From the invention of jeans in the 1870s until now there have been quite a few changes to the overall design. The first jeans were patented by Levi Strauss in 1873, but competitors of the tough denim pants weren’t plentiful until nearly 100 later- at which point an influx of different patterns came on the market. Since the 1960s a huge array of styles, colors, cuts, and brands have been available. Have a look at what jeans looked like the year you were born below.

1936

Via/ Library of Congress

1937

Via/ Library of Congress

1938

https://www.instagram.com/p/BoyvsUciHEI/

1939

Via/ Library of Congress

1940

Via/ U.S. National Archives

1941

Via/ Library of Congress

1942

Via/ Library of Congress

1943

Via/ Library of Congress

1944

Via/ Flickr

1945

Via/ Flickr

1947

Via/ Flickr

1948

Via/ State Archives of Florida

1949

Via/ NYPL Digital Collections

1950

https://www.instagram.com/p/B03jFtmhQUV/

1951

https://www.instagram.com/p/BwR1Iiug3bL/

1952

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn8yJIAAvOa/

1953

Via/ State Archives of Florida

1954

https://www.instagram.com/p/BzyvknHAFwx/

1955

Via/ Vintage Patterns Wikia

1956

Via/ State Archives of Florida

1957

Via/ State Archives of Florida

1958

Via/ NYPL Digital Collections

1959

Via/ State Archives of Florida

1960

Via/ Vintage Pattern Wikia

1961

Via/ Vintage Pattern Wikia

1962

https://www.instagram.com/p/BMdsX4ZDZKu/

1963

Via/ eBay

1964

https://www.instagram.com/p/BqKjOSfHkGx/

1965

Via/ Vintage Patterns Wikia

1966

Via/ eBay

1967

Via/ Vintage Patterns Wikia

1968

https://www.instagram.com/p/BZAxc6eBgNS/

1969

https://www.instagram.com/p/B1G_63NhuC-/

1970

Via/ State Archives of Florida

1971

Via/ Vintage Patterns Wikia

1972

Via/ eBay

1973

Via/ Vintage Pattern Wikia

1974

Via/ Vintage Patterns Wikia

1975

Via/ Vintage Patterns Wikia

1976

https://www.instagram.com/p/B01CZ-FFc7Q/

1977

Via/ Vintage Patterns Wikia

1978

1979

https://www.instagram.com/p/By3cQPYH282/

1980

Via/ Vintage Patterns Wikia

1981

Via/ eBay

1982

Via/ State Archives of Florida

1983

1984

Via/ Flickr

1985

Via/ State Archives of Florida

1986

https://www.instagram.com/p/BSxf61zAaW2/

1987

https://www.instagram.com/p/BxikHTtlWbe/

1988

https://www.instagram.com/p/BuzFe7IgupN/

1989

Via/ Vintage Patterns Wikia

1990

Via/ Vintage Patterns Wikia

1991

https://www.instagram.com/p/BreNxLAn_K6/

1992

Via/ Vintage Patterns Wikia

1993

Via/ Vintage Patterns Wikia

1994

1995

Via/ eBay