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How to care for jeans

Posted by mandyf on December 15, 2008

A good pair of denim jeans is an essential part of everyones wardrobe these days and caring for them properly isn’t as simple as just throwing them in the laundry. It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or woman, young or old, the right fitting and looking jeans may be your favorite piece of clothing. How many times have you or someone you know fought off the passing of their favorite jeans wearing them until the literally just fell apart? Not many things in our wardrobe elicit such fierce devotion. While it isn’t possible to keep those great jeans from one day entering the trash bin, it is possible to extend their life with proper care.

The jeans of today aren’t like the jeans of even thirty years ago. Denim is not the durable indutrial variety many of us grew up on with or Levis and old Calvin Klein’s. Sure they are still a durable jean even today, but with the rise of designer jeans from companies like Tommy Hilfiger and DKNY just to name a pair, the denim of today is a far more delicate variety. While it looks and feels great it doesn’t have much of a shelf life. This is especially true considering the popularity of distressed jeans and the trend towards the return of stone and acid washed jeans as well. These days one rip or hole is all it takes to sound the death knell for your favorite jeans.

The first thing to do to take care of your jeans may be surprising to you is to let them get dirty. Don’t just let them get dirty, but don’t wash them. This isn’t to say you should roll around in the mud, we’re talking the kind of dirty that occurs with natural wear. This is especcially important if you have purchased the dark stiff jeans that feel like they were overstarched. Any jeans afficianado will tell you the more you wear your jeans between washings the longer they will last and the better they will fit. This good fit fit not only feels better but looks better. Washing after every wear doesn’t allow jeans to conform to your body. It’s not unusual for some men to go a couple of months between launderings. You don’t have to be that extreme, but a general rule of thumb is that washing every five wears is acceptable to keep your jeans healthy and fitting correctly.

With that said if you are wearing stretch jeans which are basically just a women’s style…Read the rest here at: http://www.helium.com/items/1267158-caring-for-jeans

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