10 Mistakes to Avoid When Washing Your Jeans

10 Mistakes to Avoid When Washing Your Jeans

All garments need washing and cleaning on a regular basis, and jeans are no exception. Although they are made of heavy-duty denim, jeans will still accumulate dirt and develop stains. The good news is that you can clean your jeans by placing them in the washing machine. With that said, you should avoid making the 10 mistakes listed here when washing your jeans. #1) Using Bleach Never add bleach to your washing machine when washing jeans. Bleach is a highly effective whitening agent that can revitalize the appearance of your white shirts and garments. When used on non-white garments, though, it can cause permanent discoloration. To protect your jeans from such damage, avoid using bleach or products containing bleach when washing them. #2) Leaving the Zipper Down Try to get into the habit of pulling the zipper up on your jeans before washing them. While leaving the zipper down sounds harmless enough, it may cause the waist to overstretch. As a result, your jeans may no longer fit after removing them from the washing machine. It only takes a few seconds to pull up the zipper, but doing so could prolong the life of your jeans, allowing you to get a little more use out of them. #3) Pouring Detergent Directly On Jeans Most washing machines have a compartment in which you pour the detergent. For whatever reason, though, some people pour detergent directly on their clothes. If you pour detergent directly on your jeans, it could stain the denim fabric. Therefore, it’s recommended that you use the detergent compartment when washing your jeans. While speaking about detergent, avoid...
7 Tips on How to Distress Your Jeans

7 Tips on How to Distress Your Jeans

Jeans aren’t the only denim garment featuring a distressed style. You’ll also find denim jackets featuring the same aged, worn-in distressed style as jeans. During the 1990s, distressed denim became a popular alternative to new, pristine denim. While distressed denim was originally limited to jeans, it’s since become a popular style used in denim jackets. You can find distressed denim jackets available for sale at countless retail and department stores. They usually cost the same — or about the same — as traditional denim jackets. However, another idea is to give your existing denim jacket a distressed look. By wearing down the denim fabric and “breaking it in,” you can create the same distressed appearance in which many jackets and jeans are sold. Below are seven actionable tips on how to make your denim jacket look distressed. #1) Wear It Outdoors The more you wear you denim jacket, the more it will look distressed. But wearing your denim jacket outdoors is particularly beneficial because it exposes your jacket to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light. Over time, sun exposure will cause your denim jacket to fade to a lighter color, which is good since fading is a telltale sign of a distressed jacket. By wearing your denim jacket outdoors, you’ll encourage it to develop a naturally faded, distressed appearance. You can still wear your denim jacket indoors, but wearing it outdoors will have the greatest impact on creating a distressed appearance. Whether it’s spring, summer or fall or winter, put on your denim jacket before heading outdoors. #2) Rub With a Pumice Stone Another way to make your denim jacket...
Why Denim Jackets Are Perfect For Spring

Why Denim Jackets Are Perfect For Spring

Denim jackets can be worn during any time of year, but this classic style of outerwear is particularly useful for the spring season. After winter has come to an end, consider investing in a high-quality denim jacket. Even if you own other types of coats and jackets, a denim jacket will provide you with an unparalleled level of style and comfort. Unfortunately, most people are unfamiliar with the benefits of denim jackets, so they choose other styles of outerwear instead. In this post, we’re going to reveal why denim jackets are perfect to wear during the spring season. Protection From the Cold The early days of spring are often chilly, forcing you to wear some form of outerwear to stay warm. But you don’t have to wear a thick winter coat. An alternative solution is to wear a denim jacket. A high-quality denim jacket will protect you from the cold without making you feel too hot. When you’re about to head outdoors during a chilly spring morning or evening, you can grab your denim jacket for a little extra thermal protection. Denim jackets aren’t as thick as winter coats and jackets, but they’ll still keep you warm during the chilly spring mornings and evenings. Lightweight Design Denim jackets are incredibly lightweight, often weighing just a fraction that of heavier coats and jackets. Why does this matter? Well, it’s difficult to comfortably move around while wearing a heavy coat or jacket. If you’re working outdoors, for example, you may need a lightweight form of outerwear so that you can easily move around. Because of their lightweight design, denim jackets are...
How to Fold Your Denim Jeans (The Right Way)

How to Fold Your Denim Jeans (The Right Way)

We’ve all been guilty of tossing clothes in a drawer or clothes without taking the time to fold them first. While seemingly harmless, though, this can affect the appearance and overall performance of your denim jeans. If you don’t fold your jeans, wrinkles will likely form in the creases where the fabric is folded. You can always smooth out wrinkles by ironing your jeans, but it’s best to avoid this headache by folding your jeans. With that said, there’s a right way and a wrong way to fold denim jeans. Using the wrong technique offers little or no protection from wrinkles. So, what’s the right way to fold your denim jeans? Wash and Fully Dry Before Folding Before attempting to fold your denim jeans, run them through the washing machine and dryer. Folding dirty jeans is never a good idea. Even if they aren’t visibly dirty, your jeans may contain small amounts of dirt, dust and debris that, when folded, become embedded into the denim fabric. To prevent this from happening, you need to wash and fully dry your jeans before folding them. For more information on how to wash and dry your jeans, check the care label. Typically found inside the waistband — or inside the bottom of a pant leg in some jeans — the care label contains instructions created by the manufacturer on how to wash and care for the jeans. You’ll probably find that most jeans support machine-washing and machine-drying. But there are some jeans, such as stretch jeans, that may require air-drying online. Always follow the instructions listed on the care label when washing...
The Beginner’s Guide to Distressed Denim Jeans

The Beginner’s Guide to Distressed Denim Jeans

From low-rise and high-rise to boot-cut and straight-leg, denim jeans come in a variety of styles. Over the past few decades, however, one of the most popular styles has been distressed. Also known as stonewashed, distressed jeans offer a natural worn and faded appearance. It’s a unique style that’s weathered the hands of time to become a popular fashion statement. Unless you’ve owned and worn distressed jeans, though, you may feel lost and confused when shopping for a pair. History and Origins of Distressed Jeans Contrary to popular belief, distressed jeans didn’t emerge during the early 2000s. They’ve actually been around since the 1970s, during which punk bands would intentionally shred and damage their denim jeans as a statement against society. According to some reports, English rock-and-roll musician Johnny Rotten was largely responsible for pushing the idea of distressed jeans. At first, it was only rock bands — along with their following of fans — who created distressed jeans. As denim manufacturers noticed the demand for distressed jeans, though, they began to make and sell their own jeans in this style. In the 1980s and going forward, denim manufacturers have continued to produce and sell distressed jeans. Advantages of Distressed Jeans There’s a reason distressed jeans have become so popular — well, several reasons actually. For starters, they offer a unique style that’s characterized by fading, uneven wearing of the denim fabric, frayed edges and other more. Some people may view these features as flaws, but others view them as stylish elements. If you agree with the latter crowd, perhaps distressed denim jeans are right choice. They’ll allow you...