This is something you’ll find first in any forum because whiskers are the types of fades that will always come first on a pair of raw denim. Now when you put on a pair of jeans, the first thing you do is squat in order to stretch them out a little bit. When you stay in a squatted position, the lines formed around the button/zip fly of the jeans are called whiskers. They radiate outward from the fly of the jeans towards the out seam, they will always set first than the other two because there is more squatting and bending done. You see when you bend and squat, the denim scrunches up, and releases; when that happens the outer layer is slowly flaking off the indigo dye which, in time, causes the weft to show through and then it produces a fade. Whiskers will always look like a cat’s whiskers because of the way they move sharply out from the fly towards the outseam.
Not the kind that bees make but the kind that form when you bend your knees in any direction. Honeycombs can be a bit difficult to attain as the jeans need to be tight, they need to hug your knee as if they’re suffocating it, and then you need to bend, bend, and bend. The more you work the knees the more pronounced your honeycombs will get and, sometimes, if you wear the jeans long enough you’re honeycombs will have combs! (Yep, combs is honeycombs for short!) You might not want to try out super tight jeans unless you really want to, they can be uncomfortable the first time around as the fabric will dig into the back of your knee and possibly bruise the tender skin there but it’s well worth the trouble. Honeycombs are always tighter lines formed together with connecting lines that are in the shape of a honeycomb from a hive.
This is probably one of the most difficult fades to achieve as you need to have a lot of extra fabric near your foot to start off. If you’re a 32 inseam and you buy a pair of jeans with a 34 inseam, you’re going to be looking at about 2″ of stacking. The longer the inseam, the more stacking there will be but remember that stacking fades require more work because there really isn’t any flexing going on down there so work hard on ’em! Stacking fades will be a more lenient form of combs, they will have a wider center and will be few but it’s awesome when they appear, it means you’ve worked extremely hard on your pair of jeans to get that look and you should wear them proudly!