How Stonewashed Jeans Are Made

How Stonewashed Jeans Are Made

Stonewashed jeans have become a popular choice among men and women alike. They typically feature a lighter, more aged appearance than traditional jeans. Even if you’re familiar with the general concept of stonewashed jeans, though, you might be surprised to learn how they are made. While stonewashed jeans are still made of the same denim fabric as traditional jeans, the way in which they are manufactured varies. Keep reading to learn more about stonewashed jeans and how they are made. What Are Stonewashed Jeans? The term “stonewashed jeans” refers to a unique style of denim jeans that are made using a technique known as stonewashing. You can find them in all the same cuts as traditional jeans, including boot cut, skinny, straight leg, low rise, high rise, boyfriend and more. Some stonewashed jeans are even made of stretch denim, allowing for increased elasticity and, therefore, a more comfortable fit. The defining characteristic of stonewashed jeans, however, is that they are made using a technique known as stonewashing. As a result, they feature a softer texture and a lighter tone than traditional jeans. Steps to Making Stonewashed Jeans Denim manufacturing companies produce stonewashed jeans by exposing them to stones. While the exact steps used in their production varies, they are typically placed in an industrial-grade washing machine that’s filled with large and heavy stones. When the washing machine is activated, the stones and jeans tumble around inside the drum. As this happens, the jeans are knocked dozens or even hundreds of times by the stones. The idea of placing jeans in a washing machine with stones may sound unusual, but...
What Are ‘Whisker’ Jeans?

What Are ‘Whisker’ Jeans?

When shopping for a new pair of jeans, you may come across the term “whiskers.” Jeans with whiskers, known as whisker jeans, have become increasingly popular among men and women alike in recent years. To the unsuspecting eye, however, they look like any other pair of jeans. While whisker jeans are made of the same denim material as other jeans, they aren’t necessarily the same. If you’re trying to grasp the concept of whisker jeans, keep reading to learn more about this modern denim style and why it’s become so popular. The Basics of Whisker Jeans: What You Know Whisker jeans are denim jeans that feature thin vertical lines of fading on the front. These lines of fading are called “whiskers” because, as you may have guessed, they look like whiskers. The lines are vertical, but they often expand outwards towards the bottom of the jeans. As a result, they look like whiskers — and jeans featuring these lines are known as “whisker jeans.” You can easily distinguish between whisker jeans and traditional non-whisker jeans by looking for lines of fading. Whisker jeans generally have small but noticeable lines of fading on the front, with most of the whiskers occurring around the crotch area. In comparison, non-whisker jeans lack these lines of fading. Some non-whisker jeans may still have areas of fading, but they don’t have these same whisker-like lines of fading. The Benefits of Whisker Jeans Why should you choose whisker jeans exactly? Well, you can find premium, high-quality jeans either with or without whiskers. With that said, the presence of whiskers offers a few noteworthy benefits. First,...
7 Things to Consider When Choosing Stretch Jeans

7 Things to Consider When Choosing Stretch Jeans

Nothing beats the superior level of comfort offered by a pair of high-quality stretch jeans. With their increased elasticity, they’ll allow you to freely move and bend your body. Whether you’re getting dressed for a night on the town or simply running your daily errands, you can’t go wrong with a pair of stretch jeans. Not all stretch jeans are made equal, however. To take advantage of their unique benefits, you need to choose the right type. Below are seven important things to consider when shopping for stretch jeans. #1) Type of Elastic Fabric Before purchasing a pair of stretch jeans, look to see what type of elastic fabric they are made of. All stretch jeans are made of both denim — a form of warp-faced cotton — as well an elastic fabric. With that said, there are several different types of elastic fabrics used in stretch jeans, some of which include spandex, polyester and Lycra, the latter of which is actually a form of spandex. To find out what elastic fabric was used in the construction of stretch jeans, check the care label. Here, you should find both instructions on how to clean and care for the stretch jeans, as well as the fabrics from which it’s made. Keep in mind that all stretch jeans are made mostly of denim, but they still contain at least a small amount of elastic fabric, which is responsible for their increased elasticity. #2) Composition of Elastic Fabric You should also check the composition of elastic fabric used in the stretch jeans’ construction. Some stretch jeans feature just 1% of elastic fabric,...
How to Prevent Jeans From Bunching at the Knees

