Distressed denim can be a wonderful thing, but it can also give off a bit of a thrash metal vibe—eek. To ensure you look chic, all you need are a few styling tricks and a little inspiration, courtesy of bloggers like Natalie Suarez of Natalie Off Duty and Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific.
10 Ways To Wear Distressed Denim Now
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When worn the right way, your favorite tattered and torn jeans can look anything but sloppy. Click through to see how and where to wear ripped denim, and shop our favorite styles.
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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.
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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
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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.
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Lisa Dengler of Just Another Fashion Blog
Distressed Destination: Throw on a pair of slightly sliced high-waisted skinny jeans and a sleek but cozy jacket for a day full of ‘time-to-get-my-life-together’ errands.
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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
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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
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Annabelle Fleur of Vivaluxury
Distressed Destination: Pair printed distressed jeans with soft feminine colors to create an ensemble that is great for an afternoon spent out with your mom.
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
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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
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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.
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7 For All Mankind
The Mid Rise Slim Illusion Skinny Jeans ($210) in Destroyed Seine River
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Nikki Relaxed Skinny Jeans ($225) in 17-Years Salvation
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Brooke Jeans ($218) in Alta
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Vintage Straight Jeans ($168) in Abbott Wash
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Rag & Bone/Jean
Capri Jeans ($220) in Bromley
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Vintage Loose Fit Ankle Grazer Jeans ($120) in Mid Stone