Fine. I admit it. I totally washed my raw denim. I think it was a mixture of not really knowing that I wasn’t supposed to and just not giving a fuck. Admittedly, I didn’t understand the relationship between not washing and unique wear-in patterns back then. I misunderstood and thought that washing raw denim broke-down the fabric in its entirety too quickly. I didn’t realize that it actually impeded the creation of one-of-a-kind fading—the whole point of wearing raw denim in the first place. Nevertheless, in the interest of full disclosure, even if I had had a better grasp on the mechanics, I still wouldn’t have gone the recommended six-month minimum without washing my jeans.
I think I can speak for most women when I say: we want to smell good. Wearing the same pair of jeans every day and not washing them is a great way to ensure body odor is indelibly tethered to your being. I think this dilemma is one of two major reasons why few women have embraced the raw denim movement (and yes, I do think it’s a movement). The second reason raw has not exploded among ladies is related to fit, cut, and lack of stretch, and I’ll delve into that hurdle in a later post. In the meantime, I am determined to find a real solution to the war that is proper jean wear-in vs. stinking.
After all, raw denim is absolutely not about pushing the envelop of societal norms with regard to acceptable smells. It is, on the other hand, entirely about committing to a killer pair of jeans that fade exclusive to you, and make you feel sexy (sans BO). As a dude, it’s kind of manly and even a little sexy to have a little raw odor in your raw denim. It separates the boys from the men. It is also, however, what separates the men from the women.
Women kind of have to wash their jeans…I mean, c’mon! We typically like to wear a tight fitting style to flatter our tushes, which means that our denim spends all day all up in our coochies’ grills. So…if, like me, you prefer that your jeans not smell like body odor and/or pussy (pardon my French but someone’s gotta just say it straight!)…We must find a way to truly eliminate ‘natural smells’ without compromising the denim and the process.
Of course there are all kinds of existing tricks out there to remove crotch odor without actually washing your jeans. Personally speaking, I’ve found them wanting, which is why I end up washing my raw denim. Luckily, my birthday is just around the corner, and in celebration, I am giving everyone a special gift—I am finding a solution to obstacle numero uno in the battle that is women vs. unwashed denim.
I have committed (since I did not the first time around) to buy a new pair of raw jeans and not wash them for the requisite six-month period. The one trick that I’ve already discovered, and am sticking to from my first round of raw purchasing is buying two pair at once. Trust me. This is step one, and is extremely helpful. I understand that this technique is cost-prohibitive, and I do apologize, but I also believe that, in the long run, you might save money or at least come out even by investing upfront to ensure proper garment care. So…I am actually committing to buying two new pair of raw denim. I plan to test two different brands. I consider it research for my store, and its future customers. After all, Marbles New York is about nothing if not offering the best of the best merchandise. I do the research so you don’t have to waste your time filtering through an excess of mediocre product. Everything available to purchase has been personally tested by Marbles herself, and has passed her rigorous approval process. If an item isn’t good enough for Marbles’ personal closet, it isn’t good enough for yours either. But let’s not get side-tracked here (typical Marbie), and let’s get back to solving the raw denim crisis.
While I’m tackling this stinking problem (I made a pun!) I will also be testing for fit and style. I will be alternating between the chosen two, and documenting my progress and learnings. Of course, it is summer people so please be kind and patient with me. This science project is my priority, as are you, but I still want to get a bit of a leg tan if at all possible. Summer is my best time of year! So…without further ado…here are the details of my present to you:
I will not wash the new jeans for the requisite six month period, during which time I will personally test techniques to remove odor and stains since I promise you I will not wear them if they have even the slightest aroma.
I will report back on my ‘pussy progress’, and my methods for keeping them non-laundry fresh. I was going to call this ‘stinkiness progress,’ because that’s what I’m actually doing, but I love the way ‘pussy progress’ sounds, and I like that it makes this endeavor female-centric.
I will track my fades and wear meticulously through regularly shot imagery.
At the end of the experiment, which will theoretically take at least a full year since I’m alternating between two pair and realistically won’t wear them every day this summer:
I will compare the new pairs to one another.
I will compare the new ones to my old ones (approx. two-years-old) that have been washed.
I will provide an exceptional and detailed plan to properly care for your denim, from a female and perfectionist’s perspective, suds free and, more importantly, carefree.
From one woman to all women out there who love denim and hate smelling as much as I do, happy birthday to me, and let the games begin!
All imagess courtesy of the internet & my personal archive