Great jeans are hard to come by. Yes, there may be a ton of selections offered in the market, but finding a pair that fits like a glove and comes in the right wash is a rare occurrence.
Like you, we care greatly for these pairs that take forever to find. We do whatever it takes to extend their lives even if it means having to keep the girt so that its color won’t fade. However, despite all our efforts, we still find ourselves asking the same question: how do you care for denim?
The way we wear and care for denim is completely up to us. It all depends on the kind of lifestyle you have, your needs and wants, and the kind of look you are trying to go for with regards to your jeans. That said, washing and caring will never be the same for anyone. But just to make sure you don’t lose your sanity over sanitary issues, here are a few guidelines in taking proper care of your denims.
Feel like your jeans have caught too much grit but scared to give them their first bath? A little steam gets rid of the funk without doing too much damage. This way you get to preserve the color as you let it ripen for fading.
THE FIRST WASH
True blue denim aficionados will tell you that you shouldn’t wash raw (this means stiff, unwashed, and not faded) denim. A six month wait should be in order before you even consider of introducing them to detergent. But if you’ve been taking the commute or have been parking your butt on sidewalks and pavements, you might want to adjust this time frame.
Raw denim is beautiful to look at but it can also be a pain in the butt the moment it starts to dry bleed. As much as possible, we want the indigo to stay on the jeans and not stick to our fingers, shirts, and—gasp—white shoes. How do you stop this from happening? Soak your jeans in ice cold water to remove the excess bleeding while still preserving the beauty of its color.
LET YOUR JEANS HANG LOOSE
Folding or tossing your jeans into a ball when not wearing them can cause unwanted creases that destroy the beauty of its color. Make sure you hang them right and let them air out. This too helps get rid of a little odor.
HOLES IN ONE
Ripping comes with the wear and tear of jeans. If you use them regularly, as you should be, don’t act surprised once you see a few tears in them. It’s all part of the natural process. This also adds to that lived-in feel you’ve been aiming for since day one.
Now that’s settled, check out our many Denim Glossaries and find a pair that’s most suitable to your liking. Check all five entries from the series: the jeans family, the different types of washes, the different types of cuts, the different jean rises, and the different jean styles.