Bootcut? Relaxed Fit? Slim-Straight? Here’s Exactly What They All Mean

The worst part about shopping for jeans is knowing what the heck you’re supposed to buy. It seems like there are a million different cuts and styles to choose from but what do they all mean? Well, we here at Pared People are ready to break it down for you so that you know exactly what to look for when you’re out on the field finding clothes. If you don’t have time to read each individual description, check out The Jean Chart at the bottom for a quick summary of each style.

Bootcut: This style of denim became popular in the 1800s when cowboys needed jeans to wear that would be tight enough for the cowboys to ride horses but wide enough in the calf so that their boots would fit underneath. To this day, bootcut jeans still have that same fit. They are regular fit around the waist and thigh but widen at the calf to fit any boot inside.

Slim: Slim-fit jeans are recommended for all of the thin people out there. The denim is cut extra-thin in the thighs and calves to ensure a more form-fitted pair of jeans. These are currently the trendy style of jeans that look best when rolled up or folded in the calf.

Tapered: While very similar to slim-fit, tapered jeans stay regular fit up through the thigh and become slim fit in the calves. This gives them the “tapering” that the name describes. Like slim-fit, they provide a trendy look but for those who may not have a thin build.

Straight: This fit is one of the most classic cuts and it never goes out of style. Straight fit can be described as just the normal type jean. It stays regular fit up in the thigh and does not taper or get wider at the calf like the bootcut and tapered fits. It simply keeps its regular fit going all the way down, giving it the “straight” in its name.

Slim-Straight: Because sometimes people with a thinner body type want that classic look too, our designer friends have given them this cut of denim to ensure that they can have it. Slim-straight works by slimming down the thigh region of the jeans and keeping the calf straight going down. No tapering. No widening. Classic.

Relaxed: Recommended for people with wider legs, the relaxed fit will open up around the thighs, providing extra room from the waist to the knee. The calf of the relaxed fit jeans can either widen towards the bottom or stay straight coming down depending on the brand of jeans. These jeans are perfect for both comfort and play.

Skinny: Basically, the skinny cut is just an exaggerated slim fit. They are extra thin around both the thighs and calves to show off the lower figure of the person wearing them. Everyone can point out a pair of skinny jeans when they see them, so there is no need to go into further explanation. (Not shown on chart)

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*Yes, it does exist

And there you have it. Now you’re all experts and know the difference between all of the different cuts and styles. Thanks for reading everyone, and be sure to like, comment, or share if you like it.

Fashion Trends That Never Will/Should Come Back. Ever.

Clothes can be a wonderful thing. They let us express who we are through the material we wear on our bodies. As time passes, so do the styles of their clothes. We have taken a look at some of the best options for your personal wardrobe, but now we’re going to shake things up a bit. We would like to discuss some of the worst fashion trends in history. Some of these fads have only lasted a few years, while others have lasted centuries. Let’s begin.

Parachute Pants: In the beginning of the ’80s these pants rose with popularity when breakdancing started to hit the streets. All teenagers needed back then was a piece of cardboard to dance on, a boombox to bump Rockit by Herbie Hancock, and that stylish pair of parachute pants. Well, this fad didn’t even last to the mid-80’s and we’re grateful it came and went that quickly.

Extremely Ripped Jeans: This is a trend I was actually old enough to see first hand, and fortunately was never involved. This fashion statement started in the ’90s grunge era and kept pushing its limits well into the 2000’s. It started with smaller rips and ended up looking like more skin was showing than denim. Why people bought beat up and ripped jeans, we’ll never know. We can just only hope we never see it to this extent again.

Bell-Bottoms: It is crazy to think that people actually wore these for a span of about twenty years. Bell-bottoms are the fashion trend your parents are probably most embarrassed about wearing. They started out in the ’60s, looking like ordinary pants from the waist to the knee. Then, the material explodes outward, ending in a bell-shaped catastrophe we refer to as bell-bottoms. The hippies claimed these pants as their own in the late ’60s, and the pants somehow lasted in the ’70s. This may be one of the worst fashion trends of all time as no designers want to try to resurrect this awful piece.

Kipper Tie: As seen in Why We Wear Ties, these are a less popular but equally disastrous style that came from the ’60s. A decade earlier, it was a common trend to not wear ties. The ’60s took that to the other extreme, creating ties that were as wide as six inches! Obviously it didn’t stay long because ties have kept getting thinner and thinner throughout the years. Hopefully it’s a good sign that these ties will never come back.

