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Wear the wax effect

It’s time to donate your tattered denims, as jeans become waxed and shiny this season

fashion and trends Updated: Nov 08, 2011 12:39 IST
Roma Arora
Priyanka Chopra

Preity-Zinta

They’re waterproof, shiny, leather look-alike and are a rage with the Hollywood and Bollywood A-listers alike. Wax-coated jeans are enjoying their spot under the sun and disco balls, at the moment. Worn by celebrities, such as singer Rihanna, and closer home, by actors Priyanka Chopra and Preity Zinta, among other fashionistas, these lacquer-finish jeans are a must-have for the winter.

Those who love the leather-effect, but are not game for wearing an animal hide, can wear these waxed jeans without the stuffy and sticky feel of a leather garment. Fashion stylist Nidhi Mathur says, “You will find many celebrities pulling off the trend with long tops and high heel boots. Also these jeans allow skin to breathe unlike super-fit leather pants.”

These jeans are painted, coated with beeswax, or are wax-glazed to create a shiny texture. The flip side of this is that the wax wears off and the shine fades away. Sanjeev Jain from GO Trade Ventures, the company that has brought brands such as Miss Sixty and US Polo Assn to India, says “Waxed jeans require delicate care.

The best way to wash waxed cotton/denim is to give it a cold rinse. Soap or dry cleaning will remove the wax. The wax will fade after time, but once that happens the jeans develop a soft semi shiny finish. The wax dressing can also be re-applied.”

Perfect the waxed look
1 Pair it right: Long top and waxed jeans look great. Since winters are here, you can club them with leather or suede boots or high heels to complete the look. Don’t over accessorise, the dress-down look goes well with waxed jeans.

2No bling: As waxed jeans are shiny themselves, they can be perfect for clubbing as well. Do not wear any loud jewels with them.

3DIY project: If you don’t want to spend a fortune, you can make waxed jeans at home. You can paint the jeans with a layer of acrylic paint. Since acrylic paint dries up quickly, it’s the easiest and fastest way to get the waxed look. Keep in mind to buy a jeans that’s a size or two larger than your usual jeans, because the acrylic paint can make the fabric dry up, creating a tighter fit.