The denim world has been turned upside down by Gen Z’s call to cancel skinny jeans.
This call heard round the internet was first sung on TikTok. According to the Gen Z’ers, skinny jeans are OUT (along with side parts) and we should swap them out for baggy jeans immediately, lest we appear lame. Or even worse…old.
Along with the cry for 90’s esc baggy jeans came a whole slew of retro denim demands. Which includes lighter washes, jogger jeans, balloon jeans, flare jeans and yes acid wash denim.
Acid wash denim the ’80s fashion trend made popular by an entire decade of pop stars and punks is making a comeback. Refined, soft, and sophisticated it’s created by adding chlorine and to the denim to achieve a lighter lived-in looking color.
This once DIY aging technique is now a full-on off the rack trend. From designer to fast-fashion everyone is jumping on the acid wash train.
My favorite way to incorporate it is with a denim jacket. It’s a great way to dip your toes in the trend without going total Girbaud.
If baggy jeans are scaring the crap out of you Acid Wash is a great way to stay on-trend without sacrificing your denim principles.
Now that we have agreed on acid wash, one more thing about skinny jeans..
..As we get older, it’s not about showing off skinny legs, or figure-hugging clothing, feeling comfortable in our clothes and in ourselves is more important.
Skinny jeans are arguably the most wearable item of clothing to exist. Most importantly they flatter every body, designers have also perfected their fits and they are available at just about every price point. Are there cooler jeans? Absolutely. Should we be willing to experiment and explore those options? Probably! But that doesn’t mean we need to completely ditch the comfort food of denim, the humble skinny jean.