Tried and Tested Tips to Take Care of Denim: Fashion Fix

From storing to washing, let's have a look at how to care for your beloved denim pieces in this edition of Fashion Fix.

After introducing you to the art of taking care of silk, we thought we’d round up some tips to take care of denim and make your life easier.

Fashion is not only about how to dress and adopt trends, it is also about making the most out of your clothes.

And the best way to make the most of your clothes is to ensure you’re familiar with how demanding certain materials and garments are.

Taking good care of your clothes will ensure your wardrobe ages gracefully without damage.

Denim is all the rage at the moment. While the fabric in itself is considered resistant, there are ways to care for the workwear textile.


Washing Denim

  1. Denim jeans with washes are already treated to be broken in. That means you can wash them more often.
  2. To avoid fading, wash your denim jeans inside out with cold water and a soft detergent.
  3. If you want a slight fade, wash your denim in warm water, but don’t overdo it.
  4. On top of using cold water, adding half a cup of white vinegar to the final wash will ensure your jeans don’t fade.
  5. As a general rule, don’t wash denim unless stained (or smelly).


Drying Denim

  1. Never put denim in the tumble drier.
  2. Just like silk, use a towel to remove excess water from your denim piece before hanging it to dry. This will prevent the water weight from stretching the fabric.
  3. Hang your denim clothes upside-down or flat to dry away from direct sunlight, as this will fade the colour.
  4. Dry cleaning is a sensible option to wash denim.
  5. If you have to use a tumble dryer, put it on the lowest temperature setting and take your denim garment out before it is completely dry.


Storing Denim

  1. Denim comes from a natural fabric and as such needs to breathe.
  2. Ensure you don’t fold your denim too tight or stuffed in your wardrobe to allow the air to circulate through the material.
  3. If you want to store raw denim, never fold it at the midsection over a hanger. Use hangers with clips instead.
  4. Folding your jeans in 3 steps: Lay your jeans on a flat surface and fold symmetrically at the crotch. Fold again so that the hem and the top of the jeans are aligned. Fold in half one more time and voilà, your jeans are folded like a pro.

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