I am hardly the word of fashion. My daily uniform consists of Addidas all terrain type shoes, a pair of regular rise boot cut jeans, wool socks, and some sort of cotton based t shirt. For fun, I wear a fleece lightweight jacket. Fashionista, I am not. I don’t really want to be – there are much better places for me to put my money. It’s taken me years, but I’m finally learning that it’s perfectly okay to spend a good deal of money on a quality item that will give you longevity in terms of fashion and also in terms of years. Like, say, a wool pea coat in navy. Or high end leather boots that fit well and perform multiple functions. I have yet to find that elusive pair of jeans, which infuriates me.
Anyway, I tell you all this and now I am going to say this: I have a fashion prediction: dark denim is dying. And I’ll tell you why. But first, remember when acid wash was cool?
What you can’t see in that photo is the white scrunch socks, shoelace-less Keds, and giant skank purse. And while I had that outfit (although my jacket featured LACE and not TASSLES), I was never as cool as this chick is, right here. (Image courtesy of BasicallyBlack.com) But I remember before my mom finally caved and bought me acid wash jeans (right before they because uncool, thus proving I’m always at the end of a fashion DO), we took a pair of my faithful Levi Button Fly 501 jeans and attempted to make our own stylish acid wash jeans, complete with artful tears on the knees, the button fly flap removed, and the edges of all pockets scuffed with scissors. They turned out blotchy because we used bleach, and not acid, and I think they became shorts pretty quickly. The term these days is “reconstructed” which is just a totally 00’s way to say “took something I owned and D-I-Y-ed it in my bathroom to make it cooler”.
Anyway, the old faithful Levi’s 501 Button Fly jean, straight leg (pinch rolled, of course) was my go-to jeans in the 80s and it came in this sort of medium blue “stonewash” rinse. I don’t have that go-to jean anymore. I haven’t found anything that fits me nicely, hides what I want hidden etc. And so now I buy whatever the latest advertised “Jeans For Real Women” is, and wear them until they wear out and then try the next pair of “Jeans for Real Women”.
And so today, on a family outing to Superstore (you know, the veritable mecca of fashion these days and seriously, do kids really go through shoes this often WTF) what did I spy? Medium blue stonewash jeans, as far as the eye can see. And since the average person shops at Old Navy, Superstore, and Walmart for their everyday clothes, and not, as magazines would have us all believe, at tiny little boutiques that sell exclusive designer labels, I say that this is the new trend. That medium blue stonewash is coming back. Mark my words – dark denim is going the way of the dodo.