Denim is such a staple in my wardrobe, especially in the fall in winter timer. They can be both staples and statement pieces, which is something I really love. Today I thought I would dedicate a whole post to denim, from where to buy them to how to care for the beloved staple. With so many options out there, here is my two cents on the important “how-to”s for denim.
Where to Purchase
Basically every clothing store sells their own line of denim because it is such a staple in people’s wardrobes. For me, denim can be divided into two categories: the staple denim and the trendy denim.
Staple denim are those classic jeans you can pair with your more trendy and fun tops and looks. They are the first piece you put on and you work around it. For me, this is dark wash skinnies and black skinnies. These I know I can pair with almost anything to create a cute look, and I know that I will have them for a long time. When it comes to my more classic jeans, I like to spend a little extra to get a nicer quality since I want it to last. My favorite jeans are the ones by Express. They have many different options and fits, and I find them to be quite comfortable and have great quality. I have two pairs of jeans that I have worn religiously for about two years and they still look good as new. They might be a little more expensive, but just wait until they go on sale (I’ve never purchased them full price.) Levis’ denim is also very nice and very comfortable as well. When it comes to staple denim, take a little more time on your search and really know what you are investing in. The idea is that these jeans will last you quite a long time and won’t go out of style for a number of years.
Trendy denim is just as it says, trendy. This might be boyfriend jeans, wide leg, or mom jeans. These trends typically last for a couple of seasons and then fade away. None the less, these jeans are just as necessary as the staples. They add variety and can be statement pieces in your wardrobe. However, since these trends tend to only last for a few seasons, I prefer to not invest as much in them. Stores like H&M and Forever 21 are good places to find these trendy jeans for lower prices. Just recently I picked up a pair of boyfriend jeans from Forever 21. They aren’t as high quality as my Express ones, but they are comfortable and cute, and that’s all that really matters to me!
Care For Your Denim
Whether they are a pair of $100 Levis or a $20 pair from Forever 21, it’s important to take care of your denims so they last longer. One of the best tips I learned about caring for denim was to wash them inside out. Unless you slop mustard or tomato soup on your jeans, typically they don’t get very dirty on the outside. It’s more the inside, next to your sweaty legs where the washing is important. Washing them inside out really helps your jeans maintain their color. Nothing is worse than buying a pair of black jeans and then a month later they are grey.
Another tip is to not wash them as often. Many articles of clothing don’t need washed every time you wear them. Give your jeans a few wears before tossing them in the washer. Washing adds a lot of wear and tear to jeans, so any way to save them from that is a good tip in my book.
I love wearing denim often, so I like to take care of it. I want them to last as long as they can to both save myself some money and save me the tears of parting with a favorite pair.