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SirBalon's: Knowing Men's Fashion Trends

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I don't know how interested you guys will be with this although the Super Skinny Jeans thread managed to shed some debate with you boys so I've decided to start this which will go beyond just simply what trends are on their way. I'll also post on affordable ways to look ultra smart apart from the high end stuff, the men's side to good grooming and many more other things that are related to this.

Back in the old forum I started a thread dedicated to denim and how I saw that it was going to make a massive come back which it did.  The problem is that I didn't get to really embed myself in it plus I went about it the wrong way.

I personally love fashion and have always been enthused by how as with many things it also works in cycles.  Anyway... I'll be posting stuff on here and I hope it can generate some different types of debate ne something aside from football although I will start with a football/ish related article as my first post.

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The Best Dressed Football Managers

 

There’s a great anecdote in issue 17 of football quarterly The Blizzard about how Malcolm ‘Big Mal’ Allison, famed for his trademark fedora and fur coat, was upstaged – as Sporting Lisbon manager in the 1982 Portuguese Cup final – by his opposite number, Sporting Braga coach Quinito, who wore a tuxedo for the occasion.

Sadly, this sort of flex is the exception rather than the rule. Aside from a few ‘antihero pieces’ – Arsène Wenger’s bin bag coat, Tim Sherwood’s gilet, Tony Pulis’ magic hat – the touchline barely attracts any style commentary worth speaking about. There’s about as much panache on display as in the average Sam Allardyce side.

There are a few bosses, however, who make the beautiful game look good. To paraphrase Brian Clough, we wouldn’t say these are the best-dressed managers in the business – but they are in the top five.

 

PEP GUARDIOLA

Guardiola’s swag is often spoken of in terms more breathless than Brazilian Ronaldo on the first day of pre-season training. But like his management style, Pep’s wardrobe is not beyond reproach.

His suits can be on the shiny side, and he frequently teams them with a belt, which is a yellow card offence in our book. (It saws you in half visually: besides, if you need a belt, then your suit doesn’t fit properly.)

That said, the Spaniard is indisputably a top, top, top managerial dresser. His tonal tailoring game is generally strong, as is his knitwear (including the odd roll neck). He’s no slouch in casualwear, either, and he’s even pulled off short-sleeved shirts.

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The tactic: Keep it fairly tight

No, we’re not talking about his porous defences. The main reason that Guardiola is in another league to his rivals is because his clothes, particularly his suits, are close-fitting.

Occasionally a little too close: in the return leg of a Champions League quarter-final, he ripped his trousers on the touchline. There’s no movement, lads!

 

ROBERTO MANCINI

Ageing like a fine Barolo, oozing sprezzatura, Mancini is one of those well-dressed mature Italian men who would look as at home on The Sartorialist as in the dugout. You half-expect to see street style photographer Tommy Ton crouched pitchside trying to get a details shot.

When he was at Man City, Mancini became synonymous with his retro striped scarf – a free gift for season-ticket holders – wearing it with such trend-setting urbanity that the club made it available for general purchase by popular demand. But his key accessory only diverted attention from the rest of his outfits, which were typically immaculate.

As ‘il boss’ of Lazio, Mancini supposedly instructed the players to wear white shirts with their suits instead of blue, because he felt the former were more elegant. Bene.

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The tactic: Don't always buy the big names

Mancini is a fan of Giorgio Armani, rightly declaring his compatriot one of the best designers in history. But he gets his suits from his own “small” tailor in Naples.

As Leicester have demonstrated, you don’t need to splash out on stars to have a competitive dressing room.

 

ZINEDINE ZIDANE

The current holder of the bucking bronco that is the Real Madrid hot-saddle, Zizou is relatively new to management but no stranger to fashion. The talented former midfield maestro has previously modelled for Louis Vuitton, adidas Y-3 and Mango.

Zidane’s coaching CV is considerably less filled out, but he certainly looks the part. He’s also that rare guy who can wear sportswear beyond his twenties without resembling mutton dressed as ram.

Like all of the entrants on this list, it helps that Zidane – at 43, the youngest – gives the svelte impression that he could still join in with the five-a-side match at the end of training.

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The tactic: Play with your head

The most striking thing about Zidane is clear enough. (Just ask Marco Materazzi.) Yes, his baldness is an asset, but it’s one he assists by sticking to understated pieces and subdued colours. Whether in a suit or a tracksuit, his palette doesn’t distract from his pate.