How to Prevent Jeans From Bunching at the Knees

Do your jeans bunch at the knees when worn? Well, you aren’t alone. This is a common problem reported by men and women who wear jeans on a regular basis. Bunching occurs when excess fabric forms in a particular area, such as the knees. While it typically won’t affect the comfort or structural integrity of your jeans, it will affect their appearance. If you have a pair of jeans that consistently bunch at the knees, they’ll look awkward — and probably unattractive — when worn. You can prevent your jeans from bunching at the knees, however, by following a few simple steps. Choose a Baggier, More Relaxed Cut The cut in which your jeans are made will affect their susceptibility to bunching at the knees. Generally speaking, skinnier cuts are more likely to bunch at the knees than baggy cuts. A pair of skinny leg jeans, for example, will probably bunch at the knees if you wear them long enough. This is because skinny leg and similar denim cuts are tight, and when you wear them, you’ll stretch the denim fabric in certain areas like the knees. If you’re worried about your jeans bunching at the knees, choose a baggier and more relaxed cut instead. Go With Stretch Denim Another way to prevent the dreaded knee-bunching effect is to choose jeans made of stretch denim. What is stretch denim? Basically, stretch denim consists of both regular denim as well as an elastic fabric like polyester or spandex. Stretch denim jeans still consist mostly of regular denim — usually at least 90% — but they also contain an elastic fabric...
Saltwater: The Secret to Preventing Faded Jeans

Saltwater: The Secret to Preventing Faded Jeans

Have your favorite pair of denim jeans faded to a lighter tone? Most men and women prefer deep, dark-colored jeans. A pair of indigo jeans, for example, will offer a dark blue appearance that complements most other garments and fashion accessories. Over time, however, jeans may fade from their original color to a lighter color. Jeans typically fade for one of two reasons: sun bleaching or dye being released. Of course, sun bleaching occurs when jeans are exposed to sunlight for long periods of time, resulting in the gradual bleaching of its dye. But jeans can also fade to a lighter tone if their dye is released when being washed or dried. The good news is that you can protect your jeans from such fading using saltwater. It’s a simple yet highly effective way to set the dye in your jeans and, therefore, protect them from fading. How Saltwater Works You might be wondering how exactly saltwater can set the dye in your jeans and protect them from fading. Well, saltwater works by absorbing excess or loose dye, preventing that dye from being released by the jeans. If you simply wash your jeans in “regular” water, some of the loose dye may be released. It’s not a substantial amount of lost dye, but it’s still noticeable if you wash your jeans on a regular basis. Using saltwater, however, can minimize the effects of fading by setting the dye. The saltwater will absorb any loose dye while also setting the remaining dye. There are other ways to protect your jeans from fading, but using saltwater is arguably one of the...
Why Are My Jeans Fraying at the Bottom?

Why Are My Jeans Fraying at the Bottom?

Have you noticed your jeans fraying at the bottom? After owning and wearing the same pair of jeans for long enough, you may discover the bottom of the pant legs unraveling. Also known as “fraying,” it can happen to any pants, though it’s more common in jeans because of their unique construction. The good news is that you can often prevent it from happening. First, however, you may find out what your jeans are fraying at the bottom. Boot Cut Jeans With the Wrong Footwear Boot cut jeans are more likely to fray at the bottom than other styles of jeans, especially if you wear them with the wrong footwear. As you may know, boot cut jeans have a larger and wider around the bottom than other styles. They are called “boot cut” because the larger opening allows the bottom of the jeans to fit over the top of your boots. Other styles of jeans have a smaller and narrower opening around the bottom of the pant legs, so you can’t easily fit them over the top of boots. Boot cut jeans solve this problem by featuring a wider opening. But if you wear boot cut jeans with the wrong footwear — specifically shoes, sandals, flip-flops or other non-boots — you won’t be able to take advantage of their unique design. On the contrary, wearing boot cut jeans with a different type of footwear than boots will likely result in the bottom of the pant legs dragging on the ground. Boot cut jeans have a wider opening around the bottom of the pant legs than other styles of jeans,...