It’s easy to think of jeans as the casual staple in your closet that do not require much in the way of care or thought. However, if you wear jeans on an almost daily basis, and especially if you’re buying designer denim, proper care for your jeans is the key to maintaining a sharp look.
Choosing a Great Pair of Jeans
If you want jeans that you can wear to work or to a hot club, start by looking at the color: The darker the denim, the classier the jean. Look for a high-quality fabric that reflects the light just a little and one that’s tightly woven. The stitching is also a sign of a well-made jean: Great jeans have very tight, even stitching, and often use multiple colors of thread.
Washing Your Jeans
The trick to maintaining jeans is to let them fade naturally, over time. Washing jeans fades them unnaturally, breaking down the beautiful indigo shades and destroying the fit you loved so much in the store.
The answer? Don’t wash your jeans unless you absolutely have to. Air them out after wearing to prolong the times between washing, and try to keep them away from the washing machine for two or three months at a time.
To keep them clean, spot clean them when needed with a toothbrush. When it’s time to wash them, turn them inside out — and don’t forget to empty the pockets first! Set your wash and spin cycles to cold, and use the mildest detergent possible. Air dry your jeans to keep them looking sharp.
Storing Your Jeans
The first rule for storing your jeans: Don’t toss them on the floor. However, hanging them up by folding them over a hanger isn’t a great solution either, since that crease is likely to become set in the jeans. If you have room in your closet, set up a row of hooks, and hang your jeans up by their belt loops. Another solution is to clip them onto skirt hangers (by the waist please, and not by the cuffs).
If you take care of your jeans, they’ll take care of your look for years to come!