Now that you’re well and truly educated on choosing the best pair of jeans for your body shape (read HERE) and the strongest denim trends for winter (read HERE), we now need to discuss how to care for your denim the best way possible.
You might think that denim is one of the more durable fabrics, but it shouldn’t be treated that way. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.
I caught up with the denim experts one more time for their professional tips on how to look after your jeans and their take on the great denim care question: to wash or not to wash?
- Try not to wash your jeans (yes, ever) to avoid fading and stretching out of shape.
- If you must, Mr. Blacks Denim Wash is the best choice – a specially formulated solution that will give your denim a deep clean while restoring the colour.
- Use Mr. Blacks Denim Refresh to freshen your jeans without washing – Matt from Glue Store once wore his jeans for 365 days in support of Jeans for Genes and Mr. Blacks got him through!
- If you decide to throw your denim in the machine, wash with similar colours to avoid colour fade.
- Only use cool water and a mild detergent.
- Iron inside out with plenty of steam.
- Hang denim with as few creases as possible to keep it looking neat and fresh.
- Care for your legs while wearing your jeans with the Blue Illusion Isabelle Jean which contains vitamin E, ginkgo biloba and sea kelp to moisturise skin.
- If you’re taking your jeans up, ask your tailor to sew the original hem onto the jeans – this will make them look more natural.
- To remove unwanted creases, hang your jeans in the bathroom while taking a shower and the steam will act as a natural aid.
- Kill bacteria and freshen your denim without washing by popping them in a plastic bag and then into the freezer overnight (crazy but true!)
- Always wash and dry your denim inside out to prevent fading.
- Never, ever tumble dry or use bleach – it will just end badly.
My own denim care tips
- If you wash your jeans in the machine, wash separately with a tiny amount of washing powder and a pinch of salt.
- First try spot cleaning and airing outside – washing should be a last resort and only performed every few months.
- If your jeans have become too baggy or out of shape, you have permission to wash them – this will restore the original shape.
And that’s a wrap on my Denim Guide! Now run, don’t walk and find your perfect pair!
Part 1 – Choosing the perfect jeans
Part 2 – Top trends + New ways to style your jeans