Let take a moment to honor Sarah Bernhardt. “Who’s that??”, you ask. She, my nifty friend, is the woman our tushes thank today for making pants fashionable and acceptable for women to wear. She was an actress in 1890 who wore pants publicly in Paris.
Pants were revolutionized in 1873 when blue jeans were invented by Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss. During the 1940s, women began to wear jeans when they took over the jobs of their husbands who were off at war. Womens jeans became more popular and they were high waisted for modesty. This is the 40s-50s we’re talking about.
The 80s were when high waisted jeans were at an all time high. With so many styles newly available and ads like the ones below, who wouldn’t want a pair?!