Know your Denim – DENIM WEIGHT DOES MATTER
Why Denim Weight is so Important? – You may have noticed that some brands list different weights for different jeans and materials. You would also notice on our website we have referred to the weight for all our fabrics. So what is it and why is it so important? At Tailored Jeans we emphasis on weight of jeans along with quality, while making custom jeans for men we recommend mid to heavy weight, and for custom jeans for women we esteem on mid to mid light weight denim, why? just continue reading this post
The whole idea of categorising a jean by weight comes from the weight of fabric in a square yard, it weighs in ounces, which relates directly to the density of yarn woven in and the weight of said yarn. This weight refers to how much a yard of fabric weighs. For the sake of simplicity, we’ll break the weights into three main categories:
- Light – weight – under 11 Oz
- Mid – weight – from 11 Oz. – 14 Oz
- Heavy – weight – anything above 16 Oz
LIGHT WEIGHT DENIM – A DENIM WHICH WEIGHTS LESS THAN 11 OZ.
Light weight denim is the easiest to wear category, smooth and low intensity. It is suitable with warm temperature, summer and monsoon and is very comfortable. Lightweight denim is particularly easy to break in as it won’t require anywhere near as much wearing time as a heavier fabric to attain a pleasant level of comfort. also denim are made from organic cotton so light weight denim with more cotton content tends to have low life span,
The only drawback is that the fades achieved with this level of denim won’t look quite as spectacular as a heavier weight of denim. Also their life would be lesser as compared to heavy denim.
but who cares, its all about denim’s attributes more its got damaged more it looks sexy isn’t it?
MID-WEIGHT – BETWEEN 11 OZ. – 14 OZ.
This is probably the most common of the denims in the market today, checkout your current best pair, it would be of same range. The positives include the potential for a much better fade, smoothness, long lasting, and good for winter, as well as summer if its 11-12Oz., You will, however, take a longer break in time, and will have a little bit of lost flexibility upfront. Standard 100% Cotton denim jeans in market are often 12 oz. they are also a great gateway for the raw denim unless you are not interested in the all break in process.
HEAVYWEIGHT – ABOVE 14 OZ
Finally the heavy weight jeans, the over 14.5 Oz. jeans, which is rare in the market. They’re going to take time and effort and honestly won’t feel great at first. You’d have to be slightly self-loathing, and this lazy piece of fabric want to stick your legs into a jean that can stand up on their own, but if you keep at it long enough you’ll be left with a very impressive reward. These pair of jeans can last for you a lifetime, as they’re incredibly well built and hefty, but you’ll take up a bit of that lifetime to break in enough to enjoy.\
So lesser the weight, the lighter and softer the fabric will be. Traditionally, 11.5 to 14 oz. is most popular for denim jeans. Lightweights are more comfortable to wear, but it is actually heavier denim that results in sharper and more spectacular fades. The weight does matter. The heavier the denim, the less likely it is to rip, tear or bend. Also, the longer it is going to take to effect according to your body, like the natural whiskers, pattern and damages, distress and really break-in. So, the choice of denim weight is a personal decision
Most people want a jean that strikes a balance. Too lightweight and the fabric will tear too easily–too heavy, and the fabric will be as stiff as a board. Most preferred is between 12-14oz
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