Originally Posted by zacharydschroeder
I purchased unwashed Levi's Skinners about two months ago. I have not washed them yet. I've probably worn them 15 or 16 times. They are starting to show some wear, but mostly the indigo is just turning brighter at the stress points. That means when I wash them (in a few months), those are the points where the indigo will not hold and it will be extra faded there after I wash? All those Nudies on their website were worn unwashed for a long time, but the real high levels of distress come from the first wash after constant wear, right? I plan to wear my jeans a while before I wash them, but if I wash them cold will they come out of the wash not even looking faded? Could I just shower with them on instead so they hold a good fit?
its cool you want to have a nice fading pair of jeans but i think you are worrying about it to much. your jeans should fade and wear according to how you wear them. if your a construction worker your jeans will fade differently from someone that only wears their jeans for 2 or 3 hours a day. you should NOT worry what other people do otherwise it makes no sense to buy raw denim. the point of buying raw denim is to differentiate yourself from every other douche bag out there. wear your jeans however you want. wash when they are dirty. if they smell, its time to wash (even if its at month 2). personally, i wash my raw jeans once a month, sometimes earlier, and my jeans fade well. i am not suggesting you need to wash as often as me but i do recommend you wash when they are dirty. denim needs to be washed frequently in order to hold up well ... assuming you will wear them for 1 - 2 years. in terms of your first wash i would wash in cold water with a mild detergent (woolite or woolite dark). i would avoid the dryer, if possible. the dryer does weird things with cotton-based garments. do not expect them to show real signs of wear for at least 5 months. what you are seeing now it the denim wearing in stress areas ... once you do your first wash those areas will lighten up slightly but like i said you will not notice any real wear for around 5 months +/- depending on how much you wear them. most of all, enjoy them
. move up to a higher quality denim for your next pair.