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Raw denim stretch and shrink

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by ponch10, Mar 8, 2019.

  1. Wupper

    Wupper Senior Member

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    Buying a pair of jeans is rocket science.
     

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    it is, and I don't even know why I am doing it since chinos fit me so much better.

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    Hey. Are you evaluating brand new, never worn jeans (W31 and W32) or do you own those jeans and have been wearing them for a while?

    If you're evaluating new jeans, and which to buy, I'm confident you'd be happier with the 31W. I think the 31W will fit more similar to the 32W after a few days of wearing.

    If you were to cold wash brand new sanforized raw denim, and hang dry, the shrinkage will be nearly unnoticeable. You will stretch out 1 to 2 sizes in the stress areas (waist, seat, thighs) over time - that's depending on how long between washes. Once you wash, the jean should revert back to the original specs.

    I'm shooting from the hip here, and this depends on the type of denim and fiber content of the denim, but I would say you'll see a jean stretch about 1/2 size after a couple of days of wearing - 1 size after a couple of weeks (this is where it kind of stabilizes) - and up to 2 sizes if you put a bunch of stress on them over the course of a few months.
     
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    I guess I owe the forum an update. I finally went for the 31W, and I am happy to report that after only a couple of days, these edwin are so much more comfortable than out of the box. I can't really guess how much they loosen up, but what used slightly tight, now is "casually loose", not much, just how it is supposed to be.

    Thanks all for suggesting the right choice here!
     

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    whether the jeans get larger or smaller is not what bothers me. it's that some people wash them 2x in a year of wear. it must be uncomfortable to be near those people.
     

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    I can't find the source where I actually first saw this article, so ABC (Always Broadcasting Crap) will have to do. I usually go 6 months in between washes (with 2 pair rotations) and I've conducted smell tests with friends (GREAT FRIENDS LOL) and they were not able to pick up a noticeable bad aroma. Denim is a different animal to any other pants material. Even Tommy Hilfiger and the CEO of Levi's both go many months in between washes. I do tub soaks with mild detergents and line dry afterwards. Don't get me wrong, there is noticeable dirt present in the tub, but that's to be expected. If I were working outside in these jeans, which I don't, I would obviously wash them regularly.

    https://abcnews.go.com/US/canadian-student-josh-le-year-washing-jeans/story?id=12722442
     

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    I think the trick to not washing them as often is to not wear them in summer when you're sweating your arse off. It's the sweat and oils that stink them up real fast. but in saying that, regular washing of denim is good for the material and extends its life.
     

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    Can you define “regular washing”? I actually am lucky enough to work for a company that allows nice jeans. I work as a Energy Auditor in the Tri State. Summer months consists of painfully hot & humid days humping it out in hot New York Subways and city streets, only to spend 4 hours on my feet running up and down high rise hotels. All this in Denim. I wouldn’t say I’m soaked in sweat, but I certainly to break one out. I usually step up my tub soaking to 3 months at a time.

    This denim kingpin is suggesting otherwise, as well as Tommy Hilfiger. I use to wash my denim weekly and I always felt like they never felt right afterwards; hence the tub soaking. This method takes awhile though (a full day)

    https://levistrauss.com/unzipped-blog/2018/01/25/no-dont-wash-jeans-really/
     
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    I guess it really depends on the individual and what they do. If i were breaking a sweat daily, I would probably want to wash them weekly/ fortnightly.

    You dont have to. but washing does remove dirt embedded in the fabric which would otherwise cause friction to break down the fibres. IF you're getting lots of crotch blow outs, the pants are either too tight or you're not washing them enough. or maybe a combination of both.

    If you're running an office job and dont get dirty, then weekly washing is probably not of much use.

    PS, i only soak my jeans every 6-12 months.
     

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    The reason to wash your jeans is because they’re dirty or stinky. The reason to NOT wash your jeans is for those “sick fades bro”.
    Don’t over think it. If you’re wanting to look like a ranch hand, don’t wash your denim for as long as you can stand it. If that doesn’t matter to you, wash them when you would normally.
     
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    :lol: Up until this last weekend I’ve worn nothing but Lee Modern Fit Jeans for the past 6 years, so I think “sick fades” were never even on the table for me. I chose to wash them every 3-6 months because they feel more comfortable that way, and comfort is infinitely more important to me then style. I just bought my first pair of Raw Selvedge Denim from The GAP for $63, so I will see how I like them.

    Copper Rivets. Paired with a new Tanner Goods Natural Belt (also with Copper Hardware)

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