Ways to Wear Acid-Wash Denim

Fashion is celebrating like it is 1986 and has resurrected some surprising trends. Ruffles, neon (thank you, Kardashian-Jenners), high-waisted pants, bike shorts and headbands have all made a totally tubular comeback. On the denim front, acid wash is coming for our basic blues. Cast aside those ideas about versatile uniform washes and embrace it.

Bleached acid wash is giving life to jeans and other denim pieces, like shirts, jackets, skirts and dresses. Acid wash can range from striking tie-dye patterns (another trend in and of itself) to more subtle stone-washed styles. Pick the design depending on how far out you want the finish to be.

An acid-wash jeans street style sighting; Image: Imaxtree

Those fearful of looking dated can team acid-wash denim with classic pieces, such as T-shirts, crisp blouses and flats. Alternatively, pair acid-wash jeans or other faded styles with trending pieces, like bamboo bags, dramatic feathers and pistachio green for a cross-decades look. Acid wash also lends itself to the California surfer aesthetic that conquered the Spring 2019 runways. Feeling the 80s mood? There are ways to incorporate other 80s references with acid wash, but following some guidelines is essential.