8 Denim Washes That Will Never Be Washed Up

Denim has become the de rigueur material of the runways. As the fabric of casual yet stylish dressing, it’s been made into parkas, dusters, dresses and suiting and has been patched, dipped, dyed, distressed, embroidered and frayed within an inch of its life.

A model (who looks remarkably like Barb from Netflix's 'Stranger Things,' no?) rocks painted denim on the Gucci Fall 2016 runway.

A model (does anybody else see Barb from Netflix’s Stranger Things?) rocks painted denim on the Gucci Fall 2016 runway; Image: Imaxtree

Fashion’s punk-loving, trend-bending wild children Alessandro Michele and Marc Jacobs have even managed to make so-bad-it’s-good 80s-reminiscent acid wash a thing again (for the time being).

Tastefully acidic looks on the Resort 2017 runways of Gucci (left) and Marc Jacobs (right).

Tastefully acidic looks from the Gucci Cruise 2017 runway (left) and the Marc Jacobs Resort 2017 show (right); Images: Courtesy of Gucci, Marc Jacobs

When updating our seasonal denim selection, however, we’re more concerned with investing in hues with some staying power — and we’re not talking detergent-resistant (we see you and we feel you, proponents of the Church of Denim Washing Abstention). While we totally get it if you spent your last paycheck on a pair of Demna Gvasalia’s frayed, deconstructed straight-leg style or a Matthew Adams Dolan pinstriped jean jacket that will one day have the value of John Galliano’s Dior, every denim wardrobe requires a few color-coded staples.

Click through the slideshow below to immerse yourself in eight essential denim washes to wear now and forever.