Powdered Wigs: Taking a look now at our longest trend, the powdered wig, or peruke, lasted two centuries. These are the headpieces that are so commonly seen by our earlier world leaders. It actually started because of the same disease we learned about in sex education: syphilis. In the late 1500’s, this STD became the worst sickness since the Plague, causing sores, rashes, blindness, and yes, hair loss. To compensate (or over-compensate) for their baldness, people started wearing these big wigs with a scented powder to cover up any odor the syphilis was leaving behind. They left the fashion industry when the Brits were taxed in 1795 on hair powder. After two centuries of having no wigs, let’s hope we don’t transition back into another two centuries with them.

Crocs: Yes, I said it. Crocs were a primarily American footwear trend that happened in the 2000’s; so, for my international readers, you are lucky if you have never seen them. Now Crocs makes a variety of shoes now that actually look wearable, but these hole-covered, sandal-like shoes got them where they are today. The shoes felt like they were made out of the same material as the candy peanuts that you can get from the local grocery store. We laugh now at these ridiculous, colorful pieces of footwear, but the same trend is coming into existence with another sandal: Chacos.

Thanks for reading, everyone! Please like, comment, and share. Everyone needs to understand the history of bad fashion trends in order for us not to let that history repeat itself.

Why We Wear Ties

Alright Gentlemen, time for a history lesson. Now if you’re like me, you enjoy history about as much as you enjoy the feeling of texting that girl you met a few days ago and having some 25-year-old dude reply, “sorry man, she gave you the wrong number.” Been there. However, it’s always good to be educated on why human beings do what we do, and today we are going to focus on the history of neck ties and why the heck we wear them. Time to get cultured.

Origin of Neckwear: Most researchers believe that the people started wearing neckties during the reign of King Louis XIII. He hired mercenaries during the Thirty Years War and they wore pieces of cloth around their necks to hold the tops of their jackets together. The king liked the look of this functional clothing item and made them mandatory to be worn at every Royal Gathering. He gave this the name “La Cravate” and once the king started wearing it, it spread to the rest of Europe.

1900-1909: The cravat tie that was big in the 17th century went through minimal amounts of change. What evolved was how the tie was tied. The Four-in-Hand knot became the most common knot for these cravats. This is still one of the most popular tie knots today. Other neckwear was introduced during this time like the bow tie and the ascot, as seen in the iconic outfit worn by Fred from Scooby Doo (bottom).

1910-1920s: In this decade, we saw a decline in the formal neckwear, and people searching for something that was more comfortable, more functional, and better fitting. These became the ties we typically think of and wear today. In 1926, Jesse Langsdorf revolutionized the necktie as we knew it. He formulated a new way of making the material that allowed a tie to spring back to its original form after each use. This caused the creation of many new tie knots. These new options became the reason that neckties were the more prominent choice in neckwear, reserving bow ties for more formal events.

1920s-Present: The necktie finally found its basic shape and form and went on through a series of modifications. Ties used to be very wide (as wide as 4.5 inches) and displayed bold patterns and colors (during the Art Deco movement). Men also wore their ties a lot shorter because they wore their trousers at the natural waist, having their tie end around the belly button. All you hipsters and thin people can thank the 1950s for inventing the skinny tie, used to complement the form-fitting clothes of that time period. The 1960s were oppositem, bringing forth ties that were as wide as 6 inches, known as a “Kipper Tie” and we are more than OK with that trend dying (2nd picture). The 1970s introduced the Bolo Tie that is commonly seen in the West (3rd picture), while Paisley and floral prints (4th picture) were big in the 1990s and still are popular today. The 2000s brought back and embraced the skinny tie into one of the most fashionable pieces of neckwear currently in our closets (Last picture).

Kipper Tie…Whatever floats your boat gents.

Bolo Tie. Yeehaw.

There you have it gentlemen, that is why we wear ties. Now put this information to good use by doing the following: Head into a place of social gathering, possibly a cafeteria, dining hall, bar, lounge, etc. Find the most beautiful lady in the room and walk up with that confident, charismatic walk of yours, and introduce yourself, “Hi, I’m (blank) and I’d like to tell you about the history of this piece of cloth hanging around my neck.” I’d be shocked if you didn’t get her number…her real number.

On second thought, she will probably give you some random 25-year-old dude’s number, so tuck this information away into your “knowledge-to-bring-up-on-gameshows” center of your brain (it’s science). Thanks for reading and check out some of our other stuff! Remember, if you like it, share it!