Spring’s officially here, and spring cleaning/wardrobe-refresh is just as important as dusting, vacuuming, and polishing your way to a clean home. If you’re anything like us, your denim collection has multiplied since last spring and it’s time to get it back in check. Maybe you lost weight, changed tastes, or want to try something new? In any case, read on for our version of a denim closet face lift.
1. Cover your bases. Own a pair of gorgeous dark-wash jeans, a few fierce prints, a flare (or wide leg) jean, and classic cut-off’s. Shop our favorite dark wash jeans below:
1. 7 For All Mankind Roxanne Skinny Jeans
2. MOTHER The Looker mid-rise skinny jeans
3. Current/Elliott The Roller mid-rise boyfriend-fit jeans
Shop our favorite printed jeans below:
1. Current/Elliott The Stiletto printed cropped jeans
2. Diane Von Furstenberg The Classic mid-rise skinny jeans
3. Rag & Bone Goetz printed mid-rise skinny jeans
Shop our favorite flare-leg/wide-leg jeans below:
1. MiH Jeans Miramar mid-rise wide-leg chambray jeans
2. Christopher Kane mid-rise flare leg jeans
3. Michael by Michael Kors Faded mid-rise wide-leg jeans
Shop our favorite classic cut-off’s below:
1. J Brand Cut-off low-rise denim shorts
2. Christopher Kane Neon stretch-denim cut-off shorts
3. KSUBI Alberceque cut-off denim shorts
2. Tailor your jeans so they fit you flawlessly. We offer expert tailoring services (and you don’t need to live in NYC to achieve a perfect fit!) You can also get cut-off’s made from existing fav’s that need a twist.
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3. Brush up on your denim care techniques. Below, 5 tips for doing so.
- How to wash your jeans.
- How to remove an odor from your vintage jeans.
- How to remove wax from jeans (and how to remove gum).
- How to store & organize your jeans.
- How to wash raw denim.
4. Add a little vintage denim to the mix. Shop in thrift stores or second-hand stores to find unique (sometimes bizarre and DIY-inspiring) denim pieces to set your collection apart.
Above: Vintage high-waisted denim shorts in rainbow stripe ($32) – buy it at In The Hammock Vintage. 70s HANG TEN vintage denim overalls ($72) – buy it at Passé Nouveau Vintage. Vintage chambray soft denim shirt ($40) – buy it at Capricorne.
Some of our favorite vintage shops, with locations cross-country, are listed below.
- Beacon’s Closet
- Salvation Army
- Buffalo Exchange
- Crossroads Trading
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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What’s the best way to store and wash your jeans? We picked up this tip from Garderobe during our Q&A— they’re a luxury wardrobe storage service that had a thing or two to say about owning denim. They told us…
“For denim storage purposes, you have to consider how often you both wear and wash your jeans. Separate the everyday jeans from the nicer, occasional jeans. Everyday jeans are likely washed more frequently, therefore the shrink and fade are expected, unlike what you’d want from your usually more expensive, occasionally worn jeans.
If you like the washed denim look of whiskers and honeycomb, then creases and fades shouldn’t be a bother, just fold your jeans. Lay them flat and face up, fold long with rear pockets facing, take them and fold to meet over top of pocket, fold remaining waistband towards self, and last, fold once more to cover waistband. Stack.
Keep less worn, nicer jeans on a skirt/pant hanger with clips in your closet. It’s best to use a hanger with non abrasive clips, without sharp teeth. The clasp should have a smooth, rounded edge, or simply use foam padding for cushioning. Hang your jeans free and open from the waistband, never from the leg hem, as this creates a bottom heavy hang, which creates stress on the denim. Remember; never fold your nice jeans over a hanger bar, as it will undoubtedly create unwanted fade lines and creases.”
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