The Dos and Donts of Acid Wash

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Let’s be honest, the 80s were pretty rad. Between the big hair, bigger attitude and the biggest shoulder pads (ever), some of fashion’s most famous trends were born from these over-the-top favorites. And while some of these awesomely bad trends would make even Bret Michaels blush, there are a few styles that deserve more praise than punishment. Some of our personal favorites include neon, bold patterns and even acid wash. We admit this look has gotten a bad rap – you’ll see in our Don’t tips what we mean -but  there is something funky fresh about this particular rinse. Like the printed denim of seasons passed, this bleached out denim is a subtler take on spring’s white jeans. Paired with everything from light knits to graphic tees, and worn on everything from chambray shirts to pants , acid wash is easier to mix into your wardrobe than you think (and doesn’t everyone deserve a second chance?) To avoid looking like a WHAM reject, follow our simple Dos and Donts below…low-res 80s photos included. With your new decade-infused look, you’ll give those valley girls a run for their money. Like, totally.

Do: Try an acid wash rinse on a jacket, thrown over a simple tee and leggings.

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Don’t: Pair your acid 80′s wash jacket with 80′s printed leggings – or any exaggerated style. You don’t want to detract from your staple piece.

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Do: Throw a blazer over your acid wash jeans for a casual cool look, perfect from desk until dinner.

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Don’t: Pair your acid wash jeans with an acid wash jacket (or blazer.) Worst. Canadian. Tuxedo. Ever.

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Do: Step out in some acid wash shorts for spring and summer! Pick these up here.

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Don’t wear acid wash mom jean-shorts… like this girl.

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Do: Experiment with acid wash in a variety of colors – they’re available from bleached to black.

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Don’t: Wear a variety at the same time, in the same picture.

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Do: Rock acid wash denim at a festival or concert.

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Don’t: Sport your acid wash like an 80′s rocker.Even Bon Jovi can’t make this work.

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And finally…

Do: Dance like a maniac and HAVE FUN! Like the wild decade that invented this style, acid wash is serious party business. Shop BCBGeneration.com and get your move on today.

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Now we want to know: What trends deserve a re-do?

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