Blue jeans are about as American as apple pie. While many can argue why their personal favorite is the greatest pair that ever was, few know the history behind the go-to wardrobe essential.

Everyone from cowboys to crooners like Bing Crosby wore jeans in the 19th and 20th centuries and celebrities today are no different. While the perspective on jeans has changed over time — it used to be seen as a manual laborer’s garment, instead of the closet staple it’s become — the basic design has not.

History of jeans

Which brings us to those weird little silver or copper studs. Go ahead, look down: Chances are, the pants you’re wearing today feature exactly that. The round metal attachments are actually called rivets and are very specifically placed to reinforce an area of high tension in a garment.

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