold Rush- imported denim fabric from France and used the strong material to create sturdy, solid trousers, that would later become the infamous blue jeans.
I do believe the world over is familiar with Levi jeans!
“Blue jean baby, L.A. lady…”
Over time, denim will usually fade, which is considered desirable by some fashion plates. Dry or raw denim (the opposite of washed denim) is denim that is not washed after having been dyed during production.
I must say, the blue jean production has caused major fashion seduction amongst those who love to wear denim!
Denim Warning: When dressed in the stylish, vogue material that is denim, you may snarl traffic by causing a major denim disruption!
Patterns of faded denim have become a much revered fashion staple. Such patterns are considered a way to “personalize” the denim garment, with your own signature flair.
Types of faded denim patterns include:
- Combs or Honeycombs: Faded lines that are found behind the knees.
- Whiskers: Faded streaks that surround the crotch area of the jeans.
- Stacks: The inseam of the jeans are hemmed a few inches longer than the actual leg length, with the extra fabric stacking on top of the shoe, causing a faded area to form around the ankle, extending up to the calf.
- Train Tracks: These appear on the outseams of the denim. This pattern forms two sets of parallel fades which resemble train tracks.
Your denim may fade, but you will never fade into the background when adorned in delicious denim duds!
Denim Fun Fact: Selvage denim is the edge of a fabric as it comes from the loom. Selvages are woven or knit so that they will not fray, ravel or curl. Selvage denim is made by means of using one continuous cross-yarn (the weft), which is passed back and forth through vertical warp beams.
Denim fabric dying is divided into two categories: indigo dyeing and sulfur dyeing. Indigo dyeing produces the traditional blue color of denim. Sulfur dyeing produces specialty black colors and other colors, such as white, red, pink, purple, gray and green.
No matter what color the denim, the outcome is indestructible! Denim lasts: both over time and over fashion fads!
Denim is definitely a desired, durable fabric that is here to stay!
“I must say, I admire your denim duds.”
“Yes, dressed in denim you look divine.”
“Do you think I can borrow your outfit sometime?”
“Please buy your own. This one’s all mine.”
Denim duds are in a category all their own! Such a fantastic fabric to wear, you won’t want to share!
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846