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The Abridged Pop Culture History of Denim

2005: That Time Four Girls Supposedly Shared a Single Pair of Jeans Thanks to the power of suspension of disbelief, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants taught young girls everywhere the power of friendship. And Lycra.

The Abridged Pop Culture History of Denim

2012: A Whole New Kind of Stretchy Pant For folks who prefer a life of sitting around in pajamas, but need to trick others into thinking they actually put on a pair of pants.

The Abridged Pop Culture History of Denim

1985: Jeans Stand the Test of Time (Travel) Lucky for us, Doc and Marty traveled through time and proved that jeans will look good no matter where, or when, you are— Marty's throwback pair included.

The Abridged Pop Culture History of Denim

1992: Funky Bunch The best part about a good pair of jeans is they go with everything, but Calvin Klein proved that they look best with pretty much nothing else. And okay, the bipolar pairing of Kate Moss and Wahlberg helped. A little.

The Abridged Pop Culture History of Denim

2002, Premium Denim Hits the Big Time Blame it on Hedi, but suddenly shelling out forty bucks for jeans wasn't cool. What was, was forking over $150+ for a properly cut pair from the likes of Seven for All Mankind, Citizens of Humanity, True Religion, and any one of the umpteen brands that popped up at the time.

The Abridged Pop Culture History of Denim

1971: The Rolling Stones Put Out Sticky Fingers Any question about the title's euphemism was quickly put to bed with one look at the, ahem, prominent album artwork—the fly on a pair of black jeans. The zipper even worked.

The Abridged Pop Culture History of Denim

1873: Levi's Invents Jeans Jacob Davis, a tailor by way of Reno, collaborates with Levi Strauss to create premium grade work pants dubbed the "XX". A patent is registered and the first pair of blue jeans is born.

The Abridged Pop Culture History of Denim

1990: Deep Denim Regrets Somehow, the over-the-top acid wash trend was once cool. Like really cool. Thankfully, it hit its peak before the '90s really got going. Still, the regret runs deep.