Do memories of 1980’s clothing styles send you running for the
hills? Fear not, you probably aren’t alone! One of the hottest
and thankfully short lived trends in this decade of fashion
oddities was wearing acid washed jeans. The acid washed jeans
trend didn’t become popular until the mid to late eighties and
faded four to five years later. This trend seemed to go hand in
hand with the big hair phenomenon of the late 80s. If you were a
fan of one, you were most likely a fan of the other.
The process of acid washing jeans used chemicals, stripping off
the color of the top layer, leaving the white fabric exposed.
The color remained in the lower layers of the material, giving
it a faded look. Acid washing could be done overall or made to
look splotchy. See the link at the end of this piece for a link
to a how-to if you'd like to make your own acid washed jeans.
most popular choice was navy colored denim jeans, but you could also buy
acid washed denim in black and a whole 80s-inspired rainbow of color
choices. Colors like red, gold, purple and teal tried, but they never
achieved the devoted following enjoyed by the blue and black versions.
This pair of pink acid washed jeans are made for baby girls - these are,
unfortunately, not vintage. They are new and available for
purchase for your little girl.
What did they wear in the 80’s besides
basic acid washed jeans? They could acid wash anything denim and did it
with abandon. Acid washed tight jeans, acid washed denim skirts, acid
washed tapered pants and acid washed winter coats (complete with
shoulder pads)! As accessories, acid washed denim purses even came on to
the market in the 80’s.
washed jeans were available in many different styles. They came in
tapered leg, short lengths and regular. Other eighties fashions for
women included zippers up the side, zippers on the back and side
peek-a-boos. The holes were covered with bows or other colored material.
If you were really feeling edgy, you might opt for holes in your acid
If you truly wanted to be in the “It”
crowd, you had an acid washed jean jacket that matched your jeans.
Getting a hold of your boyfriend’s coat was even more popular. It was an
eighties fashion for women that faded (no bad 80s pun intended) quickly.
And, to give you a taste of what your acid washed jeans-wearing
boyfriend might have looked like, take a look at this guy.
Many 1980’s clothing styles died down
when the 1990s struck. A few hold outs wore acid washed until a law was
passed forbidding it – just kidding (that’s just wishful thinking).
Believe it or not, there are still places where acid washed jeans can be
bought today (although it must be said that we strongly recommend
against it). This is the most unlikely of 80s trends to return to
fashion, and yet it seems to be doing so. As proof, Nicole Richie was
spotted sporting her own version of this look (see picture to right).
If all this talk of acid washed
loveliness has you longing for some acid washed goodness of your own, we
found this helpful article on eHow on
Acid Wash Clothes. Pumice stone - check. Chlorine -
check. No, wait, I don't want to do this.