First, happy Labor Day, everyone! I hope your barbeques and festivities went well! I spent mine with la famille, and a few hours shopping. Of course. I got some super cute embellished jelly flats from BCBG, which I'll probably wear to work tomorrow. My company just moved to a brand new office downtown, so what better way to celebrate than to waltz in with adorable new shoes?
Okay, so there are much better ways to celebrate than buying new shoes, but let's look past that, shall we?
Anyways, the wonderful Alexis at J.Crew Aficionada posted about J.Crew Jack's fashion advice for men, which included the suggestion to not wash your jeans for at least 3 months. Or to never wash them at all. Ever. Apparently, hardcore jeans enthusiasts never let their denim hit the suds.
I know where Jack's detergent-phobic pearls of wisdom come from: with every wash, denim wears down and fades. I've had a perfectly good pair of dark rinse True Religions turn pale after one wash cycle. Not acceptable. So I got to wondering, how do most people take care of their denim?
To keep my jeans looking like the day I bought them, I keep them out of the washer. Jeans can take a beating and show nary a sign, so it's not necessary (in this girl's opinion) to clean them after every wear. I usually wash mine once a month, unless one of these things happen: they get dirty, they get wet, they spent the night in a particularly smelly place (ie: a bar), or they spent the day in brutal conditions (ie: sweat ewww). But I also make liberal use of Febreeze after each wear and I keep those cuffs off the ground.
I think what you do in your jeans also factors in deciding how often they should be washed. I spend most of my days sitting for hours inside an air conditioned office. I'm guessing that if you're a construction worker, never washing your denim for the sake of preserving its color isn't the way to go. Everyone within a 15-foot radius of you would rightfully protest.
I say abstain from overwashing, but do clean them once in awhile. 3 months in between washes is a bit much.