How to Wash Your Jeans So They Stay the Way You Love Them

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To put it simply, there’s a lot of controversy over how often you should wash your jeans. On the one hand, some people swear by leaving their jeans alone and refraining from washing them. On the other hand, some say washing is OK but they prefer to do it as little as possible. Interesting. But what if they’re really, truly dirty? Is it possible that you’ve been doing it wrong all these years by tossing your denim in the washer and dryer a couple of times per week?

To get to the bottom of it, we talked to denim experts to find out the real deal when it comes to washing your jeans, plus the best ways to care for them if they really do need a good cleaning. Scroll through to read tips from Catherine Ryu, former creative director of Citizens of Humanity; Jamie Mazur, cofounder of vintage denim brand Re/Done; and Paige Adams-Geller, creative director and cofounder of Paige.

Additional reporting by Sarah Wasilak

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