Ripped jeans have been around for years– purposefully slashing, ripping, or tearing threads. This pre-distressing clothing looks like it has been run over by a lawnmower. Distressed denim probably would never go out of style and ripped jeans are very easy to style with and achieve a look. Incorporating this element of streetwear edge into your everyday casual outfits is easy and ripped jeans are more versatile than you think.
If you are one of the people who think that torn jeans are difficult to style, the reason might be that you’ve never been taught how to or not shown properly. This article is going to show how you can rock those jeans and how it can add a bit of personality to your look.
#1 Casual Wear Staple
Ripped jeans are the utmost casual wear staple. You can simply wear a T-shirt and a pair of sneakers or desert boots. A distressed denim will give an edge to your everyday look compared to ordinary jeans. Plus, it can effortlessly flatter your simple look because the jeans will be the focal point of your outfit, so there is no need for you to overwhelm them loads of other pieces. Too much styling your outfit will make things messy and unnatural.
You should want a cool laid-back look and not try too hard.
#2 Smart Casual Wear
Ripped jeans do not only look great on casual wear alone but can also be up-styled into a smart wardrobe. If you have a casual office dress code, this is going to be perfect for you. If you get tired from your regular and plain pair of standard blue rinse, straight or skinny jeans. Wearing a smarter top half, attention is pulled away from the casual, distressed detail of your ripped jeans. Plus, with the right styling, you can definitely pull it off.
If you are attending smart casual occasions, you can partner your torn jeans with a shirt under a jumper and finishing the look with smart shoes like desert boots or brogues.
#3 Alternative Grunge Wear
Most people assume that ripped jeans are linked to punk and grunge fashion, yes that is accurate but it doesn’t mean that guys who are not gunge wearers can’t pull off a pair of ripped jeans.
If you want to try this look, choose a pair of ripped black denim jeans and team it with a chunky grey jumper. It’s important that you keep it in one similar color palette and at the same time giving the look a slightly edgy feel. Brown boots will perfect the whole look and add to the alternative style you’re aiming for.
DIY: How To Make Ripped Jeans
If you have an old pair of jeans that you want to revamp or if you have existing pairs but want to take it more to the extreme, you can make your own rips but you have to be careful because this needs work and planning than you think.
Traditional torn up denim
If you simply want the traditional ripped style where the focus is on the knee and hem areas. You just need 3 things: scissors, sandpaper, and tweezers. Just simply start by cutting the hems off of each jean leg and then use the tweezers to pick away at the loose threads to create a frayed effect. Then take the sandpaper to the frayed edges to add a rougher texture.
To achieve that ripped look on the knees of your jeans, make little slits using the scissors in the area that you want the holes and then pull the vertical threads out with tweezers which will give you horizontal white strands of fabric leaving you with some knee holes.
Extremely distressed look
If you want to take your jeans to extremes rather than just frayed rips, you can drag coarse sandpaper across seams or larger surfaces of denim. Use the sandpaper to rub down some front parts of your denim which will create a patch of distressed denim and the fabric will be given a coarse feel. The more creative you do it, the better the result.
Ripped jeans will never go out of style and it’s not going anywhere in a hurry. You can wear them through every season from Winter, to Spring, to Summer. So what do you think? Are ripped jeans worth the buy?
Author Bio: Ivandrea Ollero is a daytime writer for Northern Menswear Streetwear, an online streetwear fashion brand that offers a wide collection of clothing and style for men. Ivandrea passionately writes content on the latest trends in the fashion industry.