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5 Tips on How to Care for Your Demin

2.08.2011 WRITTEN BY Ashley How to Wear

Denim is one of the main clothing items that I can justify spending a lot on. I wear them so often that a lot of times, they pay for themselves (spoken like a true shop-a-holic!) Because we spend so much on our designer duds, it is important to learn how to properly care for them.

Here are 5 tips on how to care for and keep your jeans looking nice!

1. Hem your jeans!

I am guilty, like most, of not wanting to get my jeans hemmed, but the truth is it can add years to your jean’s lifespan. Until recently I had never had it done, and would always lose jeans to fraying and holes at the hem. My advice: Get at least one pair of bootcut jeans hemmed specifically for flats and one pair hemmed for your highest pair of heels. *Always wash and dry your denim before taking it to get hemmed!*

2. Care for their color

There are a few things you can do to preserve your darkest denims. 1. Always wash your denim inside out! It sounds funny, but it helps! 2. Wash your denim in warm water. Warm water preserves the color better than cold.

3. Let them get dirty!

Don’t wash your jeans after every wash! It may gross you out, but let them get dirty before you wash! I wear my jeans at least 4-5 times before they hit the machine, and most denim aficionado’s believe even that is too often! If you need to be washing your jeans after every wear because they stretch out too much, your jeans are too big or you should opt for jeans with less spandex.

4. Set the color

My favorite jean of the moment, Paige 'Roxley' high rise, flare.

Dark denim has an annoying tendency to die your hands and other things blue. The first time you wash your jeans, add 1/2 cup of white vinegar to the washer. It will help set the color so they don’t bleed and fade as much. Don’t worry, it won’t leave your jeans smelling funny!

5. Hang dry your denim

It is always best to hang dry denim, because they will wear down a lot slower that way. However some people want their jeans to tighten back up after heavy wear. Try hang drying them and then just throwing them in the dryer for 10 – 20 minutes. The heat will tighten your jeans up, without putting them through the dryer for the full amount of time.

Now you know the basics on how to care for your denim. Practice these tips and you will notice how much longer your jeans look and feel great!

3 Responses to “5 Tips on How to Care for Your Demin”
  • Jae

    Hemming denim is a must if it’s done right. But it is such a nightmare when it goes wrong. In the last year, I’ve bought three pairs of premium, bootcut jeans. And despite reading reviews online and getting recommendations for good alterers, every single pair has been ruined by a crappy seamstress. I don’t even want to think about the money I’ve wasted. It’s impossible to explain what you want too because there is usually a language barrier. Ugh.

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