Ultimately, your face should be noticed before your outfit. If your kit is so garish that it hogs the headlines, then you need to make a substitution.

 

LUIS ENRIQUE

With Guardiola as his near-predecessor at Barcelona, the Spaniard had big shoes to fill. Or in his case, trainers worn with a suit.

Forever the ultimate utility man to a generation of Champ Man players (SW/D/M/F Reuben Loftus-Cheek FTW), Enrique has proved just as versatile with his personal style. He got unfairly trolled by football fans and pundits when Barça played Arsenal at the Emirates for his Replay parka and old-school adidas kicks in matching military green. Which is a bit like a half-time team-talk from Karl Lagerfeld: not worth listening to.

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The tactic: Get your foot on the ball

Enrique gives a masterclass in getting the trainers with a suit thing right: keep the kicks classic and/or minimal, and the tailoring trim.

(On a separate but tangentially related note, can we take a moment to talk about the fact that Barcelona’s pre-game outfit is double denim [courtesy of their contract with Replay])?

 

QUÍQUE SÁNCHEZ FLORES

Like a Mediterranean version of Hugh Laurie in House, the ex-Watford gaffer seems as likely to impart tactical information to his skipper Troy Deeney as grumpily diagnose him with some obscure condition.

While not as much of a household name as the others on this list, Flores is seriously underrated. He rocked up for his introduction to the British press (now at Espanyol) in a slim suit, button-down shirt and canvas trainers. As former Gunners hitman Ian Wright (who is actually pretty sharp – maybe we should do best-dressed pundits) put it: “Cool persona, cool trainers… with José struggling, he could be the new sheriff in town.”

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The tactic: Adopt a less rigid formation

It’s not just diving and actually being good at football that continental fancy Dans have imported to these shores. They’ve also brought relaxed, soft-shouldered tailoring that looks and feels less stuffy, so much so that you can wear it with a T-shirt.

There’s a time and a place for highly constructed suits but, unless you’re at a wedding, it’s not the weekend. Take a leaf from Flores’ book with blazers that are more like cardigans – and in some cases, cardigans instead of blazers – and take a bow, son.

 

Source: Jamie Millar (fashion writer)

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30 minutes ago, DeadLinesman said:

Link me to the skinny jeans thread so I can personally PM every cunt that wears them.

;)

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13 minutes ago, Danny said:

Can you sort @DeadLinesman barnet out?

As you can see in my first post on all of this, baldness actually has a lot of benefits when wanting to dress smart mate! xD;)

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Sorry, but some of the gear those managers have on is laughable. Any cunt wearing a full suit with trainers shouldn't be looked at as a 'style icon.

Bad start to this thread Balon. Improve. 

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28 minutes ago, Any O'Brien said:

Balon starting this thread whilst wearing a pair of boot cut jeans and a sporting a pair of Lonsdale slip ons.

Actually boot cut jeans with cream socks and sandals. B|

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8 hours ago, Danny said:

Trainers and a suit sort it out

That's fucking criminal.

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Guardiola looks like a fucking teenager wearing those  blue shoes with his outfit. Best dressed? Fuck no. Gotta have a giggle out the overcoat and hoodie combo as well. Quique and Mancini are the only ones that can seem to not mix up casual clothing with formal dress. Not some spastic mix of the two.

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Mancini looks like the least twattish out of all of them. Italian in better fashion sense shocker.

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Guardiola dresses like a kid that just went to his first flea shop.

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The Signet Ring Is Officially Cool Again

 

Even in the ranks of men's jewellery, signet rings have always been a sign of wealth and status – a literal form of power dressing, spotted on the pinkies of anyone from kings to bankers, Popes to mobsters. So it’s perhaps a surprise that they are making comeback in fashion right now.

Then again, maybe not. Pinstripe suits are back. Gold watches, too. And like those baller statements, the signet ring is for everyone these days, whether you have a hedge fund and a family crest or not.

One reason is the second season of American Crime Story, which tells the story of Gianni Versace’s murder. Gianni wore a signet – it was one of his most iconic pieces, adorned with a snarling Medusa head. The brand that still bears his name re-released it recently, so you can get in on the knuckledusting action.

Whether you want to wear something as ostentatious as a gold ring featuring a snake-covered head from Greek mythology is another thing. Most men are reluctant to go for gold – or silver, or bronze, or any other precious metal for that matter. Classic male jewellery is usually a sober affair (unless your name happens to be DJ Khaled).

