Originally Posted by Ludeykrus
OK, maybe 'bad' isn't the best word. They're at least overrated! I like the softer, more vintage fades. And, I won't be disgusting. Some of the unwashed one year jeans I've seen look fucking nasty. I pity the fool who went through a whole year smelling like shit just to impress his e-buddies.
Originally Posted by pocketsquareguy
Two perspectives on washing denim.
I worked on a ranch in Arizona with real wranglers years ago and field workers in the Central Valley in the early 70's. I can tell you that their jeans got dirty from real wear, mud and cow shit and they washed them. No, they didn't have the fade patterns shown in this thread. It was a more, all-over fade. But it was the real deal.
I went to college with a retired guy who grew up working in the fields as a kid in CA in the early 1950's. He said his mom took him to the store at the beginning of the school year and bought him one brand new pair of Levis. He would roll up the legs, put them on and soak in a bath tub to get ride of the excess indigo dye and shrink the jeans to fit. He would then wear the jeans until they were dry. He would never wash them until he got his new pair of jeans the next year. He said they could almost "stand up in the corner by themselves". I can only imagine that his fades would be a favorite here
It's funny how we surely sometimes think that wearing jeans for epic fadez is something new and exciting, like we're trendsetters. I remember someone posting here that his mom and her friends used to buy Levis in the '50's(?) and rub them with sand and wire brushes to get them fading. I also think it's easy to get into raw denim and think 'ZOMG, must not wash! Must get +rep!', but in the end, they are just jeans, and there will always be another pair with which one can try something different.