Congratulations on your new pair of jeans or jean jacket! Now that they are home, it’s time to build some character and break them in. With each wearing, you’ll add stains, scrapes, and tears, each with its own story to tell. Eventually, though, they’ll become worn down if you don’t understand the nuances of proper clothing care. Just because jeans are made to last, doesn’t mean they don’t deserve a little TLC.
Breaking Them In
This is a long process unless you want to risk damaging the denim fabric. How long depends on your lifestyle. The more active you are, the quicker your jeans will feel the effects of wear. If you spend more time at a desk, you can expect the process to take six months or more.
Don’t fold them! When you fold, roll them up, or just toss them in a corner, you make creases where they aren’t supposed to be. This erases any work you put into fading them in the thigh and back of the knee. Hang your jeans by their loops, which helps your jeans maintain their natural shape.
You can wash them, but don’t do it too frequently. And, don’t wait too long. No matter how good you look in them, no one likes smelly jeans. If you choose to wash them, turn them inside out and use a mild detergent in cold water. If you want to keep the dye intact and avoid unwanted crinkles, your best bet is to have them dry cleaned at Flair Cleaners.