How To Stop Your Jeans From Fading

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If your jeans are intentionally faded, fabulous! But most of the time, we buy a great pair of jeans and it’s not long until our lovely denim duds fade, leaving us feeling a little ripped off. Today’s article will teach you all the ways you can stop your jeans from fading before their use-by date so you can spend your hard earned money on your next great investment piece!

Since denim companies have started to change the colour of the classic denim jean as well as put a higher amount of elastane in them, you may have noticed they don’t last through the wear and tear they used to! They’re not like a classic, tough Levi 511 from the gold mining days, they’ve now got a shorter lifespan so we buy more of them season after season.

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As per usual, us Effortless Bitches aren’t fooled! We know jeans should last more than a year or two, even with the rubbing of our own wonderful curvy thighs kissing each other. We’re not buying another pair of jeans until the ones we’ve got are truly dead! And to stop that from happening sooner rather than later, I’ve been making lists again!

Below you’ll see the tips that I use when washing my jeans along with anything black or navy. Following these steps also helps to prevent colour run off onto skin, incase theres any of you whose ever taken off your jeans to discover they’ve morphed into smurf legs! Not chic.

How To Stop Your Jeans From Fading

  • Turn them inside out when you wash them and wash them with like colours.
  • Use a dark fabric detergent like Radiant or Woolite to wash any dark clothing.
  • Only use cold water, this is a must!
  • Add a teaspoon of salt (this seems a little strange but it really does help!) to help lock in the dye!
  • Put your jeans on a soft cycle wash or hand wash your jeans. Rough treatment around machine will contribute to fibres releasing the dye and can contribute to fade marks.
  • Dry your jeans in the shade.

If, on the other hand, you would like to fade your jeans without stretching them. You can read this post here about how to lighten your jeans.


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Alarna Hope is a Fashion Stylist and Writer based in Sydney, she's considered an expert in her field as a Personal Stylist and is also quite good at writing about herself in the third person. She cries during movie makeover scenes, has a jar of Nutella under her bed for safety, and can tell you the synopsis of every Kath & Kim episode ever. She currently resides in Sydney with her Oscar worthy cat, Meryl Streep.

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