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Although carpenter fit and dungaree fit jeans originally evolved as practical garments for work, they’ve since become a popular fashion trend after the five-o’clock bell, too. Denim jeans were created in the mid-1800s to help miners secure their stash as they scavenged for gold. By the end of the century, dozens of companies began producing the rugged garments – and their popularity among Americans grew quickly. As with any fashion trend, jeans continued to evolve to include variations such as carpenter and dungaree styles.
Typically, both carpenter and dungaree fit jeans have a medium rise. The waistband sits at or just below the natural waist – the part of your middle that tends to be the narrowest. This type of pant rise tends to be most preferred by men. For women, the ideal rise simply depends on your preference. While some women like the waistband to sit at the waist, some like a higher rise and some prefer the waistband to sit relatively low on the hips.
Carpenter jeans tend to have a straight fit, while dungaree jeans often have a relaxed fit. With a straight fit, the jeans fall straight from the waistband through the seat and legs. This type of fit tends to work best for people with narrow hips and thighs. With a relaxed fit, the jeans are a bit looser through the seat, hips and thighs. This pant style works well for just about any body shape; they provide extra room if you’re heavier on the bottom, yet they still fit well if you’re naturally narrow. Whether relaxed or straight fit, dungaree and carpenter jeans can be found that either fit straight through the calf or flare just below the knee.
Carpenter jeans feature extra pockets and at least one loop of denim fabric lining the pant legs. Originally made for actual carpenters and construction workers, these jeans allowed hard-working men to easily carry their tools around with them. Carpenter jeans might also feature wider belt loops -- to accommodate a wider, thicker belt that’s necessary to hold the pants up when a tool belt is draped around your waist. Dungaree jeans generally don’t feature any extra accessories. They typically have four to five pockets and traditional-size belt loops.
Since the start of the 20th century, denim jeans have become increasingly popular in the United States. In fact, one might argue that jeans are a classic symbol of American fashion. Due to their popularity, the styles of jeans change regularly to adapt to new trends. While today’s carpenter jeans and dungaree jeans still have all the classic elements, they often have minor modifications to meet the current style.