The anatomy of aged jeans & replicating fading

The anatomy of aged jeans & replicating fading

Posted by Maurice Malone on 22nd Apr 2017

A - Whiskers

Whiskers, also called Mustaches, Hige, Crease Lines, etc., they form naturally on raw denim jeans when lines from repeated stretching and motion form at the front hip area...

B - Whisker Texture

Valleys or dark areas form next to the whiskers. This happens in areas where the denim stretched and pulled from movement...

C - Thigh Fading

Fading on the thighs happens from abrasion in this area. When sitting, we rest our arms and hands on our thighs, rubbing off color...

D - Knee Fading

The knees are one of the most stressed areas on jeans. If you do a lot of bending and work on your knees, this area will fade significantly...

E - Knee Stretch Marks

Along with fading, stretching will also occur at the knee and are easily noticed on naturally aged raw denim jeans...

F - Seat Fading

Fading at the seat happens every time someone sits down in their jeans...

G - Waistband Fading

Fading on the Waistband is most often cause by friction from wearing a belt. Random exposure of the seam line inside the waist band becomes evident...

H - Hem Fading

Fading at the hem develops rope like twisting and takes place naturally with age and wear on raw denim jeans that have a chain stitched bottom opening...

I - Chevrons

Chevrons are the lines which develop above the inseam on the inner thighs of jeans. As raw jeans fade with age they become more prominent...

J - Rear Knee Honey Combs

One of raw denim fans’ most coveted fades, the rear knee honey combs are the result of months and even years of natural aging...

K - Fly Abrasion

The fly abrasion is an extension of the whiskers and follows the same rules. The high points receive the most abrasion and the lower areas remain darker...

L - Seat Seam Abrasion

The seams at the seat along with the back pockets take a lot of abuse. As jeans naturally age, the seams at the seat start to deteriorate at the high points and edges...

M - Back Pocket / Wallet Fades

If you regularly carry something in your back pocket like people do with their wallets or phones, you’ll develop an area of abrasion that is raised above the rest of the pocket...

N - Outseam Lines / Train Tracks

Lines develop on the outseam of jeans that are sewn with pressed open selvedge edges or overlock seams. Jeans sewn with a serger at the outseam will not create these lines...

O - Cuff Lines / Roll Creases

The cuff lines will develop differently depending on how you wear the jeans. If you roll them, you will get a line or fading on the underside...

P - Inseam Abrasion

The inseam is a high point on the jean so it tends to wear from abrasion. High points around the cuff will show the most wear and are generally a little whiter and brighter than other parts of the jean...

Q - Belt Loop Fading

Like other raised areas, the belt loops end up taking a lot of wear from abrasion. They end up brighter than other points on the jean...

The fly abrasion is an extension of the whiskers and follows the same rules. The high points receive the most abrasion and the lower areas remain darker...

R - Front Pocket Whiskers & Crease Lines

The wear seen here forms similarly to the whiskers around the thigh. The denim stretches from sitting and walking and the peaks and valleys naturally form lighter and darker areas...

S - Hip Whiskers

Whiskers develop in this area just like they do on the thigh. Generally, they are an extension of the thigh whiskers which fadeout just over the seam...

T - Crotch Fading / Blowout

The crotch takes some of the most wear on a pair of jeans. Complete crotch blowout that lead up to holes in crotch depend on body shape, how high or low jeans are worn and thickness of fabric (lighter weight denim may blowout faster than heavy)...

U - Seat Lines / Rear Crotch Whiskers

Subtle whiskers sometimes develop in this area just like they do on the thigh, extending out from the center point stress area of the crotch...

V - Crotch Seam Damage

This area takes a lot of abuse from rubbing around the legs during normal wear. Since the seams are raised, the abrasion is even further enhanced...