Did You Know: Why We Call Our Pants “Jeans” Instead Of “Denim”

The history of fashion has some really funny twists and turns. For example, did you know that heels were made for men instead of women? Lmao. You shock? Read all about that here.

The history of jeans is also very interesting and this article will help you understand it better.

The history of jeans is mingled with French history. Jeans were invented in 19th century France in a town called Nimes. In French, the word “serge” is used to describe the fabric that jeans are composed from. Thus, ‘jeans’ fabric was originally called “serge de Nimes,” or, for short, “denim.”

Denim became incredibly popular in Europe, especially with sailors from Genoa, Italy. Not that we blame them — denim, as we all know, is incredibly durable! Now, whenever these sailors were in France they’d visit Nimes and buy their “serge de Nimes” in bulk. (Again, back then there was no fast train to get Italians to France.) These sailors bought so much denim that the material quickly became the French nickname for sailors from Genoa, or “jeans.”

And there you have it — your fun fashion history fact of the day! 

Source: hellogiggles.com

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