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Distressed Ripped Jeans - Cool or Trashy?

Updated on August 23, 2017
Girl wearing distress ripped jeans
Girl wearing distress ripped jeans | Source

I heart distressed ripped jeans

Distressed ripped jeans are not a new fashion style. They have been around for quite some time. They were quite popular when I was in college a number of years ago. I liked to wear them back then and still do now, although I wear them less frequently.

Ripped jeans, torn jeans, destroyed jeans, or whatever name you want to call them, are in style again today as a number of celebrities sport them. I like them because they convey a care-free, non-conformist or even a bit rebellious attitude of the wearer. You also have to be confident to wear them.

If you were to buy them brand new, distressed ripped jeans would be quite expensive especially if you go for the designer brands. It makes sense I guess, because it involves more work. Some people just can't understand why anyone would even wear torn jeans, let alone pay a lot of money for them. Well, everyone is different and that's what makes life interesting.

If you don't want to spend too much on a brand new pair of destroyed jeans, you can create your own from an old pair that you already have. That way you can also decide how much you want to destroy them. Some people like just a couple of small tears showing very little skin. Others like to go all out and create large holes all around. I personally prefer something in between. Medium sized holes showing some skin in a few places.

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What do you think about distressed ripped jeans? - Voice your opinion

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Some people would never wear ripped jeans or even let their kids wear them because they think they look trashy. My parents would most likely have been shocked to see me wear them but when I was in college I was living far from them, so they never knew :) But even one of my roommates made a comment, "Oh, you wanna look like a hippie, huh?" Yeah, I think hippies look cool.

My wife also likes torn jeans. One day she wore them to church and got scolded by her oldest sister :)

So, what do you think?

Are distressed ripped jeans cool or trashy?

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How to make your own distressed ripped jeans

I don't think there is any hard and fast rule or method to do it. After all, you want a destroyed pair of jeans! Just use any rough or sharp objects like sandpaper, a nail file, a knife or a pair of scissors to create the frayed look and holes.

One thing though, you may first want to draw an outline of the holes using a crayon or pen while you're wearing your jeans. That way you won't end up with holes in places you don't really want them to be. I once learned this the hard way :)

To create the distressed look you can use bleach, paint or some sort of dye.

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Anything you want to say that you haven't said above, you can add in the comments below. Remember, be nice :)

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      7 years ago

      i luv ripped jeans if u know how to wear them if can look really cool

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      8 years ago

      Cool, sexy, stylish on some and downright rank on others. To each his own.

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      8 years ago

      This is a great MonkeyBrain subject. Blessed by an Angel. This lens will be featured on my angel lens: "angel-on-assignment".

    • emmaklarkins profile image


      8 years ago

      Great lens, and great topic for a good debate!

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      8 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Not my style but nicely put together lens :-)

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      8 years ago

      I don't purposefully rip jeans, but if they rip on their own, it's nice to know I can still wear them. (Depending on the rest of my gear, people might think I'm making a fashion statement... If jeans get a small rip, should I add a few more to be artsy?)


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