Best-dressed in denim: The latest trends and looks

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Unless you’re a die-hard denim connoisseur, you probably take your worn-in jeans for granted; they’re simply easy-to-throw-on staples that get switched out depending on how tight the waist band feels on any given day.

But at the premium level of denim, where jeans can cost $120, $200, $300 and higher, denim is treated more like a blank canvas with fashion-forward possibilities.

And just what do the artists do? They wash the garments -- with water and Turkish pumice stones. They dry the jeans and dip them in resin. They pull the pants onto mannequins and ‘crease’ them. They sand them and wash them again. They dry them in ovens. The entire process can take hours.

Hundreds of hands might touch those pricey jeans before they come to market. So if you’re wondering if they’re worth it, maybe it depends on how much you value the artistic process.


Want more on denim? Click on the links below to read more about premium denim, fall trends and a few surprising developments in the jeans universe.

-- Melissa Magsaysay


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