For the best results wear 4-6 months or as long as possible before first wash. Indigo dye may transfer onto surfaces it contracts for the first few wears. Hand or machine wash in cold water, use gentle or delicate setting. Use as little detergent as needed. Rinse and hang to dry in shady location. In fact, they will relax and wear in like most jeans do. These jeans will age and fade in all the same places as a regular pair of jeans. They'll take on unique characteristics as you roam, ride and play.