Why would anyone choose a rinsed denim over a raw denim?

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  1. stretch1

    stretch1 Member

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    Okay I know some people like to buy pre-distressed jeans so that they have that worn-in look when already bought, but why would someone ever prefer a rinsed denim with no fading/distressing over a regular raw denim? Does rinsed denim distress the same way as raw?

    Sorry I know the questions are kind of noobish but I'm learning, and btw I don't like the pre-distressed jean look I'm just wondering.
     


  2. Find Finn

    Find Finn Senior member

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    Avoid the break in period and stiffness
     


  3. gats

    gats Senior member

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    why would someone ever prefer a rinsed denim with no fading/distressing over a regular raw denim?

    Some people just prefer denim dark and that won't fade or look distressed, it's completely a matter of taste
     


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    mikecch Senior member

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    dawei94 Well-Known Member

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    They don't have easy access to a washing machine?
    They don't want to soak/wash for an hour or 2 and wait for it to dry before wearing?
     


  6. madmadigan

    madmadigan Senior member

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    Some people just prefer denim dark and that won't fade or look distressed, it's completely a matter of taste

    Just because the denim has been "rinsed" doesn't mean it won't fade or distress over time. Unsanforized denim will shrink when it hits water, that's why most people do it before wearing them. Usually unsanf denim fits a little big all over when new (even when you purchase the correct size). Soaking/rinsing shrinks them down and they still fade over time.

    Denim that is sanforized to begin with, doesn't really need to be soaked, it's just a personal preference. So if a certain brand sells a raw denim that IS sanforized, and has been rinsed, it's really just to make them a little less stiff/rigid, and remove some startch that's in them since they were made. They will still fade like regular non rinsed denim, however the fades might be slightly less contrasty in the end, just cause the denim was a little less rigid from the rinse. However, whether they will be less contrasty is probably a matter of opinon and it shouldn't really matter in the end.

    My .02 cents.
     


  7. macuser3of5

    macuser3of5 Senior member

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    some washes look cool
     


  8. mikecch

    mikecch Senior member

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    They don't have easy access to a washing machine? They don't want to soak/wash for an hour or 2 and wait for it to dry before wearing?
    I referred to sizing certainty when when buying from an online source. Lot's of denim shops in Japan offer washing services for raw denim when you buy in person...not everyone has the luxury of spending a few hours on a pair of jeans.
     


  9. melonadejello

    melonadejello Senior member

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    I wondered this once. But now that I have a ton of pants, I just never wear any of my raws :shrug:
     


  10. Fycus

    Fycus Senior member

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    Washes change denim texture, weight, drape, stacking, etc that isn't the same as raw denim. I tend to prefer the look of tastefully washed/distressed denim to raw.
     


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    brad-t Bae Blade

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  12. SwiftLearner

    SwiftLearner Well-Known Member

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    Because no matter what I do to a pair of raw denim jeans, they are never going to look as cool as my prewashed Diors.
     


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    hastur Senior member

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    a lot of raws are unsanforized and tbh the idea of spending $300+ on a pair of unsanforized jeans that may or may not fit after a soak/break in doesn't really sit well with me. i do have a few pairs (n&f mostly) but i just can't really bring myself to pull the trigger on some of the japanese brands because of this.
     


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    Why would anyone ever choose a red shirt over a blue shirt?
     


  15. flyguy7

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    because i don't want indigo all over my shit

    +1. How else would I keep my CPs crispy white?
     


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