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Differences In Fades: A Question of Weight

Levi's Vintage Clothing 1954 501Z The guys over at ABCDENIM sure have some curious customers. Recently they received a question about the weight of denim, more specifically what is regarded lightweight and how it wears in compared to heavier denims. We thought our readers might find their answer interesting.

ABCDENIM set up four categories: 1) 9-10 oz. is considered lightweight, 2) 12-15 oz. is considered midweight, 3) 16-18 oz. is considered heavyweight and 4) as ABCDENIM point out anything around 20 oz. and more is like wearing multiple pairs of jeans at once and is considered extra heavyweight. We couldn’t agree more with this categorisation.

Lightweight 1955 Levi’s sawtooth denim shirt.

A Question of Weight: Levi's Vintage Clothing 1955 Sawtooth

The 501 is a classic example of a midweight denim.

A Question of Weight: 1954 501ZXX

Paulrose Products Canadian sewn jeans of slubby 17 oz. shrink-to-fit Japanese denim.

A Question of Weight: 17 oz. Paulrose Products

Iron Heart has become famous for their 21-25 oz. jeans.

When it comes to how lightweight denim wears in compared to heavier denims they put it like this: Think about if you fold a piece of tissue paper you will make a light crease because it is so soft. If you fold a piece of cardboard you will make a thick, defined crease. Denim weights work in the same way. Heavier denims will break in better because creases form easily. Lightweight fabrics are so thin that a break in is not really required at all. The 14.5 oz. jacket below is a model 6002W from The Flat Head that has been worn for more than 2 years and washed 9 times. Read more at Rawr Denim.

A Question of Weight: The Flat Head 6002W