My collection of black denim has definitely increased over the years. I used to shy away from it mainly because I hated how they faded and sometimes the quality felt a bit stiff. I remember some pairs I bought would fade to this gross hue of green. It was not cute. Thankfully denim has come a long way and so has black denim.
You can find black denim everywhere and in a variety of different washes & styles. As much as I love my distressed and faded black jeans there is nothing like a good pair in a solid saturated black. It's a great way to "dress up" or "formalize" an outfit. Black always adds an element of sophistication, class, and it's slimming. Who doesn't want that?!
The only issue with owning black denim is that they will fade. It's only natural. And as I said, denim has come a long way. The fabric quality has improved and the dyes are better so you no longer get that green hue upon fading. It's more of a grey that is still wearable but leaves you longing for your solid black pair to come back to life.
Here are a few tips to keep that black denim looking fresh to death:
- As with all jeans, keep the washing to a minimum. When you do wash your coveted black pair, turn them inside out.
- If you spill something on them, try to avoid white napkins or paper towels. Some of these products contain traces of bleach which can then transfer to your clothing. If you're out and have a spill grab the recycled napkins.
- You can avoid the initial fade by "setting" the color in a soak of cold water mixed with a cup of white vinegar and a teaspoon of salt.
- Always use cold water when washing them.
- Hang dry your jeans. Don't subject them to the hot heat from the dryer that will fade them and break down the denim fibers.
Do you have any other tips for saving your black denim? If so, please share.