Sustainability: How to Care for Your Jeans

As a personal stylist for women, I’m all about respecting each client’s values and helping her communicate those through her clothing. I got so deep into this values discussion that I did a workshop at Amazon last year to help employees learn to live their values when it comes to clothing. As it turns out, it’s not as difficult as it sounds. And, like everything, it doesn’t need to be perfect. Really, who needs more things to feel guilty about? No one, that’s who.

So, I’m kicking off a new series of posts on Sustainability. This will also be woven more intentionally into posts in the future. This does not mean that I’ll only focus on pieces that are made from sustainable fabrics or recycled water bottles, etc. Although, I’ll certainly share those with you, too! What is means is that it’s important to be of service to the Poplin community where YOU are. So, if you’d like to pre-cycle (buy less, buy previously worn pieces or maximize what you have), recycle (find new homes for your unwanted pieces in a way that makes the world a better place, or at least doesn’t make it worse) or make intentional purchases (fabric choice, makers, number of pieces, and so on), this series is for you.

We’re going to kick things off with some essential info for just about everyone: How to care for your jeans. Off we go!

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How to Care for Your Jeans

Extending the life of your jeans saves you money and heartache.

Turn them Inside Out.

This basic step will help decrease fading. Of course, if you want them to fade, go ahead and wash them right side out.

Wash in Cold and keep it short.

Washing your denim in cold water is great for the fibers and will preserve them over time. It’s also not necessary to wash them in a long cycle, so keep it short and save water while you save your denim.

TUmble Dry or Lay Flat to Dry.

When you dry your jeans they are likely to shrink from the heat. Sometimes, this is a win, right? If you’ve been wearing them for a while and they are stretching out, drying can help them return to their natural state. But, ideally, you are minimizing drying cycles which are hard on the fabric.

Wash Them Less Frequently.

I first discovered this from a friend when I lived in NYC. He only wore premium jeans and he washed them infrequently. Less washing is good for the denim and is good for the environment. Go back to basics. If they look or smell dirty (or if you just feel like they are) go for it. You should be getting multiple wears out of them in between washes.

Keep an eye out for more sustainability related style. And if you have yet to register for the upcoming workshop on Money + Style, do it now! Spots are limited and every person who purchases a ticket will also get one free hour of styling with Poplin.