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All about your denims

Proper care of clothing is key to keep them looking nice and lasting longer. Jeans are no exception. Nida Mahmood gives tips...

fashion and trends Updated: Dec 10, 2008 21:35 IST
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Over a period of time I notice that all my jeans — no matter how expensive —go out of shape and loose colour. How can one take care of denims?
— Arti Mishra

As you know, proper care of clothing is key to keep them looking nice and lasting longer. Jeans are no exception. Here are some tips:

Get dirty: After purchasing your jeans, wear them as long as you can. The longer you can go without laundering them the better it is to make them more comfortable. When using stretch jeans, wash them, at the most, once a week to keep the original snug fit.

Stay true to your blues: To protect the colour, always turn jeans inside out when washing. Never set the water higher than warm.

Give them some air: Putting jeans in the dryer will eventually reduce the elasticity in the fabric, so be sure to air-dry your denim. To shrink stretched denim back to size, set the dryers to ‘tumble’ dry for 40 minutes.

Hang out: Once dry, hang jeans instead of stuffing them into a drawer. Hanging them helps mimic their natural shape
when worn.

Are accessories like the sun glasses and hand bags of great importance? Tell me more about them?
—Samaira Kapoor

While clothes should be well thought out, accessories help finish the look. The right accessories can completely transform the feel of the outfit. In fact one can mix and match various kind of accessories on the same outfit to change the mood all together. You should never leave home without a pair of cool sunglasses and a nice bag. You have a wide variety of glares to choose from. Large frames are in vogue at the moment. Its time one went wild with the shapes — round, square, butterfly or aviator. One is spoilt for choice in terms of colour options as well.

It’s a great idea to coordinate the scarf with the colour of sunglasses, if you are wearing toned down garments, that is.
Shoes are also very important in the whole ensemble. One pays least attention to them but actually, if you go wrong with your shoes, the entire look is spoiled. If you are going to buy one pair of shoes, it’s a good idea to invest in a neutral colour. Such shoes look very expensive and make your legs look slim. Coordinating bags with shoes is the best bet.

Teaming the right accessories is very important in order to make sure you look well turned out. But before getting to accessories, you must make sure you choose clothes that emphasise your advantages and make your cons look like pros.

First Published: Dec 10, 2008 20:52 IST