Signet rings, however, are much easier to wear than most pieces. You don’t have to be landed gentry to slip one on. Nor do you need access to an Italian fashion fortune. Our expert guide to signet rings proves that any man can pull it off.

Where Did They Actually Come From?

Once upon a time, people used to send letters. Actual handwritten, send-in-the-post letters. Before some genius came up with the idea of self-adhesive envelopes, such correspondence was usually sealed with wax. And for that, they needed a tool to do it with.

“Signet rings – jewellery that was created with a back to front crest – were used to stamp and sign documents, and they go as far back as the 4th century BC in Ancient Egypt,” says Josie Goodbody jewellery historian and author of The Diamond Connection.

“In fact, these seals were often regarded as more notable than a signature, and Edward II ordered that all legal docs in the 14th century were stamped with his signet ring. Some of the most significant letters in history have been ‘signed’ with one to prove authenticity.” Important, especially when your surname dictated whether you lived in the palace or the pig sheds.

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If your mum and dad were posh enough to flex a family crest – and with it, a signet ring – chances are you were in the money. It’s an assumption still widely made today. Yet despite the tradition of passing down a signet ring from generation to generation, the piece was democratised.

“In the 18th and 19th centuries, people had crests made when they came into money,” says Goodbody. “Having this emblazoned upon a signet ring was a sign of what they had achieved.” Signet rings were no longer limited to old-money types.

Since most of us now make our money on a computer rather than trading silks in Venice, anyone can wear a signet ring these days. “There’s little need for wax seals, and many people without a crest have settled for their initials in recent times, with the piece traditionally being worn on the ring finger.” If you do want to make like the lords of old though, Goodbody says that your pinky will serve just as well today as it did in the 18th century.

Or, you can channel the circus that is modern hip-hop. Since most rappers like to wear their pay packet on their wrists/fingers/necks, the signet ring has been co-opted by everyone from Rick Ross to Bruno Mars, and usually with a smattering of precious stones. No bad thing. The popularity amongst We The Best music and beyond is proof that the signet ring is no longer just for toffs.

So too is its presence in popular culture. He’s no member of Cyprus Hill, but Colin Firth wore his own in Tom Ford’s stylish sob-a-thon A Single Man; Henry Cavill also sported one as slick CIA agent Napoleon Solo in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Back in the day, Frank Sinatra wore one, as did Elvis Presley. All wore more traditional takes on the signet ring, so it’s your decision who to take cue from.

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What To Look Out For

“When searching for the perfect signet ring, consider both the metal and the weight,” says Adelle Thompson, head of buying at British jewellers Beaverbrooks. “These often determine the final look, and should complement your own personal style.”

So, if you’re more the muted dresser, avoid knuckles full of mafia gold. Thompson also says that slimmer rings in plated gold or silver can be more minimal, and will therefore prove more a subtle add-on than a statement distraction. If in doubt, go small.

It makes sense to loosen the purse strings, too. “I’d always advise to go premium with signet rings,” says Oliver Proudlock, founder of menswear label Serge Denimes. “Solid silver and gold will last longer, as will a clean simple design.” That’s not to say you can’t spend less – just don’t be surprised when there’s a tell-tale green stain on your skin.

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How To Wear Yours

Signet rings are easy to wear alone. Slip one onto your little finger or ring finger and you’re good to go. Matching it to your other accessories is the difficult part. That’s not to say different pieces can’t work in tandem, but one slip-up can land you in Del Boy waters.

“You can choose to combine your signet ring with other rings, bracelets, cufflinks or watches, but always match metal and style,” says Thompson. “A signet ring on the right hand can complement a wedding band on the opposite, though again, these must reflect one another.”

There is one exception to this formula. Bi-metal watches – the ones that boast a combination of two metals on the case and strap – can be safely worn with either material. Just ensure the precious metal on your timepiece is exactly the same as your signet ring. Yellow gold is no friend of its rose gold sibling.

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Styles To Consider

Signet rings are in themselves a particular style of jewellery, of course, but that doesn’t mean they’re all the same. Pieces usually differ in size, the style of crest and if any precious stones are embedded. It just depends how bold you’re willing to go. If the answer is “not very”, that’s fine, too – not all signet rings even boast an engraving these days.

“There are no right or wrongs when it comes to signet rings,” says Thompson. “Smaller, simple designs are popular as they’re less noticeable, but added diamonds are both durable and stylish.” It’s up to you. Common choices often include a family crest, and many jewellery outfits charge a small fee to help you search for – or even develop – your own.

