Jeans are a wardrobe staple, and though you might think that once you find that forever pair—one that meets all your needs in terms of price, fit, quality and style—your complex jean journey has come to end, there's actually a lot to consider once you've purchased them. Yes, as it turns out, you might be making a handful of denim mistakes that are cutting down and ruining the lifecycle and look of your jeans. And when you're spending big bucks on the bottoms, you certainly want to ensure long-term wearability, no? So how does one do this? Ahead, read all about the five denim mistakes you're likely making, plus easy ways to fix them. Then, shop our roundup of must-have denim for the winter months.
1. You're wearing jeans that are too big or too tight
Buying jeans that do not fit to a T is one of the biggest denim faux pas people make—and it's an easy one to commit, at that. Never settle on purchasing a pair with an almost-right fit, and while it may take you longer to find the perfect style, it's well worth it in the end.
Some important things to note? Dress for your current size, and remember that jeans typically stretch after the first wear. If you're still unsure about the fit after purchasing, put them on for a couple of hours (before taking off the tag, of course), to see how much they give.
2. You're washing them too often
Washing your jeans too often is a serious denim mistake you're likely guilty of committing. By limiting your washing to only when really needed (i.e., when they actually look dirty and no longer smell the best), you're extending the life cycle of the denim as well as doing good for the environment. A good rule of thumb? Aim to wash after about five to seven wearings.
3. You're not laundering them on the correct setting
The most important thing to remember? Turn your jeans inside out before throwing them into the washing machine. This will help to preserve the color and slow down fading over time, not to mention actually allow for a proper clean of the inside of the jeans.
4. You're exposing them to too much heat
Denim and heat don't mix well, so be very mindful before tossing your jeans in the dryer after washing. To avoid shrinking and prevent fading, air-dry the jeans by hanging or laying flat, or, if you're in a crunch for time, put them in the dryer on the lowest heat setting.
5. You're not getting them hemmed
While it can be hard to find a pair with the right length, hemming is a great solution to help you get that perfect cut. Pro tip: Jeans should not be dragging on the floor, and when they are, you know it's time to get them hemmed.
As a general rule of thumb, skinny jeans should hit at the top of the ankle, straight-leg jeans look best when at the mid-point of the ankle, and boot cut denim should fall about a half-inch above the ground.
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