While men do get credit for wearing denim the longest, they’re not the only people that look great in a pair of jeans. Ever since Elizabeth Taylor (the epitome of beauty and grace) was photographed in 1947 clutching her beloved poodle and wearing cuffed denim pants, women decided they too wanted the freedom and independence that denim represents.
When glamour icon Marilyn Monroe spent a good portion of the ’50s in denim (think Some Like it Hot), women all over the world decided they had to have denim too. The jacket above was her signature item of clothing in the 1961 film The Misfits.
Women continued to wear denim well into the next era. Hippies all over America donned their fair share of bellbottom jeans, and movie stars like Farrah Fawcett were no exception. Her denim bottoms from Charlie’s Angels were an iconic image all over the nation (accompanied by feathered hair, of course).
Who better to transition denim into the ’80s than Madonna? Her early ’80s style was dominated by ripped wash jeans and her signature jean jacket, and of course a ton of bracelets.
Then of course there was the controversial 1980 Calvin Klein ad campaign featuring Brooke Shields at the tender age of 15. Her high-waisted jeans, pouty face and “Do you want to know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing!” quote may have been too sexy for TV, but the ad campaign was still a huge hit. The buzz around the ad (and the pants in them) turned every girl into a wannabe-Brooke Shields… Complete with a pair of high-waisted jeans.
The ’90s surged with denim as well, with stars from every hit TV show (“90210, Saved by the Bell, Freaks and Geeks”) appearing in bootcut jeans and denim cutoffs. Stars from “Friends” and “Dawson’s Creek” such as Jennifer Aniston and Katie Holmes can still be found in 2013 wearing their favorite fabric of choice: denim.
Whether it’s a great fit, a perfect wash or the versatility that denim provides, there’s one thing that’s for sure– Chicks love denim!