If bloodlines and ancestry isn’t quite your vibe, initials are a popular, solid choice, as are motifs, emblems or logos. It could be something to do with a big trip, a much-loved story, even your five-a-side team badge if you care that much.

It’s not hard to find somewhere that offers customisation. Hatton Garden jeweller Rebus is one brand to offer a bespoke service from start to finish, consulting with you every step of the way for the perfect signet ring. It’ll undoubtedly cost more. But you’ll own a signet ring tailored specifically to your tastes.

Classic Rounded Signet Rings

The short back and sides of signet rings. A round or oval ring is classic, easy-to-wear and suits almost every personal style in the book. It won’t set the world on fire, but that’s most certainly the point if you’re a muted dresser.

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Squared Signet Rings

Seems you can circle a square. Squared signet rings, in which there’s a rectangular front as opposed to a rounder one, is a subtle pivot from the norm, without radically changing what a signet ring is.

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Stoned Signet Rings

Precious stones needn’t mean rubies, emeralds or some other bling that could blind a small child if the light catches it. Moderately lustrous rocks – like polished agate – are a simpler alternative that’ll chime with your watch and your wider wardrobe.

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Heavily-Stoned Signet Rings

Most guys only opt for one precious stone. Diamonds are expensive, not to mention difficult to pull off. Should you boast the swagger of a Don Corleone in Vegas however, throw caution to the wind and enlist several. And probably contents insurance, too.

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Statement Signet Rings

If you see green at DJ Khaled’s stone-encrusted knuckles, then you sir, are ridiculous. But you have our utmost respect if you’re brave/rich enough to rock a bona fide finger cannon.

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So you're officially out of the closet now?

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I actually can't tell whether this entire thread is serious or a massive wind up.

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1 hour ago, RandoEFC said:

I actually can't tell whether this entire thread is serious or a massive wind up.

Why do you say that? xD

It's serious mate... Haven't you ever read Esquire Magazine or magazines of the sort?

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13 minutes ago, SirBalon said:

Why do you say that? xD

It's serious mate... Haven't you ever read Esquire Magazine or magazines of the sort?

Nope, I'm from the school of wearing what's comfy.

I get people that follow fashion but I didn't know there was anyone on here who took it quite this far xD.

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2 minutes ago, RandoEFC said:

Nope, I'm from the school of wearing what's comfy.

I get people that follow fashion but I didn't know there was anyone on here who took it quite this far xD.

Oh, I do.  I love it to be honest due to having worked with many people that either are involved or have been involved in the industry. Everything about it I love to be honest but it doesn't have to be high end.  The curious thing is that almost everyone (a minuscule percentage don't) follows it because they end up in the trend without knowing how it's occurred or why.

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58 minutes ago, Cannabis said:

@Stan is the ring type.

Dare I ask which ring you are alluding to?!? :o

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1 hour ago, Cannabis said:

@Stan is the ring type.

 

44 minutes ago, SirBalon said:

Dare I ask which ring you are alluding to?!? :o

i think you know

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2 minutes ago, Stan said:

 

i think you know

The story has to be made public or I will continue to play ignorance. :whistling:

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Hi Balon.

Just an update for you buddy, boot cut jeans are still considered twatful.

Any questions do not hesitate in sending me a PM.

King regards

Any.

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I saw some lad wearing a signet ring the other day. He looked a cock. It comes across as desperate. 

I take pride in my clothes, I like to look good and sometimes I'll even give up FULL comfort for something that looks good. That being said, some of the gear out there nowadays is poncey and shit. Like those ultra skinny jeans with a pair of sandals, or really really low cut muscle tops.  

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The Best Raw Denim Guide You'll Ever Read

It’s painful, it’s expensive, it requires serious perseverance and if you’re not careful, it might just become something of an addiction. No, not bondage. This is something far less raunchy, yet every bit as daunting to attempt as a beginner. Welcome to the world of raw denim.

Just like quantum physics, Bitcoin and CrossFit, raw denim is something that you’ve almost certainly heard of, but probably still struggle to fully comprehend. And it’s no wonder. It’s probably the most difficult thing in menswear to wrap your head around – aside from perhaps Kanye West’s enduring status as a style icon.

You see, regular jeans don’t come with an instruction manual, but then regular jeans are just regular jeans. And if you’re the sort of guy who’s into denim trends or always striving to add that extra something to his look, a pair of beautifully worn raw denim jeans could be exactly what you never knew you needed.

