What Are Distressed-Washed Jeans ?

The distressed-washed style dates back to 1970s Japan, when the Japanese recreated the look of jeans worn by American tradesmen. With wear and tear, their jeans started fading along the knee and inner thigh, and ripping in other places. This meant that over the years, the jeans developed their own unique character conforming to the movement of the individual’s body.

Recreating this worn look at the outset, in the factory, was a way of continuing this history while achieving a unique modern look. From there, the style caught on and found its way back to Hollywood and continues to live on to this day. So, when we talk about distressed jeans, we refer to the process of artificially recreating natural wear patterns and giving the jeans a worn look. Today, there’s an art to distressing jeans by patching, sanding, ripping and more. Do not let the worn old look fool you! This process requires the expertise of a master tailor

How Do Jeans Makers Distress Jeans?

There are many ways of distressing denim. At Spare Jeans, we manually sand your jeans with sandpaper along the tailor’s wear lines along the inner thigh and back of the knee. You could determine your wear lines by sitting down and noticing how and where your jeans crease and fold – this would be your wear pattern. Clothing professionals call these lines whiskers due to their resemblance to a cat’s whiskers.

Another common way of distressing jeans is by manually ripping them at the desired areas. If you do not want your skin to be exposed, you could add a patch under. Furthermore, you could even add one on top for style.

How Do Jeans Makers Wash Jeans?

Next is the washing process. Washing affects the colour of the denim, from dark to light blues. Methods include washing with bleach to create random patches. You can also acid wash jeans with chlorine and bleach (not recommended to do at home). The Japanese also developed a process call stone washing. As its name suggests, this involves washing the jeans with volcanic rocks (pumice stone). Luckily you don’t have to do this yourself. This gives the jeans the familiar washed look. This look has been popular with people all over the world since the 1970s. Jeans makers combined these two processes because together, they give the jeans a lighter color and add a worn look.

The good news is you don’t have to be Japanese nor in distress to own a pair of distressed Japanese jeans! If you are interested in this stylish look, just bring your new jeans to Spare Jeans. We will be happy to do everything for you! We look forward to creating your perfect pair of jeans soon.