Jeans are a staple in almost every closet. Their ability to be dressed up or down and their versatility to go from work pants to pants for a night out make them a must-have. However, you may be wondering how long jeans typically last so you can be sure you are getting your money's worth out of them. If so, you've come to the right place. We've researched different styles and types of jeans and how long they typically last and have an answer for you.
Jeans can last over ten years. So, typically, with everyday wear and tear, they can last upwards of a decade. However, there are several factors that determine how long jeans will last. The style, care routine, how often they are worn, and what activities they are worn for all play a part in the longevity of jeans.
Jeans that are thicker and heavier will be less susceptible to wear and tear, but jeans that are thin or made to be stretchy might lose their shape or become worn.
So, now you know that jeans are built to last. You'll likely get a good life from them despite the activities you might put them through. However, we've given you some factors that might affect the lifespan of jeans. Keep reading as we elaborate on these and answer some other questions you might have about owning and maintaining jeans!
The Lifespan of Jeans
Jeans have a long life, but getting the maximum lifespan out of jeans can depend on a few things. The brand of jeans you buy, the style of jeans, and the kinds of activities you might wear them for are all factors. However, the biggest factor of all may be how you care for your jeans.
Style/Brand of Jeans
If you research the best brand of jeans, you'll find it difficult to find a list that doesn't list either Levi's or Wranglers as number one. Levi's were designed to be durable, and they state that your Levi jeans can last a lifetime with the right care. Levi jeans were created for the working man in mind, and Wrangler jeans were created with cowboys in mind, so it was understood they might be used in some of the toughest, dirtiest environments.
However, jeans quickly became popular to wear for almost any occasion. Thus, more and more brands and styles of jeans became available, and like with most things, not all brands are created equal.
Materials of Jeans
Jeans can come in both lightweight and heavyweight denim. Jeans that are made from heavyweight denim will be more durable and last longer. Some jeans are made with denim and elastane, or spandex, which gives some jeans their stretchiness.
Denim combined with other materials such as elastane can become worn or warped and may not last as long as regular denim jeans. Care instructions may differ for stretch jeans, so make sure to double-check the label before throwing them in the laundry.
Obviously, if your jeans are being worn daily for work versus being worn occasionally for a day out, they are likely to see wear and tear more quickly. If you do plan on wearing your jeans for work, make sure to invest in a pair made from heavyweight denim that can withstand the tasks you'll put them through. However, even with a lot of use, jeans can last a very long time if taken care of correctly.
Caring For Your Jeans
Last but certainly not least— in fact, maybe the most important factor of all— is how you care for your jeans. Even if your jeans experience heavy usage, the key to making them last is to wash them less.
How Many Times Can You Wear Jeans Before Washing Them?
The jury is unanimous when it comes to agreeing that jeans should not be washed after every use. In fact, the CEO of Levi Strauss & Co. suggests washing them after every ten wears, if not more.
Then when you do need to clean your jeans, there are some tips you can try before throwing them in the wash. Jeans can be easily spot cleaned! If you spill something or get dirt on your jeans, grab a sponge, water, and mild soap before turning to the washing machine.
Turn Your Jeans Inside Out
Once they have finally reached the point where they need a more thorough cleaning, you can put them in the laundry. However, try turning them inside out, using only the recommended amount of detergent, and washing them at a cool temperature.
Avoid The Dryer
After removing them from the washer, try to avoid placing them in the dryer. The dryer can also decrease the lifespan of your jeans. Using the dryer can cause the color of your jeans to fade. Also, if your jeans do have any spandex incorporated, the heat can cause them to lose their shape. Instead, turn the jeans inside out and hang them to dry. Turning them inside out will allow the pockets to dry effectively.
If you have to use the dryer, use little to no heat and add some dryer balls. They will help keep your jeans moving.
How Often Should You Replace Jeans?
There isn't a set time frame for how often you should replace your jeans. Instead, there are some signs to look out for that might indicate a new pair of jeans is needed. If your jeans don't fit comfortably anymore, have stubborn stains that you can't get off, or are worn down beyond repair, it's time for a new pair. However, if your jeans only have a small tear, you could try patching them to make them last even longer.
Is It Okay To Wear The Same Jeans Every Day?
Whether it's because the jeans are comfortable or you need them for work, wearing the same jeans every day is perfectly fine to do. In fact, when you get a new pair of jeans, you should wear them often to break them in.
If you're worried someone might notice you wearing the same jeans every day, then maybe opt for another pair once in a while. However, if you're concerned about wearing the same jeans every day for health reasons, don't be! Menshealth wrote an article about the health risks associated with wearing jeans if you don't wash them after every use, and fortunately, they are minimal! Just be sure to clean them when needed.
How Many Jeans Should You Own?
There is no set standard for how many pairs of jeans you should own. A quick Google search will reveal many forums and articles with a suggested amount ranging from three to five pairs. However, how many you own is completely up to you and whether you want various styles and looks.
What Is The Average Price Of Jeans?
The average price of jeans in the US, according to Statista.com, is $165. However, that doesn't mean everyone is actually spending that much on jeans. The price of jeans will vary based on brand. For example, Levi's are more expensive than Wrangler's and have some styles that sell for well over $200. Whereas, Wrangler's average around $25 to 50 a pair.
Hopefully, our article has shed some light on how long jeans can typically last. Remember, if taken care of, a pair of jeans can last over ten years. Prolong your jeans life by only washing them after ten wears if you can. Ten wears for ten years!
Once you've chosen a pair of jeans, you might be wondering what belt to pair with them. If so, check out our other article on the topic here: What Belt Should You Wear With Jeans? and if you're wondering how many belts you need, take a look at this one: How Many Belts Do You Need?