A while ago (2 years or so) the raw denim bug bit me hard. I've been wearing my first pair of raw denim during that time and now I've just retired them and started wearing another pair.
But today I've thought a bit about it and I've felt a bit stupid. I mean, I'm here wearing a really uncomfortable pair of 21oz jeans that it's a pain in the ass just to button/unbutton, I'm leaving indigo stains everywhere (furniture, car, tops and footwear...) and I'm 'doomed' to wearing almost exclusively these jeans for the months to come. Regarding this last part, I only wear raw denim everyday because I work from home. When I was working at the office I used to wear them 2-3 working days per week tops. Don't you feel a bit self-conscious when your coworkers/family/friends see you in the exact same pants day after day? Doesn't that project a image of little hygiene? Damn, it's not hygienic wearing the same pants everyday for 6 months+ without washing, is it?
Not to mention all those crazy things people do... like wearing their jeans while still damp. Or refusing to wash jeans which have been stained with vomit, semen or even poo! Yeah, I really appreciate a nice pair of faded denim, but I wonder if it's worth it. Especially with some nice predistressed jeans out there, like the ones RRL or PRPS do, for example, which are still japanese denim, selvedge, and whatnot.
Am I the only one considering jumping out of the raw denim bandwagon?
yeah, people do some pretty crazy stuff when it comes to raw denim but for the most part (and if you comb through the forums, people go back and forth about this) it's all pretty unnecessary. People like to come up with rules about things and companies love to use things like "waiting 6 months before washing" as a marketing tactic. In the end, it's a pair of jeans and you should just wear them how you want. I feel like wearing and caring for raw denim has somehow gotten so overcomplicated that people are doing things that they're not comfortable with just to get those "sick fades".
If you feel self conscious about wearing the same pair of jeans everyday, then switch it up. All that happens is that it'll take longer to get the same kind of contrasted fades as you would get if you wore them more often or wore them while doing some sort of activity. If you're not a fan of smelly jeans and having shit on your jeans, wash them (and i'm a huge supporter of washing your jeans every couple months or even sooner if they're dirty. let's not be gross and wait until people complain about smells before washing. Also the freezer is for ice cream and frozen foods. not jeans). If you're wearing them that hard that they're getting dirty fast, you'll get some good looking fades even if you're washing them often.
sure raw denim has gotten pretty freaking popular and everybody and their moms are wearing/making raw denim but i don't think it's necessary to say that you're going to jump off the raw denim bandwagon. you're wearing a pair of 21oz jeans which by most people's standards is a pretty heavy fabric thats going to take a bit more commitment and time to wear in. why don't you just get rid of those, get a pair of 14oz jeans that uses a fabric that tends to fade quicker and be more pronounced and is comfortable to wear from the beginning? There's no reason to go through the discomfort of wearing a pair of heavy jeans that's tough for you to get on and off if you're not a fan of it. I personally don't like the feeling of a 21 oz jean so i've stuck to jeans in the 14-16 oz range and size them so that it's not a pain to wear.
If your circumstances with work/life/etc makes it hard to wear your jeans enough to get the fading you want, then get a pair of pre distressed jeans. Predistressed jeans have a negative reputation because you're essentially paying more to have your jeans ripped and worn down but who cares if you like it. Or there's also the option of buying jeans from a secondhand store. I've seen some great looking jeans that people have worn and sold to a thrift store for whatever reason.
anyways, it seems like you're just tired of the nonsense rules that people say you need to do with raw denim and the celebration of the more extreme things that people do to get fades. i don't think there's a right way or wrong way to wear denim. do whatever you want. nobodies forcing anybody to wear their jeans a certain way.
on that note, i'm going to wash my jeans now.