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Whiskers (also known as ‘moustaches’ or ‘hige’) are fades on the thighs of jeans.
They are relatively thin diagonal or horizontal creases that form as you wear your jeans. If your jeans are made from raw denim, you will create the whiskers as you wear in the jeans.
Slim fitting jeans tend to have tight, straight whiskers, while looser fitting jeans usually have wide, more diagonally angled whiskers.
Today, the majority of jeans are sold with whiskers that’re made during the pre-washing process.