February 06 2014
Written By
Paul Jaworski
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How To Make Your Raw Denim Last Forever

Everyone has a favorite pair of jeans. That one pair that fits just right and you want to wear every day. You live in denim, and you want your that favorite pair to last forever. Below, we give you our best advice on how to get more wears per pair. 


Make Sure You're Actually Buying Raw Denim

If you are unfamiliar with what raw denim is, we've composed a short breakdown for you here. 

Anyway, if you want a pair of jeans to last you a long time, you should buy 'em raw. The reason for this is a simple one: you'll get more wears per pair. When you think about it, if you go to a store to buy pre-distressed denim, you are essentially buying a pair of jeans that are already worn down and broken in. This sucks for a few reasons: you typically pay more for pre-distressed denim because the company producing them has to pay someone extra to distress them for you, you don't get to break them in yourself, and worst of all, the vast majority of pre-distressed jeans are made in factories with poor or even dangerous working conditions.

Which leads me to my next point, make sure your jeans aren't being produced cheaply in a place like Dhaka, Bangladesh.


Wash Your Raw Denim

We've also created a visual guide on How To Wash Your Raw Denim.

Some people will tell you it's a sin to ever even think about washing your raws and some people say you should wait at least six months before washing them. The reason people suggest to hold off on washing your jeans is because they are trying to achieve high contrast fading. High contrast fading is cool and all, but having a pair of jeans that lasts a really long time is even better and guess what? They are still going to fade.

We recommend washing your denim once every two to three months. You can wash them sooner if they stink. There is no need to smell like a hobo in the name of "sick fades".


Get The Right Size

No matter where you buy your denim, there should be a sizing guide available. You can peep our guide here. 

It really depends how you like your jeans to fit, but in most cases you want to size down with raw denim. For example, if you normally wear a 31 you can be safe to order a 30 from most brands. The reason for sizing down is because raw denim stretches about an inch in the waist with some wear. However, you are also safe to order true to size if you are willing to wear a belt. True To Size (TTS) means that if you just go ahead and order your standard size. Choosing the correct size will vary from brand to brand. 

This can be tough sometimes, especially when shopping online. This is why we try to provide exact measurements and allow exchanges. 

Choosing the correct size should help ensure that you don't get crotch blowouts as quickly. Crotch blowouts happen because this is the area of your denim that will see the most tension, especially if you walk or ride a bicycle a lot. If you wear your jeans too tight or too low on the waist you will create more tension and destroy the fabric faster.



Repair Your Raw Denim

Finally, if you are the type of person who actually lives in your jeans, they are eventually going to rip. Don't worry, there are two solutions to this:

1. Google Search: Denim Repair followed by the name of the place in which you reside. Ex: Denim Repair Los Angeles

2. Sew 'Em: If you know how to sew, you can fix holes yourself. If you don't and want to learn there are plenty of tutorials available. 




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