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Everything You Need to Know about Denim

WELCOME TO DENIM WEEK! If you are signed up for the newsletter then this is not a surprise to you. Sharks can have a whole week to themselves so why can’t denim🤪? I think every week I get a handful of questions in my DM’S asking what a good brand for denim is, how often should you buy new ones, where to buy, what types of denim to buy, and so many more that I can’t wait to cover with you. So this week IS ALL ABOUT DENIM.

We are going to be covering a lot this week, so buckle up and stay tuned for all the latest here. I need you to also hang with me because I geek about things like this, and I actually think there is a lot of good information to know about denim. Things like different types of dyes being applied to denim, the different fibers in denim and SO MUCH MORE.

Elly Brown in a denim jumpsuit from Good American.

fun fact; Did you know denim was originally made for workers in the 18th century? However, it wasn’t until 1914 that Levi’s introduced the first women’s denim garment called Freedom-Alls. It wasn’t until 1934 that Levi’s introduced the first women’s jeans that were specifically for women’s bodies.


Many things make up denim and fabric. Twill structure, warp yarn, sturdiness of the denim, and the fading of denim. Let’s break some down below; 

Twill structure– A pattern of distinct diagonal lines. For example, one weft yarn passes under three warp yarns to create a diagonal pattern of the fabric. There are several different types of twill patterns in denim. 

Sturdiness– durability, and tear-resistant due to how twisted the yarn is. 

Fading– or denim wash. Is it natural indigo, or is it synthetic? You have your original wash, dark, medium, and light wash. You have indigo, sulfur, sulfur top, sulfur bottom, and reactive shades of denim within those washes (we will get into different washes later this week). 

Elly Brown wearing a light wash high waisted pair of denim.

Other kinds of denim you may not know outside your basic cotton or stretch are;

Raw denim; a term that refers to unwashed or untreated denim that is rigid and durable. Many people love raw denim for a few reasons, it’s sustainable and uses less water in the process of making it. And after, whoever buys raw denim always has control of fading when it comes to washing and even creating patterns and creases to their body/lifestyle.

Selvage denim; refers to the natural edge produced on woven fabric during manufacture to prevent it from unraveling. Selvage edge is stronger and considered a premium slow-to-produce denim.

Sanforized/unsanforized denim; sanforized denim is stretched and shrunk to prevent any shrinkage. Unsanforized denim can shrink up to 10% after the first wash.

Elastane denim; is a blend between cotton and spandex for softer and stretchier denim.


denim care guide

Are you still with me? 🤣 The Last thing I wanted to share today is HOW to care for your denim. This is probably the biggest thing I want you to learn.

Buy pre-shrunk denim to help with shrinkage in the first wash.
Avoid washing denim in hot water, or drying it in a hot dryer. Wash it in cold water, inside out.
Wash every 4- 6wears.
Hang or lay flat to dry!

There is so much to come later this week here on the blog like, how to find the right denim for YOU, building your denim staples, where to shop for the best denim + ALLL the outfit inspiration!

I am so excited to finally start this week off with denim basics and see what you think. Be sure to stop by on Instagram or drop a comment below to let me know or if you have any questions.

Thank you so much for stopping by! See you back here later this week for more on Denim.




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