Originally Posted by someoneNew
So no one here would distress their denim in an unnatural fashion, ie. with sand paper, razor blade, howitzer, etc.? Only distressing by wearing them often?
To some extent, even just "not washing" is "unnatural" if it's a deviation from how you'd normally treat a pair of jeans. I think "not washing" is acceptable because a) it falls closer to the "natural" side of the spectrum, b) the jeans gain "character" to the extent that it's possible for mass-produced consumer goods to do so, and c) we are deeply weird.
In my old hometown, there was a brief craze during which kids were taking their jeans out, draping them over a barbed-wire fence post, and shooting them with buckshot to create holes. Kind of a neat effect once the jeans were washed a few times.
Aren't you worried that by the time it takes to get the distressed look that that style of denim is way gone?
Well, a bunch of forum members wear jeans that were in style in 1947, and a bunch more wear basic "anti-fit" jeans that don't really go in or out of style. Some jean cuts, I could have worn in 1986 or 1996 as well as I can wear them now.
There's also the fact that many SF members consider themselves above mainstream style trends.