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Different brands of jeans

post #1 of 6
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Hey guys, I like to wear jeans with a darker, vintage/distressed wash to them. Some of the pairs I own seem to fade very fast, after two washes, making them too light. From your personal experience, which pairs of jeans keep their wash the longest, and how many washes do they last through before they begin to fade. Also, any tips on how to keep them dark would be helpful. Some suggested brands to comment on are Structure/Express, American Eagle, A&F, Diesel, Ben Sherman, Armani Jeans, Levis Premium, etc. Thanks. Eric
post #2 of 6
I have a pair of Silvertabs with a gold/vintage wash to them, and they've held their color pretty well over the past year or so. I also have a pair of J Crew jeans with a vintage wash but I don't like the fit as much, so I haven't worn/washed them enough to comment thus far.
post #3 of 6
It's almost impossible to avoid fading with jeans - reason being, with traditionally made denim, the dye/wash does not penetrate deeply into the fibres, it just rides on top. With natural scuffing, sitting, washing, etc. the outer blue layer gets worn away to reveal the white underneath. This is the problem with ready made vintage - it looks fine at first, but since it hasn't been washed a zillion times (only sandblasted to look that way) the dye washes out and it doesn't look right. Doesn't matter if the jeans are cheap or expensive, if it wasn't washed (or treated so the dye doesn't bleed as much) it'll fade. To minimize fading, you can either go with dry cleaning (which introduces a whole other set of problems) or wash in cold water, with a gentle, liquid detergent. Something like Zero for dark colors works OK (won't totally prevent dark colors from bleeding, but it helps.) Don't use a washing machine, use a bucket. Dissolve the detergent in a little bit of water, then add some cold water, then the jeans. Dunk it/move around the jeans manually until you're satisfied they're clean enough, then rinse gently with more cold water (don't squeeze or wring out the jeans, just squeeze them gently.) At this point they jeans will probably still be sopping wet; I usually put them in the spin cycle of the washing machine to get the last of the water out, then lay them flat to dry. I don't like using the dryer since it shrinks everything (even on a low setting). Another thing which may sound gross, is to not wash your jeans too often. As you wear your jeans, the material will gently stretch and mold to your body.
post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies, guys. I have an idea...not sure if it would work, but I want to try it on some cheaper jeans that I don't wear much. The idea is to buy some fabric dye, the brand 'Rit' comes in many colors and is relatively cheap, then re-dye my jeans using a dark blue or indigo. The pockets and some of the lining would turn blue instead of white, but I think that some of the deep color may be restored. This may not work so well on jeans that have a gold-ish 'wear' to them, as it would turn them green, but I think it's worth trying. Maybe not. Who knows. Eric
post #5 of 6
re-dye my jeans using a dark blue or indigo.  The pockets and some of the lining would turn blue instead of white
But of course the contrast stitching, usually yellow, will turn dark as well: most likely a muddy dark green.
post #6 of 6
You should not wash your jeans very often if you want them to keep their original color. However, some jeans keep looking even better the more washed they are. Generally black colors are the least resistant.
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