Ripped Jeans: How to Style

February 21, 2017

Ripped jeans are the ultimate nod to Spring and with our first glimpse of warmer weather to come, now is the perfect time to consider updating your wardrobe. Whether you opt for the subtle option of simply distressing your denim or completely immerse yourself in the trend and rip your jeans into something resembling distressed shorts, I guarantee you can make the ripped jeans work for you with this ‘how to style’ guide.

Hilary Duff in J Brand
Hilary Duff in J Brand

Distressed denim has never really gone out of style and ripped jeans are the easiest way to achieve the look. An element of street wear injected into your casual day wear has never been easier and the ripped jean is probably more versatile than you think. You might assume torn jeans are difficult to style, but that’s because you’ve never been shown how or not shown properly anyway. Well, that’s all about to change. You can be styling them in no time as they’re versatile, easy to wear and add a bit of individuality to your look.

Emily Ratajkowski in Citizen of Humanity
Emily Ratajkowski in Citizens of Humanity

Believe it or not, ripped jeans can be up-styled and incorporated in your every day wardrobe. Perfect if you have a casual office dress code, or if you’re looking to stray from your regular, uninspiring pair of standard blue rinse, skinny or straight jeans. With a smarter top half, attention is drawn away from the more casual, distressed aspect of your ripped jeans and with the right styling you can just about get away with it.

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Rachel Bilson in AG

If you’re in any doubt that the ripped jean is a fleeting trend, you’d be wrong. Distressed denim has been around for a while and it’s not going anywhere in a hurry. It’s a look that’ll take you through every season from Spring into Summer and back into Winter.