Coated Denim Jeans – A Fun Look for Holiday Season
Whatever your plans are for the 2020 winter holidays, they are bound to be different from the traditional celebrations. And that may have you rethinking your holiday outfit. Coated denim jeans are a fun and festive option for dressing up casual and can be the perfect solution to low key and smaller holiday celebrating.
I’m featuring two coated denim jeans looks in this post. This look is perfect year-round. Coated denim jeans communicate casual and special at the same time and work for lots of occasions, from a work day look to a night on the town. And they always get noticed. Don’t let that attention-getting characteristic scare you away from this fun look. I can pretty much guarantee that a pair of coated denim jeans will make you feel like a million dollars.
People often mistake coated denim as leather, and the fabric does have a leather-like look. But coated denim doesn’t come anywhere near the price tag of leather and it’s washable (but special care is needed – see below).
Here are two very different coated denim jeans and a few ways to style them. (Also, check out more casual coated denim jeans looks in this post.)
Moto Skinny Coated Denim Jeans
This pair introduces a little embellishment with the edgy gold side zippers. They are a recent purchase from the White House Black Market sale (they are pictured and also linked in the widget below). They’re only $39.99! They are super comfy with a lot of stretch (skinny style).
I’ve styled this pair with two different types of tops: a simple, long sleeve black t-shirt and my favorite black Banana Republic Dillon Classic Fit shirt (I love it so much I have three and recently wrote a whole post about it!)
WHBM calls this deep olive green color Fatigue. It’s an interesting twist on the classic black coated denim jeans. A black top is an easy pairing with this color, but there are other colors that would work: pink (yes!), yellow/gold, prints (leopard, stripes, florals) are a few different looks you could create.
Classic Black Coated Denim Jeans
This pair of coated denim jeans below are by Ralph Lauren – purchased a few years ago from an outlet store (I do love not paying full price!). After buying them, I let them hang in my closet for over a year before being brave enough to wear them in my everyday life. I thought I needed some special event to justify them. But: No! You can wear coated denim jeans for any occasion.
*Note: Sonoma County locals can find the sweater at one of my favorite boutiques in Petaluma: Ethical Clothing.
I’m showing this pair with two different boot styles: a classic Chelsea style in the first row and a western-inspired pointy toe boot with a little heel in the second row. The pointed toe and slight heel lift give a little bit of a slimmer silhouette, as well as a slightly dressier look. A heeled pump would also be a beautiful shoe option.
On Location – Hotel Petaluma
The outdoor photos with the festive Christmas tree were shot in the courtyard of the recently renovated boutique Hotel Petaluma. The hotel is currently closed due to COVID-19, but locals and visitors look forward to its reopening. It’s a very cozy and fun place to gather at holiday time with beautiful decorations and a warm fireplace next to which you can have a cocktail and play board games.
How to Care for Coated Denim Jeans
(Credit for these care instructions to The Jeans Blog, thejeansblog.com)
I’ve received lots of questions in the past about how to wash your coated jeans, you know the ones which are waxed with a leatherette appearance? These jeans are gorgeous and they are a great way to get the leather look while being animal friendly and not blowing your budget, however, they can be quite tricky to clean. As a true denim addict and enthusiast myself, I rarely wash my jeans at all as I don’t feel like they get dirty. I rotate my numerous pairs all the time, but if I have a favourite pair of jeans that I’m wearing constantly and I feel like they are dirty, only then will I wash them inside out on cold, but as many jean enthusiasts would agree, washing your denim usually ruins it and causes the detailed wash and colour to fade out, the fit to end up slacking and more, so we generally, as a rule, don’t do it.
Understanding that this is not practical for plenty of you out there who love to wash your jeans and wear them freshly laundered, when it comes to coated denim, it’s more tricky than throwing them in the washing machine. If you do this, the coating will come off and you will be left with a pretty much plain pair of jeans or a pair that’s patchy with wax. I had someone mention to me that they took their jeans to the dry cleaners as the care label states, but when they got them back, the jeans were minus the coating as well. So, I’ve put together a list of tips which can help you when washing your coated and waxed denim. Just keep in mind that heat is the number one enemy to coated jeans, you don’t want to melt the wax off.
Freeze Your Coated Jeans
You may think this is a crazy idea. Freeze your jeans? But it works. The cold temperatures keep bacteria at bay and it eliminates odours too, so it’s a great option to keeping them clean by killing off the germs. I read online that someone put their jeans in the freezer for a week and they didn’t use a zip lock bag, in the end they came out smelling like freezer and were disgusting, so you definitely don’t want to go to those extremes.
First you start by spot cleaning stains with a little cold water to remove them if they are dirty, and then let them dry completely. You don’t want to put them in the freezer wet as the water will freeze into ice on your jeans. To avoid wrinkles and creases, fold your jeans lengthwise twice and then smooth them out, then place them into a zip lock bag and close tightly, without any air in the bag. Put them like this into the freezer for 24 hours and once you take them out, they should be good to wear again! This is a simple and easy way to remove bacteria and the zip lock bag will keep any odours from the freezer from penetrating your denim.
Hand Wash In Cold Water
Hand washing delicately in cold water is another good option for your jeans, just make sure that you turn them inside out so that you protect the coating from rubbing off due to friction of movement. Use a very gentle washing powder for this and I wouldn’t use a huge amount either, just focus your attention on the parts that can get dirty the most like the seat area and crotch. Do be careful with how vigorously you wash them though, you have to be gentle or the coating can come off in parts, but this can also give them a worn in feel which is great. Just make sure the water isn’t hot so it doesn’t melt the wax.
Dry Cleaning Your Jeans
The labels usually do state that you should dry clean your coated jeans, however you need to make sure that you do this right. You need to go to a dry cleaners that specialises in difficult fabrics and knows what they are doing. You also need to make sure that they use environmentally friendly dry cleaning techniques, which uses low heat and not a high heat. If the dry cleaner uses a high heat then the wax will melt off your jeans and you will come back with a pair of plain jeans, which isn’t what anyone wants. So please do make sure that you do your research thoroughly in choosing your dry cleaner and you make sure they understand fully that they are not allowed to use a high heat on your jeans. It’s extremely important.
Spot Clean As You Go
If you are more of a denim enthusiast and you don’t like to wash your jeans, like me, then I recommend spot cleaning them as you go. If you get a stain on them or some dirt, just gently wipe it off with some cool water and you are good to go. If you are concerned about bacteria build up though and you don’t want to use the freezer just yet, the only place that generally gets dirty on your jeans is the seat and crotch area, so you can turn your jeans inside out and you can clean that area with some baby wipes gently until you feel like it’s clean enough. This is what I have done in the past with raw denim, so it does work quite well.
– So these are some of my tips on how to wash your coated and waxed jeans. Just remember the number one rule is to not use heat on them, I can’t stress this enough as I’m sure you understand it’s the same as a candle. Candles melt when they are hot, the same thing happens to your jeans as the coating is usually wax. Don’t melt it, keep it cool. Secondly, don’t be abrasive and rub the coating too hard, like a wax crayon drawing that you used to draw as a kid, if you rub those or scratch them, the wax can chip off, the same thing happens to the coating on jeans, so do treat them with care! Good luck with your washing!
Coated Denim Jeans to Browse
The coated denim styles below cover a range of price points. The first pair pictured are the White House Black Market pair with side zippers that I’m wearing in this post – on sale! They run slightly roomy and have quite a bit of stretch. If you decide to purchase, I’d order two sizes and return the one that doesn’t work.
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