Developments in Denim Technology

By Isabelle Earl

Over the years, the culture within the denim industry has made revolutionary advances. There are many sub-groups that live within this wide category, and there is much thought and effort thought and work put into denim products. Denim is changing, so let’s take a look at some of my favorite changes that have occured over the years:

Stretch Denim Yes, this is as glorious as it sounds. This makes putting on jeans in the morning less dreadful and makes the rest of the day more comfortable. Stretch jeans are designed with a new type of denim cotton material that blends stretchy materials into the fabric, like spandex or elastane, giving these jeans the classic denim look without the stiff discomfort. With the flexibility in the product, these jeans allow for less restriction in body movements and everyday activities. Plus, they make the booty look great with their form-fitting style.

Maternity Jeans
No, I have never been pregnant. Yes, I have owned maternity jeans. Why? Because they are the best thing to mark human innovation since sliced bread. They’re obviously perfect for a pregnant belly, but they’re also a great pair of pants for Thanksgiving dinner. Many women own maternity jeans, and they keep getting better and more comfortable as the industry progresses. Maternity jeans are similar to stretch jeans, but also include a very stretchy waistband. Thus, they’re perfect for a baby bump—or food-baby bump.

Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Jeans
A brand known as Everlane has changed the game for environmentally-friendly jeans. With their ethical approach, they educate their customers and provide them with jeans made from organic and natural materials. In using the finest materials, along with ethical labor, they are changing the denim industry for the better.

Dyes In Denim
The dyes that are used to create the jeans we love have been called out for their toxicity and harmfulness. Indigo continues to be used in some jeans, and is the most intense chemical in jeans. Many manufacturers are working to move away from this dye. New technologies include nitrogen dyeing, along with using less indigo. Artistic Milliners recently released a new approach with their new dyeing technique that uses 70 percent less chemicals, while also being salt-free.