If you’ve ever worn a pair of stiff, hard, unpliable jeans, you know how uncomfortable they can be. Conversely, sliding into a pair of well-worn denim jeans just may be the best feeling in the world. Enter soft denim, the latest big thing in the denim world. Here’s a closer look at the emergence of this up-and-coming jeans trend. 

You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

When we think of jeans today, we think of comfort, style, and fashion. It wasn’t always that way, though. Made from durable denim or dungaree cloth, jeans were originally made and worn as functional items back in the late 1800s in the United States. When someone wanted a pair of sturdy pants that could hold up to the demands of a hard day’s work in the field or factory, they turned to denim. Original jeans even had a different name: They were called “waist overalls.”

Early jeans were also only available in two styles: brown cotton “duck” and indigo blue, because the darker color was best for hiding dirt. Words like “soft” and “comfortable” weren’t what people were looking for when they shopped for jeans. 

From Sturdy to Soft

Jeans have evolved in several ways over the years. For starters, it took a while before people outside the U.S. wore them. It wasn’t until American soldiers started wearing them when they were off-duty during World War II that other countries discovered them. Somewhere along the way, jeans also earned a reputation for being rebellious, which found them banned from certain places like schools and restaurants in the 1950s. All in all, it took more than a hundred years for jeans to become the iconic fashion pieces they are today.

soft denim jeansCertainly, jeans have changed in terms of their styles and cuts through the years. But the materials used to make jeans have also changed. For example, the integration of elastane into denim fabric led to the industry-changing development of stretch jeans. 

Meanwhile, the quest for the super-soft feel of truly worn-in denim remained elusive. Until now, that is. Consumers can now stop trying to make denim softer on their own. (Who among us hasn’t Googled “how to make jeans softer” and come up with such bizarre techniques as scraping them with sandpaper or putting them in the dryer with tennis balls.) Thanks to the ingenuity of denim designers, they can now come to you that way.

Tricia Carey, director of global business development for denim at Lenzing, told Sourcing Journal, “Some brands are producing authentic denim looks with softness built-in” thanks to innovative fiber blends, yarn spinning, and finishing effects. The result? New levels of softness. 

Soft denim is having such a major moment, in fact, that it was included in TextileToday’s roundup of the top denim trends of 2019 as well as Stylecaster’s list of “5 Denim Innovations That Will Change the Way You Wear Jeans.” 

Find an Impeccable Feel and Fit With CAKE Denim

Ultimately, fashion trends come and go, but quality and comfort are always in style. CAKE DENIM’s raw denim jeans aren’t just impeccably made and impossibly chic, they’re also phenomenally soft. If you’re looking for soft denim jeans or a soft denim jacket, shop CAKE DENIM today to experience the beauty and comfort of our denim for yourself.