How to Wear Distressed Denim

Who says you can’t wear distressed denim? Not us! This formerly edgy trend is more approachable than ever thanks to its adaptability. The secret? It’s all about pairing it back to your own personal style. Below are five new ways to wear it—and look totally put-together.

Distressed Denim for Everyone

Cool & Casual
Headed out for “get my life back together” weekend errands? Look for easy straight-leg distressed denim with an unfinished hem and a cool cropped length. Pair with an effortless white blouse and printed flats—and, of course, a crossbody bag so you can take care of business in style.

Distressed Denim for Everyone

Easy & Upscale
Wearing a moderately ripped jean (just at the knee!) in a darker wash looks hip while simultaneously having a more polished feel. This is the jean to take you out to drinks with a co-worker or on a “I’m not trying too hard” first date. Pair them with a bright top with cool details like embroidery or a graphic print.

Distressed Denim for Everyone

Prim & Preppy
Have an afternoon of lunching with the ladies? (Jealous!) Show up in a pair of light-wash, slightly distressed slouchy boyfriends and a structured striped peplum top. Go all in with stripes on stripes with a neon yellow & grey tote. Tre chic!

Distressed Denim for Everyone

Toned & Tonal
We can’t get enough of this crisp, monochromatic look. Bonus: it’s one of the most slimming color-combos! Experiment with pairing ripped denim in bright white with more feminine top details like eyelet to offset the edge. Finish the look off with a cream or gold clutch.

Distressed Denim for Everyone

Bold & Balanced
A new night-out uniform? Yes, please! For nighttime fun with friends (or new flame), pair a blazer and jet-black pumps with distressed jeans in a standout wash. Keep your top relaxed, like a simple grey shirt nonchalantly tucked in at the front.

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