I’m sure you’ve heard the term raw denim or maybe even selvedge denim. I worked in a small denim boutique a while back and I got a very detailed lesson on what these terms meant and the difference between the two. The topic is very interesting to me (I am a nerd, after all), and I decided it would be beneficial if I do more research on it. So I did that research and learned a lot of things that I didn’t know before, I thought I would share that info with you! Keep reading if you are interested or if you have nothing to do, and read it even if you are overly busy and have a life outside of denim. Either way, READ THIS POST!

Raw and Selvedge denim is all the rage now, especially in men’s jeans. However, this is not a new concept, these types of denim date back to before the 1950s (and there is your history lesson/fun fact). So lets talk about the difference between the two!

Most times when you purchase jeans they have been pre-washed to give a better fit and sometimes a worn look and feel. Raw denim also referred to as dry denim, are simply jeans that haven’t been pre-washed. They are typically a lot stiffer than the pre-washed jeans and after regular wear the jeans loosen and become personalized to you. Raw denim is so dope because after a month or  more of wear, the same denim that other people have bought do not share the same distresses. When purchasing raw denim it is important to not that sizing can be difficult because chances are: they will shrink after the first wash. Some denim you made need to buy one size larger, others two, it all depends on the jean.

Now, lets talk about selvedge denim. Selvedge denim which derives from the term self-edge denim is a denim that has a self-finish . This denim does not have the same seam that you see on other jeans.

selvedge vs plain

Now that has been explained it is important to know that one type isn’t necessary to have the other. Denim can be raw without being selvedge and vice versa. Although they can stand alone, they typically do not.

Here is what you really want to know: the price tag. Generally you can find raw and selvedge denim ranging from $100.00 to $800.00. Steep price range right? Well, not all raw and selvedge denim will be $800.00. As you know, many times you are paying for the name. I say if you have not purchased a pair of raw or selvedge denim you start in the lower price range and test them out., so that you get sizing right and become aware of the brands that best complement you.

If and when you do try them out let me know what you think about them!


Until next time!