Fade Friday – Top 5 Fades of 2011

Fade Friday - Best Fades of 2011

Fade Friday - Top 5 Fades of 2011

After 10.5 months, 146 articles, 1.2 million page views, and hundreds and hundreds of comments, we can finally say that this Fade Friday concludes 2011. Needless to say, it’s been an amazing year – we’ve had loads of learnings (denim and non-denim related), had the opportunity to meet many fellow denim heads out there, and have some exciting plans for 2012 and beyond.

Before jumping into 2012 though, we thought it is only fitting to look back on the year and highlight the Top 5 Fade Fridays of 2011. Based purely upon number of views per article, there was a batch of thirty eight Fade Fridays to choose from. Let us know which is your favorite via the comments below!

Naked & Famous x Blue in Green Weird Guy (9.5 months, 0 washes)

Details:

  • Name: Naked & Famous Denim x Blue in Green Rigid Deep Indigo Selvedge
  • Weight: 21 oz.
  • Denim: 100% Cotton
  • Fit: Low rise, tapered legs (Weird Guy cut)
  • Length of Wear: 9.5 months and counting
  • Number of washes: 0
  • Full Details

Photos – BEFORE

Naked & Famous x Blue in Green Weird Guy (9.5 months, 0 washes)

Photos – AFTER

Naked & Famous x Blue in Green Weird Guy (9.5 months, 0 washes)

Unbranded 201 (1 Year, 2 Washes, 1 Soak)

Details

Photos – BEFORE

Unbranded 201 (1 Year, 2 Washes, 1 Soak)

Photos – AFTER

Unbranded 201 (1 Year, 2 Washes, 1 Soak)

LVC 501XX (15 Years, No Washes)

Details

  • Name: LVC 501XX
  • Weight: ~14 Oz.
  • Fit: Regular
  • Length of Wear: 15 Years
  • Number of Washes: None
  • Note: “Before” photo unfortunately unavailable
  • Full Details

Photos

LVC 501XX (15 Years, No Washes)

Nudie Jeans High Kai (1.5 Years, 1 Wash)

Details:

  • Name: Nudie Jeans High Kai
  • Weight: 11.5 oz
  • Denim: 97% Italian (or Turkish) Cotton, 3% Elastane
  • Fit: Super skinny
  • Length of Wear: 1.5 years
  • Number of washes: 1 wash (around the 9th month)
  • Full Details

Photos – BEFORE

Nudie Jeans High Kai (1.5 Years, 1 Wash)

 Photos – AFTER

Nudie Jeans High Kai (1.5 Years, 1 Wash)

A.P.C. New Standard (5 Years, 8-10 Washes)

Details

  • Name: A.P.C. New Standard
  • Weight: 12 Oz.
  • Fit: Slim Fitting (size 1-2 down)
  • Length of Wear: 5 years old
  • Number of Washes: 8-10 washes
  • Full Details

Photos – BEFORE

A.P.C. New Standard (5 Years, 8-10 Washes)

Photos – AFTER

A.P.C. New Standard (5 Years, 8-10 Washes)
Happy New Year and Stay Raw!

-Nick
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  • younger than 15 yrs

    age before beauty?

    the top 5 is too biased towards age.  there were some more impressive fades than the APC and the unbranded pairs. 

    the nudies were my fav fsher. 

    • Guest

      The beginning of the article clearly explained that the Top 5 were chosen by the number of views per article. Any perceived favoritism is of your own fashioning.

      • http://www.rawrdenim.com Rawr Denim

        That’s right, these are based purely upon page views. Wish we could include many more pairs but there’s only room for five!

  • younger than 15 yrs

    age before beauty?

    the top 5 is too biased towards age.  there were some more impressive fades than the APC and the unbranded pairs. 

    the nudies were my fav fsher. 

    • Guest

      The beginning of the article clearly explained that the Top 5 were chosen by the number of views per article. Any perceived favoritism is of your own fashioning.

      • http://www.rawrdenim.com Rawr Denim

        That’s right, these are based purely upon page views. Wish we could include many more pairs but there’s only room for five!

  • Grazfather x

    I love the first pair so much.  Makes me want to never wash my N&F.  Of course, though, I spilled a highball right on my crotch last night, so I’m thinking I’m they won’t even survive that long.

  • Grazfather x

    I love the first pair so much.  Makes me want to never wash my N&F.  Of course, though, I spilled a highball right on my crotch last night, so I’m thinking I’m they won’t even survive that long.

  • rawblue

    cool..

  • rawblue

    cool..

  • Keith E Basham

    naked and famous x blue in green.  ill. 

  • Keith E Basham

    naked and famous x blue in green.  ill. 

  • Anteezy

    This blog is great, glad I found out. The Nudies are my favorite.

  • Anteezy

    This blog is great, glad I found out. The Nudies are my favorite.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=23215509 Kyle Robinson

    Personally, I think the Flat Head 3001s featured a few months ago stomped all of these. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=23215509 Kyle Robinson

    Personally, I think the Flat Head 3001s featured a few months ago stomped all of these. 

  • Arieberg

    For me it´s the LVC 501xx (15 years, no washing). Levi´s 501 is the real  mother of all jeans, without Levi´s the whole world would not dress and jump in jeans in 2012.
    Of all the brands Levi´s 501  is the best for me (and I have tried a lot in my jeanslife: Levi´s, Lee, Wrangler,Lois, Carhartt, Caterpillar, Diesel, Replay, G-Star, Nudie, Blue Blood, Denham, Kuyichi, Edwin, Big John, Paul Smith, Denim Demon, RedKap, JC Rags).

  • Arieberg

    For me it´s the LVC 501xx (15 years, no washing). Levi´s 501 is the real  mother of all jeans, without Levi´s the whole world would not dress and jump in jeans in 2012.
    Of all the brands Levi´s 501  is the best for me (and I have tried a lot in my jeanslife: Levi´s, Lee, Wrangler,Lois, Carhartt, Caterpillar, Diesel, Replay, G-Star, Nudie, Blue Blood, Denham, Kuyichi, Edwin, Big John, Paul Smith, Denim Demon, RedKap, JC Rags).

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  • Fan of cHeap Denim

    I’m a fan of all kinds of denim, but in particular denim that is relatively inexpensive. I’ve noticed that similar results can be achieved in breaking in denim and letting it fade with jeans that are less expensive than high priced designer brands. For instance, I’ve had a pair of standard Levi’s 501 jeans for a bit more than a few years (fit is not that great) and did two early washes, since then, I haven’t washed them once, but am considering a soak with denim soap. The jeans have acquired character though, while still retaining a relatively dark color. Now, I have a pair of Levi’s 505 (Regular Fit) Made in Mexico jeans that I bought 6 years ago, but have hardly worn until the last year or more. I’ve heard many complaints from customers who say that the new (Straight Fit) 505′s aren’t made the same, and I would definitely agree. The 505′s I have were made of a thick denim, and I’ve used them mostly for doing small scale agricultural work outside and gathering weeds. You would not believe how cool and evenly they have faded; even on the belt loops (wish I had a photo) all the distressed features popular on more expensive jeans are there except for the hard whiskering on the back legs (too many frequent washes). My best recent purchase has been a pair of rigid Wrangler Premium Performance Slim Fit jeans (36 MWZ) and just finished my 3rd wash. When air dryed, the jeans retain their stiffness and they have acquired very good character and nice whiskering features between washings. I got my 36 MWZ’s on sale for about $27.00. Ha! Ha!

    • American Original Three

      How have the Wrangler 36mwz worked out for you now that they have another year under their belt?

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