Originally Posted by Brian SD
First off, not all raw denim is the same. It depends on a lot of things such as dyeing, sizing, denim weight, and the list goes on. Some fade and wear faster than others.
I'd like to emphasize this. The original color, color it fades to, how it fades, where it fades, etc. could not be any more different between by dry jeans.
I also think the 'super starchy' look is one that you have to work at. The honey combing on all my jeans is very minimal. I think you have to be diligent with your starch can (or maybe just some kind of construction worker) to really get the defined fading.