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Denim Jeans - Buying Guide

Updated: Aug 3, 2018

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Originally worn by factory and mine workers for rough usage over a period, now denim became an essential item in every women's wardrobe. Even though Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis patented the denim fabric as early as 1873, not until the onset of the hippie culture of the 1960s did the denim jeans became popular among youngsters. By 1980s brand like Lee, Wrangler and Levi’s made a permanent fashion statement in the minds of consumers with their different fits, styles, and patterns. Buying a right pair of jeans became more complicated and even more confusing, but it is still very much essential to understand these different types and styles because as simple as it seems, an unfit or saggy jeans can destroy the entire look of a woman.

Types of Denim/Fabrics

Denim or Jean is a cotton fabric originated in Italy. Initially, it was colored with indigo dyes procured from indigo plantations in India. Later, it was replaced by synthetic methods developed by Germany. Today, denim are not limited to blue color, they are available in different colors and different themes of distress.

1. Dry Denim

These are unwashed denim marked by its dark blue color. It is not subjected to any finishing process after dying and most of the time these are shipped directly from the mill to the processing center for adding tags and buttons.

2. Acid Washed Denim

After the dying process, these types of denim are soaked in pumice stones and chlorine to give sharp colors and smooth finish

3. Rinse wash

Most common wash among denim jeans, it keeps its dark blue color but makes the jeans smoother and easier to handle

4. Mid wash

Common wash among mid blue jeans. These are subjected to rinse wash but washed for a longer duration to give a cleaner look with mid level blue color.