What was trashy 100 years ago, but classy now?


获得26.5k好评的回答@Savannah Golden:


When my great-grandparents were growing up, jeans were only worn by poor people and labourers. It was cheap and highly valued as work wear because of its durability. The term “jeans” has been in use since the early 1600s, where it was used as a catch-all term to describe the “rough clothing worn by working men”.

The average farmer or labourer would thus wear something like this.

People from the middle class and upper echelons of society would never be caught wearing jeans. They wore suits often made of materials such as linens. Your average middle class man would look something like this.

So when did jeans become trendy?

Well according to one website, it was a group of factors.

1. The expiration of a patent held by Levi’s in 1908 led to an influx of imitation jeans flooding the market.
1. 1908年李维斯专利到期导致高仿牛仔裤大量涌入市场。

2. The romanticization of the “cowboy lifestyle” made jeans popular.

3. A third thing that helped denim jeans become popular, particularly overseas, was their popularity with servicemen in the 1940s and 1950s, who often liked to wear them when they were off duty.
3. 牛仔裤流行起来(尤其是在海外)的第三个原因,就是20世纪四五十年代牛仔裤在技工中广受欢迎,他们不上班时也经常喜欢穿。

4. And finally, the fourth thing that made jeans popular with the younger generation was the release of films like Rebel Without a Cause and The Wild One, in which the protagonists wore jeans as a way of rebelling against societal expectations. In the 1980s, interest in jeans went nuclear with the release of a series of sexually charged, strong armed ads.
4. 最后,第四个原因,牛仔裤受到年轻人欢迎的原因,是电影《无因的叛逆》和《飞车党》的上映,影片的主角都穿牛仔裤,以显示对社会期望的反抗。到了80年代,随着一系列充斥着色情和暴力的广告的播出,人们穿牛仔裤的热情空前高涨。


获得14.6k好评的回答@Bijay Gurung:


Or rather, lack of leisure.

Leisure in the past was, in a way, a symbol of status. Only the well-to-do could afford to loiter about, and not be busy all the time.

But now, being busy is what’s classy.

From an online story on Why you feel busy all the time (when you’re actually not):

Historically, the ultimate symbol of wealth, achievement and social superiority was the freedom not to work: the true badge of honour … was leisure. Now, it’s busyness that has become the indicator of high status. “The best-off in our society are often very busy, and have to be,” says Gershuny. “You ask me, am I busy, and I tell you: ‘Yes, of course I’m busy – because I’m an important person!’”

Being busy is cool. A busier person is assumed to be more important.

In one study on why busyness is considered impressive published in Harvard Business Review, the authors deduce the change in perception to be due to changes in economy.

So, ya even though we complain about it most of the time, being busy has become classy.