I had a great question posed to me recently by a fan on my Facebook page. Here’s my answer to her. 🙂 Do YOU have any additional tips or thoughts on this? Feel free to comment!
Dear Tanya Stylespygirl,
I need your help!! I have noticed that all my favorite jeans are starting to loose their shape, especially the skinny jeans around the knees and booty. They are, quite literally, becoming warn out! I’m heartbroken.. Any advice on how to keep future pairs of jeans from befalling the same fate? I’d love to keep their shape as long as possible.
Thanks!! You are amazing,
Thanks for your question, Jin! First off, may I ask what brand of jeans you are buying? I’ve noticed in the past that my “budget” brand jeans tend to wear out faster than higher-end ones. I’ve never been a huge believer in following labels, but there is some truth to “get what you pay for.”
Budget skinny jeans tend to have a higher percentage of spandex and polyester, the materials that give them so much stretch. These can wear out over time, making them baggy around the butt and knees. Looking for jeans with a higher cotton count, and less synthetic stretch fibers, will give you a firmer feeling jean that also lasts longer. I know that some higher end brands can be expensive, but shop your local thrift & consignment stores for great deals! Buying resale jeans means you will also see how well a pair is holding up, or bagging out!
I also recommend not drying your skinnies all the way. I wash mine in cold, then dry them on ultra-low for about 10 minutes to get the wrinkles out. I hang them to dry the rest of the way after that.
If you do decide to invest in a new pair of higher-end jeans, DO think of them as an investment! Buy what you LOVE, and know you’ll wear a ton, like a dark wash that fits you perfectly. I believe in a “cost per wear” equation; if you pay $20 for a pair of jeans that only look good 20 times you wear them, you’ve paid $1 per wear. If you buy a $50 pair that looks great 100 times you wear them, you’re paying .50 cents per wear! Trendy pieces like colored & patterned pieces should be a less-expensive investment, because they will go out of style eventually. But a great pair of neutral jeans (black, grey, dark blue), will last you for YEARS!!! Good luck – let me know how your search goes.