What Is Raw Denim?

When you head down to the high street to pick up a new pair of jeans, the ones you take off the hanger will have been through more cosmetic procedures than an ageing Hollywood A-lister. They’ll have been dyed, washed, distressed, shrunk, stretched and all the rest of it, whereas raw denim is subjected to none of this bar the dyeing process. It’s taken straight off the loom (the machine on which the fabric is spun), sewn into something leg- or jacket-shaped and sold to you.

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So why are you paying several times the price for something that has required less work? The answer is you’re not. Raw denim jeans are often made in small batches, by experienced hands, in high-cost labour countries like Japan and America. On top of that, they’re built to withstand a battering, using premium materials that far surpass the quality of their mass-market equivalents.

The other draws to raw are the fades and the fit. These jeans are stiff, dark and unforgiving at first, but over time they mould to the owner’s legs, loosen up and develop unique fade patterns in areas of wear (provided you don’t wash them too soon, but more on that later). These tend to include the backs of the knees (honeycombs), thighs (whiskers), the pockets where you keep your wallet/phone and where the denim stacks around the ankles.

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“Raw denim enthusiasts appreciate high contrast fading that is achieved by rarely washing their denim,” explains David Giusti, a self-professed denimhead from Blackhorse Lane Ateliers, one of the UK’s finest jeans manufacturers. “This is to keep as much indigo on the garment as possible in low-wear areas, while also trying to wear as much indigo off of the garment in high-wear areas, creating high contrast.”

Raw Denim & Selvedge Denim: What’s The Difference?

Newcomers to the world of denim are often left flummoxed by the two main buzzwords: raw and selvedge. So let’s clear that up once and for all.

Raw denim, as explained above, is denim that hasn’t undergone any sort of washing or distressing processes, leaving it stiff and full of deep blue indigo dye.

Selvedge denim refers to the closed edges on denim that has been spun on a machine known as a shuttle loom. This is usually present as a white strip, visible when the jeans are cuffed or pinrolled, that gives a clean, finished look and prevents the material from unravelling. It’s more expensive to produce and is usually seen as a hallmark of quality denim.

The confusion occurs because raw denim often has a selvedge and vice versa. Although this is not always the case.

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Sanforized Vs. Unsanforized

While raw denim in its truest form comes straight off the loom, a process called sanforization has become popular in recent years, which prevents the signature shrinkage that can make the process of buying raw jeans in the correct size almost as painful as wearing them for the first time.

“Sanforized denim goes through a process of being steamed and stretched that eliminates most of the shrinkage before the fabric is sewn into a pair of jeans,” explains Danny Hodgson, owner of London-based Rivet and Hide, a shop specialising in high-end denim. “Unsanforized is loom state: fresh off the loom and has not been through this process. Those of us of a certain age will know this as ‘shrink to fit’.”

Unsanforized denim will reduce in size by around 10 per cent so the jeans need a soak to eliminate the shrinkage before wear. This can be done by submerging them in a bathtub filled with lukewarm water for around 30 minutes. For extra crazy points, you can actually wear the jeans while sitting in the bath to ensure a perfect fit for your body type. Once that’s done, hang them outside in the sun by one of the belt loops to ensure they don’t lose their shape. But don’t forget to take them off first.

Picking the Right Size & Breaking In

All of these variables make picking out a pair of raw jeans that won’t leave you drowning in fabric or cut off your circulation notoriously tricky.

As a rule of thumb, if you’re opting for unsanforized then go up one size to accommodate shrinkage. For sanforized, the opposite is true. This type of denim will stretch a fair bit over the first few weeks of wear, mainly in the seat, waist and thighs, so if you like a snug fit you’ll want to take that into account.

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Now the fun part. Breaking in raw denim isn’t the most pleasant of experiences. Imagine carrying out your day-to-day activities with your legs encased in cardboard and you’ll be halfway there. It’s so grim that A.P.C. even offers ‘Butler’ jeans, which have been broken in by someone else, prior to you buying them.

But stick it out. It may be difficult to believe at first but the same jeans that are making it almost impossible to get up and down stairs today will be the most comfortable pair you’ve ever owned in your life by the same time next year. It will pay off. Have faith. Don’t squat.

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Blowouts: What Are They And How Can You Fix Them?

