Undoubtedly, acid wash denim was the most popular trend of the 1980s with everyone from Cindy Crawford to Madonna stepping out high rise mom jeans. Acid wash denim was first introduced by the iconic American clothing brand Guess in 1982. They coined the term ‘acid wash’ due to the process of treating or ‘acid washing’ denim – using a chemical to distress the material and create a retro faded look. After this revolution stonewash was everywhere; from stonewash denim jackets; to jumpsuits and even blazers.
The light blue signature wash remains popular to this day and is a mainstay when it comes to high waisted and skinny leg jeans. Meanwhile, Designers such as Isabel Marant and Balmain featured acid wash styles in their 2019 / 2020 collections.
Katy Perry in head to toe denim.
How To Wear Acid Wash Jeans?
To help you work your acid wash denim items, here are a few handy style notes to remember.
Pair oversized boyfriend jeans together with cute cropped top and pair of strap heels to make to look more feminine.
When opting for denim head-to-toe (hello, Canadian Tuxedo) team an oversized denim shirt with baggy jeans and complete the look with statement accessories such as a big sunnies and a big coat.
Mix it up by matching a floral summer dress with an oversized denim jacket and with colorful accessories.
Embrace the trend with an acid wash jumpsuit – match it with simple white sneakers and white bag.
Straight leg styles are ideal for a layered look. Case in point: loose ankle-length jeans with layering matching polo and an oversized jumper.
Swap short shorts to denim biker shorts, pair them with simple heels and statement blazer.
This contemporary street style look consists of a tie-dye denim skirt made from a denim jacket, match it with boots and puffer jacket.
Denim jacket inspired dress. Wear a long denim jacket as a dress, wrap a belt around the waist to make more fitted look.
Men’s head to toe denim, match jeans and denim jacket a hoodie and a bag.
Pair jeans with white t-shirt, hat and colorful sneakers.
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AGOLDE Carrie denim shorts, $210, net-a-porter.com.au
BALENCIAGA asymmetric frayed denim skirt, $1450, net-a-porter.com.au
TOTEME flair high-rise wide-leg jeans, $309, net-a-porter.com.au
KSUBI oversized distressed denim jacket, $200, net-a-porter.com.au
VICTORIA, VICTORIA BECKHAM high-rise skinny jeans, $298, net-a-porter.com.au
If you have a pair of old denim laying around, you can create your own pair of acid washed denim at home with just few steps.