Denim Care Tips to Help Preserve Your Fave Denim Staples
We all like to take pride in our appearance, especially when it comes to our wardrobe – specifically denim care. For trendy guys and gals, shopping the finest American made jeans is always an enjoyable experience, and for some, shopping is a sport. From choosing the perfect fit, length and style, to deciding which jeans go with which tee and boots, there’s a lot of fun to be had in rocking denim your way.
But every style staple needs the tender loving care part. The part where we respect our clothes and give something back. Here at Bullet Blues, we believe if you look after your clothes, they’ll look after you. And the same cardinal rule applies to denim care. Think about it… you spend your whole life picking out beautiful clothes and wearing them for every occasion. Birthdays, parties, dinner dates, shopping trips… where would we be without our trusty fashion friends?
While it has to be said that laundry day isn’t our favorite day of the week, getting into the habit of washing and drying your Bullet Blues jeans is oh so important. We’ve put together a helpful list of denim care tips to keep your go-to American made jeans in top top condition:
Always Read the Care Labels
So let’s start with the basics: if in doubt, let the care labels be your guide to denim preservation. Similar to how a bottle of wine tastes better with age, when properly cared for, you can actually improve the look and feel of your high quality made in USA jeans. As a fabric, denim is strong and made for wear and tear. Now, we’re not suggesting you go tearing holes in your brand new pair, rather that you can make your designer jeans last for many years if you look after them. Some people actually prefer their denim to look ‘lived-in’. And who could blame them? We spend a large portion of our day dressing for comfort, and no other pants compare to casual American made jeans.
Pay special attention to the wash and dry symbols on your care label – this is stitched inside every well-made pair of jeans. Check out this handy list of laundry symbols which includes everything from washing and bleaching, to drying, ironing and dry clean instructions. Luckily, at Bullet Blues, all of our American made women’s and men’s jeans are 100% machine washable – no inconvenient trips to the dry cleaners necessary.
Denim Care Means Color Care Too
You know that feeling of trying on a brand new pair of skinnies, when the color looks rich and distressed detailing fits all the right places? It can be a challenge trying to maintain retailer-bought standards, but it’s not impossible. The key to keeping that gorgeous indigo-blue tint intact is to preserve the denim’s natural dye with how you wash it.
So for example, if you’re after a dark wash skinny jean with subtle whiskered fading, you’ll need a pair of our all-American ‘Fox Azur’ skinnies. With denim care, the secret to locking in color (and avoiding shrinkage!) is to machine-wash on a cool setting – or even a hand wash setting if your machine has this. You’ll want to set the temperate dial at 30 degrees, and ideally hang-dry afterwards. If you’re short on time, Bullet Blues designer jeans can also withstand a low tumble dry setting to speed up your laundry process. Remember to fasten zippers and turn your jeans inside out to help retain their color and quality.
We know it’s hard to pick just one pair from your collection, but make sure you always have clean jeans on standby, and separate light and dark colors when washing. If you must use a detergent, choose a mild option. Ideally you should go for a chemical-free liquid soap with no artificial brighteners. Also, be sure to skip the fabric softener as this will ruin the fabulous quality and color of your denim separates over time.
Wash, Dry, Fold and Repeat
Once you’ve washed and dried your jeans to perfection, now it’s time to store them away safely until you’re ready to rock. Store in a draw and add scented fresheners, or fold and hang over coat hangers in your closet. Also, if you find that lack of space is an issue, just grab a vacuum-pack bag and seal airtight until you’re ready to wear again. Top tip: remember to unfold your jeans, rotate and let them air every 6 months.
If you want to maintain the freshness of your jeans and have the compliments rolling in, these denim care tips are a great place to start.