Fashion in the 1980s

Acid wash jean

Acid-washed jeans made of denim that had been treated with a chemical, such as sodium hypochlorite or potassium permanganate, which would oxidize the dye and remove some of the color. The acid-washed patterns that were popular in the '80s were achieved by applying chemically treated pumice to the fabric to create the stark, distinctive acid-washed patterns. Acid-washed jeans were often combined with washed or plain denim to create a head-to-toe denim look that was considered the height of fashion.

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