Admit it, there are just some denim trends that you love to hate on. We already know that nothing gets people more divided than a good old controversial jean trend, and at some point, everyone decided to unanimously hate on acid-wash jeans. It’s not the jeans’ fault that they’re so tricky to wear, but hey, there’s a fine line between acid wash that’s done right and acid wash that makes you look like you’re wearing an ’80s Halloween costume. So it’s not hard to see why people avoided the denim trend for so long, but with the emergence of all things ’80s lately, it was only a matter of time until acid wash started bubbling up again.
On the F/W 19 runways, Proenza Schouler and Givenchy were among the designers to include acid-wash pieces in their collections, a surefire sign that it’s becoming a thing. We’ve even spotted it on some of the most trend-forward influencers on Instagram and, ahem, Hailey Bieber was testing it out as early as last fall. So now more than ever, acid wash feels a lot less fear-inducing and a lot more approachable for 2019.
Ahead, we’re charting the trend’s path from runway to Instagram and, soon enough, your shopping cart. Keep reading to see and shop all the best acid-wash jeans and then go tell a friend that the denim trend is back.