After seeing Whodini's photo essay, I will post a quick one of my own. I intended to post some pictures after my RRLs first wash at 6mo, but never did so here is a double shot. I didn't get nearly as artistic as Whodini, but here goes... These jeans have been worn about 5 times a week for the last 9 months, but I don't do much hard-wearing activity. I do a lot of walking, but as witnessed by the ass fade, a fair amount of sitting. At six months, I did a machine wash and hang dry (then wore them while still quite wet). The results were less than impressive with regards to fading. The only real fading that I could see was minor whiskering. My apologies for the poor pictures; the weather was overcast and I replaced the camera in the intervening three months. Click on the pictures for a much larger and higher quality image. Whenever I resize it seems to pixelate.
The nine month wash was much more impressive. As the waist had stretched, I washed and then put them in the dryer for about 5mins. The came out very near the original size and required some shimmying to get into, but promptly became stretched again. The honeycombs are distinct and the whiskering is becoming pronounced. I have recently been wearing a thin wallet in the back pocket after witnessesing great fades, but my .75cm wallet doesn't seem to put much stress.
The honeycombs are fading well
And I can't figure what exactly I do, but one knee obviously takes more wear
Whodini, after seeing the lack of progress of my at six months and the changes at nine, you simply must post an update. You had great progress at the six month mark and I'm sure that have become better.