Stages of breaking in a pair of raw denim jeans
Is the arduous process really worth it?
You have probably heard of raw denim now. If you have not, well it is time to come out from the rock you have been living under.
With the slow but steady rise of brands such as Nudie Jeans and April 77 here in Singapore, one might wonder what is with the hype about raw denim. What makes them so different from normal jeans?
In a nutshell, the main difference between raw and treated (normal) denim jeans is that normal denim has been pre-washed in the manufacturing process, which softens the jeans and prevents dye from fading off. Raw denim skips this step which allows you to “personalise” you jeans.
You know those ‘pre-distressed’ and ripped jeans you used to see everywhere? With raw denim, you create a pair of jeans that are uniquely yours, with fades and creases based on your body shape and how you wear them.
I got myself a new pair of raw denim jeans from H&M earlier this year. Here is my experience of breaking them in for your viewing pleasure.
Stage 1 – Tough and inflexible
Stage 2 – Signs of breaking in
My previous two months of torture seemed kind of worth it now as my jeans began to soften around the third month of wear. I could feel the denim adjusting to my legs and creases around the knees and pockets were forming.
In my opinion, the denim was the perfect mix between stiff and flexible, and it quickly became my go-to pair of jeans.
Stage 3 – First wash
Stage 4 – Eureka!
My pair of jeans certainly looked and felt different after the first wash. They were unmistakably softer and had transformed from a dark, indigo colour to a lighter shade of blue.
While some people prefer to skip the hassle and get a pair of normal jeans, I personally enjoy the process of breaking them in, as you really do reap what you sow.