When worn the right way, your favourite tattered and torn jeans can look anything but sloppy. Click through to see how and where to wear ripped denim, and shop our favourite styles.
Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific
Distressed Destination: Who says distressed denim can’t lend itself to a polished look? Not us! For a casual bite to eat with a co-worker, pair a blazer and strappy pumps with loose distressed jeans.
Hallie Swanson of Hallie Daily
Distressed Destination: Meeting your new love interest for happy hour? Wear a pair of black ripped skinnies, a quirky top to show your personality, and a wide-brim hat to give the whole look a casual vibe.
On Daily: Paul and Joe Sister top, J Brand 811 Photo Ready Mid-Rise Skinny Leg Jeans ($227) in Blacklash, Gucci pumps, Louis Vuitton bag, Karen Walker Number One Sunglasses ($220) in Crazy Tort, and H&M hat
Julie Sarinana of Sincerely Jules
Distressed Destination: Slouchy at the hip, check! Perfectly worn-in, check! Messy ankle roll, check! This look is perfect for Saturday brunch with your chicest friends.
Lisa Dengler of Just Another Fashion Blog
Distressed Destination: Throw on a pair of slightly sliced high-waisted skinny jeans and a sleek but cosy jacket for a day full of ‘time-to-get-my-life-together’ errands.
Evangelie Smyrniotaki of Style Heroine
Distressed Destination: For an impromptu margarita night with your BFFs, show some leg and pair a ripped denim skirt with dangerously sexy pumps.
On Smyrniotaki: Acne Distressed denim skirt, Etoile Isabel Marant hoodie, Kain tank, Gianvito Rossi pumps, and Phillip Lim clutch
Natalie Suarez of Natalie Off Duty
Distressed Destination: For an afternoon of watching football with friends, touch base with your inner tomboy and combine a graphic sweatshirt with a pair of nearly shredded jeans.
On Suarez: Stolen Girlfriends Club Cropped Sweater ($252), 7 For All Mankind jeans, Ralph Lauren trench coat, Swedish Hasbeen boots, and Marie Turnor handbag
Annabelle Fleur of Vivaluxury
Distressed Destination: Pair printed distressed jeans with soft feminine colours to create an ensemble that is great for an afternoon spent out with your mum.
On Fleur: Gap 1969 Destructed Print Always Skinny Jeans ($60), Gap Cable Pullover ($37) in Essential Blue, Gap Printed Camp Shirt ($50), Gap Herringbone Academy Blazer ($100) in Pink, Alexander Wang bag, and Sigerson Morrison Brielle Snake-Embossed Suede Pumps ($225) in Nude
Jennifer Grace of Native Fox
Distressed Destination: That Tinder date you’ve already committed to? We suggest a simple white blouse, dark torn jeans, and classic black pumps for a minimal-effort look.
On Grace: Celine sunglasses, AG Hidden Placket Blouse ($158) in Antique White and The Beau Jeans ($225) in 15 Years Thrasher, Saint Laurent bag, and Jimmy Choo Abel Patent Leather Pumps ($575) in Black
Chriselle Lim of The Chriselle Factor
Distressed Destination: When combined with a pinstripe blouse and oversized plaid coat, these open-knee jeans are perfect for a laid-back dinner and a movie night.
The Mid Rise Slim Illusion Skinny Jeans ($210) in Destroyed Seine River
Nikki Relaxed Skinny Jeans ($225) in 17-Years Salvation
Brooke Jeans ($218) in Alta
Vintage Straight Jeans ($168) in Abbott Wash
Capri Jeans ($220) in Bromley
Vintage Loose Fit Ankle Grazer Jeans ($120) in Mid Stone