For most, denim is a wardrobe staple. For some, it’s an investment. Regardless of which camp you fall into, your jeans are probably one of the hardest working garments in your closet and as a result, they tend to take a beating. If you want to maximize your cost-per-wear, you’re going to need to be ready to shell out for repairs. The guidelines for dutiful upkeep remain the same regardless of the type of denim. While denim is designed to be durable, it’s not indestructible.
Heddels.com gives 7 ways to make your denim last longer:
Get the right size
Different brands fit differently (some run big, some run small). By the same token, some brands will shrink after your first wash and others will give with wear. If your jeans are too small, it will lead to more abrasion and quicker blowouts, not to mention threaten your unborn children. It’s really important when you’re shopping around that you speak with sales assistants that are personally familiar with the nuances of fit associated with the brands they represent.
At the risk of preaching to the choir, you should buy raw denim. If you want long-lasting denim, there’s no sense in buying a pair that’s already had a year of life sandblasted off of them.
If you really want to put your jeans through the ringer, go heavyweight (anything above 16oz). More cotton simply means there’s more for you to work through.
Wash your jeans
You should most certainly wash your jeans (if you want them to last longer). If you don’t, your denim will absorb all the dirt, grime, and sweat that comes with wear, creating harmful friction, that will wear down the cotton. When it comes time to wash your jeans, spot-clean first, as not all stains warrant an all-over wash. Also, be sure to wash them using cold water, with a non-abrasive detergent (if necessary at all). Select the gentle or delicate cycle setting if you choose to use a washing machine or put them in the tub.
Hang dry them
You shouldn’t put your jeans in the dryer! Subjecting your jeans to high heat causes shrinkage (which increases stress points), expedites the breakdown of the cotton fibers, and can cause some really funky new creases. Once you’ve finished washing, be sure to either: hang dry, roll, or lay your jeans flat.
Be diligent about repair
Crotch blowouts, busted button-holes, pocket bag wear, and frayed hems are all common plights associated with well-worn denim. Just be sure to take them to someone who knows what they’re doing.
Keep ’em in rotation
Don’t succumb to the urge to wear the same pair of jeans week-in and week-out. You should do your best to avoid wearing the same pair for days or weeks at a time. It will give your jeans a chance to wear and dry out.
Even if you follow all of these tips, your jeans will eventually fade away, but hopefully this info will help you slow down the process.