Have you noticed frayed fabric at the bottom of your jeans? There’s a big difference between distressed and damaged denim. If the bottom of your jeans have frayed to the point where the denim is unraveling, it’s damaged. And unfortunately, the problem will likely become worse unless you remove the damaged fabric. So, how do you prevent your jeans from fraying at the bottom in the first place?
Choose the Right Size
I know this probably sounds like common sense, but it’s still worth mentioning that you should choose the right size when buying a new pair of jeans. If they are too long, even by just a size or two, they’ll have excess fabric on the bottom that could drag on the ground and cause cause subsequent fraying. Wearing the right size, however, prevents this from happening, ensuring there’s no excess fabric dragging on the ground.
Quality Over Quantity
Ever heard the saying “quality over quantity?” Well, that’s a good mantra to follow when buying new jeans. Low-quality jeans may cost less, but they are also more likely to fray at the bottom. This is because low-quality denim is lighter and more susceptible to damage. If you want your jeans to last, choose a single pair of high-quality jeans instead of several low-quality jeans.
Wash Less Frequently
No, that’s not a typo. You can prolong the life of your jeans and protect them from damage — including frayed fabric at the bottom — by washing them less frequently. Several denim experts even recommend “rarely” washing your jeans, as each time you wash them the fabric degrades just a little more. Instead of washing your jeans after each wear, try washing them only when they are dirty. This should make a world of difference in their longevity, allowing you to get more bang for your buck.
Check Your Shoes
Your choice of shoes or footwear will also play a role in whether or not your jeans fray at the bottom. If you wear sandals or flip-flops, for instance, there’s a greater chance of this happening simply because the fabric is allowed to drag on the ground. On the other hand, wearing boots will keep the denim fabric off the ground. So, if you experience problems with your jeans fraying at the bottom, consider wearing boots. Granted, this isn’t always an option, but it’s still something you should be aware of if you frequently experience this problem.