Any woman who has shopped for jeans knows that the entire...
But once you find the perfect pair of jeans, and yes, ...it can be done with the right guidance (>> click here to stay tuned for blog posts on choosing jeans and swimsuits to flatter your body-type), you will want the jeans to last for as long as possible.
Here are a few of my tried and true tips for keeping your jeans and denim looking as "new" as possible.
1 For the "first " washing of the denim, especially with dark wash jeans, always wash in cold water. We are going to "set" the dye. Remember to keep your jeans looking new, only wash your jeans every three to four wearings.
2 Use one cup of distilled white vinegar, pour in the washing machine and let it distribute well in the water before placing the jeans in the washer. NO LAUNDRY SOAP for the first washing. Then I alternate using vinegar or laundry soap to clean my jeans, after I have "set" the color in my denim after the first washing. Use only a small amount of laundry soap with denim.
4 Jeans will release the largest amount of dye in the first wash cycle. The vinegar will set the dye and prevent it from transferring onto other clothing items and onto your skin.
5 After the jeans are finished washing, the first time and every time, take out of the machine and re-shape the jeans. Make sure that pull the legs down to give you a little more length in the hem. Make sure to zip up the zipper and lay flat on a drying rack to dry. NEVER put jeans in the dryer, the heat breaks down the stretch fiber (Lycra content) and the finish on the denim. The jeans will be a little stiff after you grab them off the drying rack. Loosen them up by rubbing them with your hands.
The jeans above are mine and my favorite. They are some of my more expensive jeans, although I rarely pay full price for anything, but when you consider cost-per-wearing, these jeans have been a good investment; a staple in my wardrobe. These jeans are three years old. You treat your jeans well and they'll treat you well.
- Are you long or short-waisted?
- What's the ratio between your waist and hips?
- Where is your natural waist?
- How does your inseam relate to your torso?
- Where do you carry your weight?
These factors affect the rise of the jeans, the width of the waistband, the wash, the style of the leg, etc. for the perfect pair of jeans. If done well, you shouldn't have muffin-top and back-gap and the cut will truly flatter your assets.
When I work one-on-one with clients, without fail, they all want a great fitting pair of jeans. For 15 years I've been analyzing women and their body-type to teach them how to recognize that perfect pair of jeans that flatter their assets and minimize their challenges.
When you find that perfect jean, you want to make it last and look great as long as possible.