The first impression anyone who reads the advice given out by Chip Bergh – and others before him – not to wash your jeans seems like an ideal statement to make anyone grimace in disgust. The idea of wearing the same pair of jeans, without them having seen a washing machine, goes against our ideas of hygiene and cleanliness in too many ways. And yet…
The first thing you have to look at is what you use your jeans for. Most people wear them in their leisure hours, for gardening or similar. Many as a fashion item: well-fitting they hug our figure and make a good impression for those who like to present themselves, for those who like to look. We take care of our jeans, mainly because most of us cannot afford another pair quite so often as someone like Bergh but also because it will have taken us a long time, and many changes in shops and stores, to find a pair that really fits, that is comfortable, where we feel and look good.
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Even so, our jeans attract dirt and grime. You cannot get away from the filth around us, from our own bodily secretions. We all sweat and, after a while, especially in the summer months, this makes our clothes uncomfortable, sticky. After a while the dirt begins to show up, the color changes from a stone-washed blue through to a deeper gray, patchy and unsightly. And stone-washed jeans? Were they washed or just stoned? How much vodka do we need to keep a pair of jeans clean, and what do they smell like after a few ‘washes’? Freezing the, fine, but that doesn’t remove the collected dirt, even if the bacteria is, perhaps, killed off. I’d rather have food in my freezer, and I certainly can’t afford a second one just for jeans!
Often I wash my jeans and then slip them on still wet, working the fit to my figure as they dry. There are some women who, wearing a newly washed pair of jeans still wet, can quickly run up a flight of stairs and become sexually stimulated, right through to an orgasm.
I guess it depends on the person as much as upon what the jeans have been used for, where you have been, what you’ve been doing. And they fade when washed. So what? The fading, if the jeans are good, if the colors have been properly added whilst the jeans were being made and then washed, should be minimal. I’m going to continue washing my jeans regularly, going to keep that fresh smell, that clean feel which, I think, is better than running the risk of a police officer stopping me somewhere late at night, sniffing their air, and asking how much I’ve drunk before getting behind the wheel of a car.
Love & Kisses, Viki.