Although breaking in a pair of raw denim requires a ton of commitment, we have a few tricks up our sleeves to make it easier. There are a lot of different approaches that denim aficionados swear by as the best method. So many, that it’s very easy to get confused on what exactly to do for that desired worn-in look.

Here’s how to break in your new jeans.

how to break in new jeans


This is probably the most popular and immediately effective way to quickly break-in a pair of raw denim. The constant motion of the legs is a surefire way for crazy honeycombs, and the constant sitting position will open up the seat. However, proceed with caution―especially if your pair of raws are super skinny or have a lower rise.


By doing some quick deep lunges around your apartment/backyard/bedroom (but please, not in public), the knees tend to open up, along with the seat and crotch of the jeans. Being a fresh pair, don’t worry about tearing the jeans―unless the pair is already super-tight. In that case, you may want to proceed carefully with all forms of break-in.


It’s true that not everyone will want to immediately soak their jeans after bringing them home. But for those who are willing to sacrifice some immediate fades, soaking is a great way to expedite break-in. After giving them an initial cold soak, let them air dry to a slightly damp level. At that close-but-not-completely-dry stage, put the jeans on and go about your day. Not only will the wet fibers stretch more easily, but the pair will also conform to your body.


Try the simplest and least stressful option: live your life. Sometimes just forgetting about what steps to take and just wearing them is the best way to go. Get on your knees while fixing your bike (or finding that remote under the couch). Take the stairs at work. Don’t be afraid to sit on the ground and get your jeans a little dirty. Raw denim is supposed to show the marks you leave on it—how can that happen if you’re glued to a chair every day?


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