Stylishly Shredded: 8 Ways to Pull Off a Pair of Ripped Jeans
by More.com Editors
Shredded denim is a favorite look of style bloggers and celebs alike—probably because you can find shredded jeans in every shape, size, color imaginable! But while these tastefully tattered gems are super popular, there are a few secrets to successfully styling them so you don’t look like you’re just wearing old jeans. We pulled ideas from some of our favorite bloggers to get a few lessons on wearing shredded denim with style. Check out the looks we love!
Lisa Dengler, Just Another Fashion Blog
Not only is Lisa of Just Another Fashion Blog a mega babe, she knows how to rock a pair of distressed denim. Notice how she wasn’t afraid tuck her top into her high-waisted distressed jeans. This is a sleek casual look that you can wear to lunch or out running errands. Another great tip we can take from Lisa’s outfit: Pair your distressed jeans with a unique shoe to add some interest to the look. Way to go girl!
Aimee Song, Song of Style
Let’s be honest: Aimee Song can do no wrong. This is the ultimate “model off duty” look that anyone can pull off! Her jeans are a skinny fit, light wash that not only pairs perfectly with navy, but also is a match made in heaven with a white chunky knit. When I’m looking for the perfect distressed denim, I always lean more toward the light wash. I love how it looks with everything. Try pairing some sexy strappy heels with your roughed-up jeans for a playful look like Aimee’s.
Sara Lynn, Love by Lynn
I think we can all agree that Sara Lynn of Love by Lynn can rock anything she puts on. This look is no exception. For a more boho vibe—which I am all about—pair your favorite light wash boyfriend jeans with a white top and white long kimono. My advice for anyone that is afraid that this baggy denim trend is too boyish: Always go for a feminine top and finish the look with funky heels and curly locks. You really can’t go wrong!
Meg Anderson, Styled Avenue
Meg of Styled Avenue is rocking the ultimate tomboy look in this pic. Can you say “LOVE!?” From her baseball cap down to her boots, this look screams laid-back chic. For an equally sexy-tough look, pair a baseball cap and graphic tee with with a pair of curve-hugging (but not squeezing) jeans and a fitted jacket for an ideal casual date night look.
Jill Wallace, Little Black Boots
Okay, I have to be honest, these One Teaspoon Baggies are my favorite denim of all time. They have just the right amount of bagginess and the color and distressing is beyond perfect. This off-duty look worn by Jill of Little Black Boots shows us just how laid-back this trend can go. And who doesn’t love some comfy denim, a loose plaid sweater and stylish ankle boots?
Mary Seng, Happily Grey
Mary of Happily Grey is not only one of my all-time favorite bloggers, but also the queen of distressed denim. She pairs them perfectly with both causal tees and dressier blouses. A takeaway from Mary? Pair a casual top with a more formal shoe like these pointed-toe pumps. They elongate the leg and pull together the whole look. You can go with a closed toe like she did or try a strappy sandal come summer.
Jenn Camp, Le Fashion
As this photo shows, Jenn of Le Fashion is always on top of her casual shoe game. But, in my opinion, she also nails the boyfriend jean look. You absolutely can not go wrong with a pastel blazer, distressed denim and sneakers. When all else fails, that is my go-to look on work days when I have no idea what to wear. It happens to the best of us! The blazer elevates the distressed denim to make it more workplace appropriate. A white denim helps, too. It feels less casual than traditional blue jeans.
Julie Sarinana, Sincerely Jules
Jules of Sincerely Jules shows off a sporty take on the distressed denim trend, pairing her loose-fitting boyfriend jeans with a colorful wedge sneaker for a sporty chic look. A tailored jacket and long-sleeve crop top give the look a hint of sophistication. If you’re afraid a wedge sneaker and baggy boyfriend jeans might look too bulky on your frame, opt for a skinnier cut to elongate the leg.