That wardrobe staple the blue jeans is celebrating its 140th birthday. Celebrate by checking out blue jean styles of days gone by.
Fruit pickers in Naramata, British Columbia, wear jeans in 1942.
All little boys have to have a pair of jeans. A striped T-shirt finished the look. In 1952, when this picture was taken, they were a deep blue denim, no pre-wash in those days. These boys' grandmother bought them the jeans because "she thought it was time they looked like little boys instead of babies," said Janie Lambert.
As a teenager in 1972, Jim Heston was growing faster than his jeans were wearing out. His mom would sew extensions on his pants to get a few more years out of them.
Jim Heston wore the belt buckle on the side of his jeans in 1975.
Barb Mayer says the shorts her brother is wearing in this undated photo could be in fashion today, "but the ones I'm wearing have frayed bottoms which I don't think are in style anymore (I used to fray the bottoms of my jeans as well.)"
Barb Mayer's boys were 6 and 4 when she took this picture in 1983. "I think the colorful suspenders combined with the checkered shirts were overdoing it just a bit. I used to love dressing the kids in denim overalls."
Acid-washed, severely bleached and ripped jeans were another short-lived trend in the mid- to late '80s, popularized by heavy-metal rockers.
High-waist was still the fashion in 1995.
Some blue jean styles never change. Bruce Beasley and his grandson load cattle on their farm at Patricia, Alberta, May 2013.
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