Style School: Selvedge Jeans

While everyone is cooing over the latest printed and bright colored skinny jeans, let’s not forget that the original blue jean can provide sartorial satisfaction too.  This brings us to our style school lesson of the day: selvedge (or sometimes seen as selvage, selvege) jeans.

More often seen on men’s styles, selvedge refers to the weaving process of denim and is noticeable when the cuff of a jean is rolled up.

Selvedge edging can only be created with a traditional shuttle loom. Because these looms (created in the 1800s and used to make early pairs of blue jeans) require a narrower denim strip than the machines used today, there is more denim used in selvedge jeans, hence why they are usually more expensive. What’s more, when jeans were first made, the tight weaving process was continued to the very edge, which is why selvedge edging won’t unravel or fray, giving you a natural, clean edge.

Sources: DenimTherapy, RawrDenim, Denimology

Images via blog.denimtherapy.com, TaylorTailor.com, ColdWinterCollectibles, Levi’s Jeans

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