Denim Tips: How to Break Jeans In, Fold, Etc…

All good things must come to an end. Therefore, #Denim Week is officially over. However, that doesn’t mean that I won’t continue to provide some helpful hints and tips about denim because it has definitely become one of my favorite fabrics. In fact, by doing so much research about denim and denim jeans in particular, I think I have become slightly obsessed!

So here are 6 7 essential tips on how to care for your denim.

1. Wait 4-6 months before you wash your raw denim jeans. This is the best way to “break-in” your jeans. Also, within that time you will be able to create those natural fade designs on the thighs, pockets, and behind the knee that we all love!

2. Unlike raw denim, most jeans are pre-washed and pre-shrunk to achieve a faded look so they don’t need to be broken in. Therefore you can wash these more often but only when they’re stained or start to smell.

Just don’t try that silly freezer method.

3. If you’ve spilled something on your jeans like hot sauce or wine (my usual mishaps), just put a small amount of detergent on a washcloth and dab it away. No need to throw it in the wash!

4. To prevent fading, wash jeans inside out in cold water on the delicate cycle or by hand with Woolite. However, if you actually want your jeans to fade quickly, wash them once in hot water.

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5. Avoid using a dryer. Jeans tend to shrink a little bit after the first wash but a dryer will shrink your jeans dramatically. So hang them upside down to dry instead.

6. Fold your jeans you like your work in retail. Lay a pair on a flat surface and fold them in half from left to right. Grab the stacked jean legs and fold them in half so the hems of the legs line up with the waistband. Them fold the legs in half one more time. Simple!

7. Store them properly. Don’t pack denim too tightly together on a shelf or in a closet. Denim fibers needs to breathe and air out when they’re not being worn.


As always, thanks for reading and feel free to share some of your denim care tips below!

Yours truly,

Akil McLeod
The Dapper Advisor

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