How to Style Ripped Denim

The irony of ripped denim is that it takes careful engineering to create that perfect tear. A trend that feels so effortless – and sometimes dare we say, careless – is exactly what keeps it on our fashion radar. While we aren’t talking about a revolutionary trend here, ripped denim styles continue to evolve and grow up. In fact, you can take shredded denim from off-duty to street chic in seconds with a few simple styling tricks. Read on for tips on styling these jeans from street to chic, plus a few of our favorite ripped denim looks for transitioning from summer to fall.  

Ripped Denim Off-Duty

When it comes to off-duty style – a day of shopping, a coffee date with a girlfriend, running errands – nothing beats a pair of Converse or Birks. Paired with ripped, cuffed denim and basic staples up top, the result is effortless sartorial heaven.

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The beauty of ripped denim is the style makes you stand out on the streets with very little effort. Randa Salloum of The-Unprecedented keeps it effortless yet chic by pairing stark white, ripped denim with a loose-fitting tee and white slip-ons. 

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Ripped Denim Street Chic

If you want to elevate your ripped denim, try pairing it with a printed blouse or crop top and even consider throwing a blazer or biker jacket over top. Try pairing a cuffed version with heels or booties for a more sophisticated take on this look.

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As Cara McLeay of A Fashion Love Affair states: “[Distressed denim] looks effortlessly cool paired with a simple tee and flats, but can also be dressed up with heels.” We particularly enjoy her take on the trend.

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Another favorite look that strikes a balance between fashion and function:

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Over to you. How do you like to style your ripped denim - do you prefer to dress it up or down?