Evolution of Jeans

Oh the evolution of ‘western style’ jeans..

In the 80’s & 90’s we saw the high rise straight leg jeans, that doubled as both a bra and pants for riding.

There were the Rockies jeans with no back pockets, still doubling as a bra with how high of a rise they were. Check out these two patterns. “It’s Springtime in the Rockies!” #foreverflorals

Then the western jean Gods “blessed us” with wild coloured Wrangler jeans. I can recall in junior high school seeing bright orange, yellows and greens. Oh my..

Fast forward a bit and BAM, low rise pants everywhere. Which meant you better hike those up as high as possibly when you’re getting on your horse to make a run, or we all saw the crack of one another’s butts.

Then there were Miss Me jeans with fancy pockets, that everyone went crazy over. I tried to wear these but my thighs were too big, and when I’d walk they’d start to slide down… so I gave up. #thickthighssavelives

(Of course there were many other styles in-between, I’m just covering the most memorable ones.)

Most recently, (and by that I mean the last few years) girls started wearing the Flared Dojo by Seven For All Mankind. These jeans are not cheap, but they were and still are super trendy. You have to buy a used pair now as they no longer produce this style, and can find them used or $100 or less. I suggest hitting up your local second hand store, or The Bleacher Babes Closet on Facebook to hunt a pair down, if you’re looking.  This style has become a staple in many barrel racing, goat tying, pole bending and breakaway/team roping cowgirls closets.

Wrangler decided to join the flared leg pants party, and has come out with several flared leg jean styles. Some with a higher waist, others with a mid rise, and one style with the trending floral stitch work. My Canadian friends, at the moment I am only able to find such jeans south of the border. I purchased my pair from Lazy J Ranch Wear, and you can too right here. Canadian retailers might get them by the end of the year.. maybe!

Photos by Amanda Ubell Photography


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