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...
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...
10 Easy Ways to Improve the Appearance of Your Jeans

10 Easy Ways to Improve the Appearance of Your Jeans

Worn by men and women of all ages and backgrounds, jeans are the world’s most popular type of pants. Constructed out of denim, they are strong and durable yet also soft and comfortable. These unique properties offer a superior level of performance that’s not found in other pants. But because so many people wear jeans, creating a unique style is often difficult. In this post, we’re going to reveal 10 easy ways to improve the appearance of your jeans. By taking advantage of these tips, you’ll create a unique style that compliments your body as well as the rest of your outfit. #1) Choose Selvedge Denim Jeans Selvedge denim jeans have become a hot trend in recent years. They are designed with several inches of denim fabric folded up and sew into the bottom of the legs. Because the underside of denim has a lighter tone than the outer side, selvedge denim jeans offer a uniquely stylish appearance. #2) Make Sure They Fit Whether you choose selvedge or traditional denim jeans, you should make sure they fit. If they are too big or too small, they won’t help you create a stylish appearance. While you may get lucky by finding the perfect pair of fitted jeans at a local department store, we make the process a little easier by offering custom sizing on all our jeans. When you order from MakeYourOwnJeans, you can specify your measurements, and we’ll use those measurements to design the perfect pair of fitted jeans for you. #3) Pair It With a Denim Jacket Another way to improve the appearance of your jeans is to...
Jeans vs Chinos: Which Type of Pants Is Right For Me?

Jeans vs Chinos: Which Type of Pants Is Right For Me?

Jeans and chinos are two of the most popular types of men’s pants on the market. They’ve been around for over a century, with millions of men throughout the world wearing them on a regular basis. Unless you’re familiar with both jeans and chinos, though, you might be wondering which type of pants is right for you. You can create a stylish appearance wearing either of them, but there are some key differences between these two. To make the process a little easier, we’ve compared jeans to chinos, revealing their similarities as well as their differences. History The origins of both jeans and chinos can be traced back to the mid-19th century. Historians agree that Levi Strauss was responsible for creating the world’s first pair of riveted denim jeans in the 1850s, which he sold to gold prospectors during the California Gold Rush. The heavy-duty construction of Strauss’s jeans made them appealing to gold prospectors, and it wasn’t long until ordinary men and women were looking to purchase them. Chinos were also invented sometime during the mid-19th century, though the exact date on which they were invented is unknown. According to Wikipedia, Chinos were developed in the mid-1800s for use in British and French military uniforms. In the years to follow, their popularity spread into the civilian world. From there, it wasn’t long until men from across the world were wearing chinos. Fabric Different types of fabric are used in jeans and chinos. Jeans, by definition, are made of denim, whereas chinos are made of chino cloth. The denim used to make jeans is a type of warp-faced cotton...
How to Prevent Your Jeans From Bunching When Wearing Boots

How to Prevent Your Jeans From Bunching When Wearing Boots

When wearing jeans with boots, it’s not uncommon for some of the denim fabric to bunch up around your knees. Assuming you wear your jeans over the top of your boots, this shouldn’t be a problem. In recent years, however, many people have begun tucking the bottom of their jeans into the top of their boots. It’s a fun and unique style that allows for a slimmer appearance. And when you tuck the bottom of your jeans into your boots, you don’t have to worry about your jeans dragging on the ground — something that can quickly destroy an otherwise pristine pair of jeans. If you’re going to tuck your jeans into the top of your boots, though, you should follow some basic tips so that they don’t bunch up around the knees. Choose a Narrow, Tight-Fitting Cut The cut in which your jeans are made will affect their susceptibility of bunching up around the knees. Jeans are available in more than a dozen different cuts, each of which has a unique construction that fits differently than the rest. Some cuts are baggy, for example, whereas others are more tight and narrow. If you’re worried about your jeans bunching up around your knees, avoid the former type and instead choose the latter. Cuts such as slim fit, skinny and straight leg are all great choices. They fit tighter than baggy, relaxed and loose cuts, so there’s less excess fabric to bunch up when worn. Cuff the Bottom of Your Jeans Before stuffing the bottom of your jeans into the top of your boots, take a minute to cuff them....