When you rock the same pair of jeans every single day and never give them a wash to soften them up, it’s inevitable that holes are going to crop up in areas of wear. The most common place for this to occur is at the crotch. Those in the know call this a ‘blowout’.

Blowouts occur when the excess fabric in the crotch of the jeans rubs against itself with each step. Over time, this forms a hole and if you’re new to raw denim, it can be pretty disheartening. But you can postpone it.

Although it’s not really an option early on if you’re on a quest for decent fades, Hodgson says that washing jeans occasionally will help to keep the denim soft, reducing the risk of a blowout. “And avoid riding a bike,” he adds. “That puts a lot of pressure on the crotch.” Blackhorse Lane’s Giusti concurs: “In the battle between a leather or plastic bike seat, and a pair of cotton jeans, the seat will always win.

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Veteran denim nerds are well used to blowouts and see them as just another part of the raw denim experience. Every hole is an opportunity for a repair, which means another way to make your jeans slightly different from every other pair out there. Wear it like a badge of honour.

“Once the crotch shows signs of fraying, long before a blowout, get them reinforced with traditional darning or a patch sewn on the inside,” adds Hodgson. “This will really extend the life of the jeans. Blowouts are just part of the ageing process and cotton does wear out eventually.”

The best thing is to embrace it.

The Great Washing Debate

If you’re ever in need of some light entertainment, approach a group of denim nerds, ask them how and when it’s best to wash a pair of raw jeans, then sit back and watch the ensuing argument. The hotly-contended subject of washing is probably the most famous thing about raw denim. But is it really true that you shouldn’t wash your jeans? Well, yes and no is the answer.

For the vast majority of denim enthusiasts, the whole idea of going raw is to achieve bold, high-contrast fades. This is made possible by the excess dye in the fabric rubbing off over time. If you rinse the good stuff out before you’ve had time to break the jeans in properly, those whiskers and honeycombs just aren’t going to happen. Period.

At the same time, never washing your jeans can actually weaken the denim. “All of the sweat, oils and dirt that build up on one’s jeans effectively act as sandpaper, wearing down the cotton,” explains Giusti. “We recommend washing one’s jeans as little as you need to, but if they smell bad, you probably need to give them a wash.”

However, if you want those coveted high-contrast fades, you should wear them for a minimum of six months before they go anywhere near a wash. This will allow time for creases to form and dye to fade, meaning that when you do finally clean them, they’ll have lost colour in all the right places.

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The Best Ways To Wash Raw Denim

So, when the time rolls around to de-funk your jeans, what are the best methods of denim care?

Freezer

Raw denim enthusiasts have a reputation for being a bit nutty. This stereotype is perpetuated by the fact that some of them like to store their legwear alongside their ice cream.

It may seem strange, but there is a logic behind it. During that initial six months to a year of continuous wear, jeans can develop a hum. Some think that putting them in the freezer will kill the odour-causing bacteria and keep them smelling fresh. But the actual science behind this is a little foggy.

Spot Cleaning

When you wear the same pair of jeans all the time, it’s inevitable that at some point they’re going to get sauce, a pint or some baby sick on them. The way to remedy this without a full wash is by spot cleaning.

Wet a cloth and dab the affected area, but don’t rub. You want to minimise how much of the dye you take off and scrubbing away like an angry maid is not going to help. Once dry, repeat again as needed.

Bathtub

When the time comes to finally wash your jeans, the bathtub method is the safest way to do it.

Fill the tub with lukewarm water, add a small amount of detergent (preferably a specialist product such as Woolite Black), then allow the jeans to soak for 30 minutes. Once you’ve done this, you can give them a gentle scrub to remove any dirt, then take them out and leave them to dry.

Washing Machine

For the most hardened of denim fanatics, putting a pair of jeans anywhere near a washing machines is an offence grave enough to see you stripped of your selvedge stripes. However, it can be done, as long as it’s handled carefully.

Using Woolite Black detergent and nothing else, place your jeans into a front-loading washing machine and use either the delicate or hand-wash setting. Make sure its cold too – you don’t want to risk any shrinkage.

Sea

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any more ridiculous. It may sound farfetched, but one method of washing favoured by some hardcore denimheads is to take your jeans for a dip in the sea.

The idea is to wear them, go for a paddle, come out, rub them with sand and then allow them to dry in the sun. Will it make your jeans look any better? Maybe. Are people likely to try and have you sectioned? Almost certainly.

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I want a pair of raw denim jeans but they are too expensive for me right now. All that considering I have two fine pairs of jeans.

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