Acid Test



The signature '80s look has an artful moment. By Christene Barberich & Piera Gelardi

Few trends from the '80s have as much iconic punch as acid wash. Not even big shoulders nor the highest hair can eclipse its signature brand of glam-trash. Though many of us weren't around when acid-wash first made its debut in malls everywhere, its return is decidedly more demure and dare we say, artful.

In a few of our favorite looks, once reckless Tiffany'esque splashes of bleach are more painterly, or, taken in the other direction (as with Karen Walker's stormy-blue trousers), baggy denim is all but bleached out. Hands down, the best looks retain a bit of that Jersey girl vibe, but with this time around, acid-wash is way more treasure than trash.

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Looks from Karen Walker's fall/winter 2008 and resort 2009 collections


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A look from April 77's fall/winter 2008 line, acid wash on the streets of Gothenburg, via Face Hunter


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A bag and a dress from Scout's current collection

The signature '80s look has an artful moment.