Jeans are our best friend every day. If raw denim (dark blue) is the most elegant, the most trendy often remains the washed out one. Only, the washes are numerous, almost as much as the techniques which make it possible to produce them. Do you get lost in the denominations? Here are some answers to your questions.
Lhe washout of the jeans has, since its origins, been linked to gold diggers in the American West, seen as having more style than a new jeans tinged with indigo, more strict, more “boring”. Thus, from the moment the jeans became popular, after the Second World War, the companies that made them tried to reproduce this “worn” effect, so cool.
Among the many techniques to achieve this, many are criticized, especially those using a lot of water or products that are dangerous for the environment. Today, the most promising methods are laser or ozone laundering. They can produce these jeans so trendy that we can not do without today, let’s face it. Also, what are the main effects that one finds in the matter of washing?
Little vocabulary about denim washes
Bleached : washing produced by bleach, it gives a very pale color to the jeans that has undergone such treatment. The problem is that it may look a little yellow instead of a purer blue.
Snow : the bleach is used in places, leaving darker spots elsewhere, evoking the tie-dye bleaching, which is, currently, a rising trend of fashion, particularly in its multicolored version.
Used : used jeans that have undergone a very aggressive aging treatment. It has a “worn” appearance in some places and, sometimes, frayed holes too. Very fashionable a few years ago, it begins to decline a little in favor of washed jeans of falsely more “classic” forms.
Dirty : dirty jeans are used jeans that have been colored yellow or green, to give it a “dirty” look, even when it’s brand new. At the moment, we find it beautiful with a silky beige blouse like those we picked you last week.
Washed : the washed, is the oldest treatment of the jeans, which is to wash after its production with pumice so as to use it artificially. The jeans come out with a pale blue color fairly uniform. A timeless washout, in short.
Raw : raw jeans are the dark blue jeans so classy, which comes straight from the production lines, which has not undergone any treatment to age it. It is brand new and does not hide it. The disadvantage is that it can disgorge washing, so be careful to wash it with dark clothes.
Thus, we have seen that the jeans, from its long history, drew not only different cuts but also washes. If there is a hue that fashion celebrities recommend (like Ines de la Fressange in her book Parisian Chic : a Style Guide), this is raw denim classic. At the end of the day, it’s a safe bet, especially when trends are only worn sparingly, by choice, or because it’s often better for women at a certain age. The washed is also a good choice when you prefer not to take risks and invest in a long-lasting garment, for occasions a little more relaxed.