This guest post was written by Kira from Tip Hero.
Choosing the Best Jeans for Your Budget and Body
Depending on what you do from day to day, jeans could be one of those clothing pieces that you get the most wear out of. Therefore, it’s important to invest in jeans that are going to last you a while. Here are a few tips that Wise Bread found from Real Simple for choosing the best jeans for your budget and your body:
- Choose deeper shade because they are handled less and are supposed to last twice as long. Also, darker jeans tend to be more flattering since darker colors are “slimmer and more versatile.”
- Pay attention to the materials in the jeans that you buy.
According to Real Simple, opting for jeans that feature at least 2% spandex allows your trusted blues to stretch with you, instead of ripping after months of wear. Unfortunately, this appears to be a less popular material for men’s jeans than it is for women’s, but this of course makes sense; the tighter the jeans, the more likely they’ll need the stretch.
- Look for deals and coupons online. When you find an especially great deal, look to purchase multiple pairs of jeans of styles that fit the above criteria.
For specific jean recommendations, head over to Wise Bread’s How to Select the Best Jeans for Your Money.
Original Source: Real Simple
How to Care for Your Jeans
A good pair of jeans can get you through a lot of seasons if not years if you take good care of them. Carl Chiara of Levi Strauss & Co., along with many other specialists, believes that the best way to care for jeans is not to over-care for them. This is good news for penny-pinchers out there. It may not be worth it to waste money on washing your jeans frequently.
Because denim shapes to people’s bodies, you don’t want to lose that shape by washing them too often. According to Mr. Chiara, putting your jeans in the washing machine agitates the denim, making the fibers on the cotton fabric swell. The yarns then tense up and get shorter, shrinking your jeans. Despite this, Mr. Chiara doesn’t take his jeans to the dry cleaner. Here is his method:
After six months of wearing a pair of jeans, Mr. Chiara does a comprehensive cleaning; his method could also be used by those who like to wash their jeans more often. Usually, he fills a bathtub to about six inches with room-temperature water and adds two tablespoons of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Liquid Soap, which he likes because it is mild. Then, he immerses the jeans in the tub, laying them flat.
Sometimes, with dark jeans, he’ll add 1/8 cup of white vinegar to the water. “The vinegar sets the indigo and keeps it from fading,” he says. Mr. Chiara is careful not to scrub the jeans or move them around vigorously. He just lets them soak for 20 minutes before hanging them by the belt loops to drip dry.
Take a look at a couple of tips from Mr. Chiara for freshening up your jeans between washes, whether you wait a few weeks or six months, like him, between washes:
- Spot-clean spills with a damp sponge and “whatever is under the kitchen sink – usually Windex or 409.”
- At the end of the day (or in the morning), hang your jeans on a hook in your bathroom when you shower. Try hanging jeans by the belt loop to preserve their shape. The steam will freshen them up a bit.
Check out the full Wall Street Journal article over at The Jeans Care Secret: Rarely Wash Them.
Bring Faded Jeans Back to Life
Have a pair of old jeans that fit like a glove but are starting to look a little too worn and faded to wear stylishly? Instead of springing for a new pair of jeans, The Motherload has a great alternative that should only cost you about $5.
All you have to do is head down to your local fabric store, i.e. Joanne’s Fabrics, and head to the aisle with fabric dyes. Pick out your desired color, either Black, Navy or Indigo depending on the wash you’re going for, and get two boxes of the powdered Rit dye. When you go home to get started, keep in mind that the project will be a messy one. Old clothes and gloves are definitely a must. However, when you’re done, you should have achieved great results like these:
For the full tutorial for this project, head on over to The Motherload’s How to Dye a Faded Pair of Jeans.
How to Repurpose Old Jeans
Denim is an extremely durable material that usually outlasts our use for them as jeans. So what do you do with old jeans that you can’t wear anymore? Here are some clever and crafty ideas!
- Denim Cut-Offs Wine Bag: make a lovely bag with a jean leg bottom and line it with a sturdy fabric.
- Laptop Bag: using old jeans, a pretty fabric and batting, you can make a sturdy and cute bag for carrying around your computer.
- Denim Bibs: these are cute treats for baby and they’re easy to wash.
- Recycled Denim Potholder: make these with the back pocket of a pair of old jeans.
- Small Gadget Tote: shows you how to make a caddy with 3 separate pockets to protect things like iPods and mp3 players.