I have a confession to make. I love distressed denim. The more rips, tears, paint splatters, frayed edges, the better. When distressed denim made it's comeback earlier this spring I was more than happy. I love the lived in, relaxed look they give off. However, they always seem to get mixed reviews. I heard countless people questioning why this denim was once again a trend. When ripped jeans and jean jackets started popping up in department stores and fashion magazines, everyone seemed to be dreading the return of the pre-made holes. Friends said to me, “Did you see that distressed denim is back?” and of course the old, “Why would you want to buy jeans that ALREADY have holes in them?” And I won’t lie, at first I tried to act a little annoyed with all of the distressing, but secretly I had been cutting holes in my denim shorts and bought a brand new jean jacket already ripped and perfectly distressed. To be honest, I think most people were having flashbacks from the denim that was so popular in the early 2000’s at stores like Hollister and Abercrombie. The light, acid washed jeans with white paint splatters, and huge holes down the front. (Does that bring back any memories?) However, there are lots of other ways to do distressed denim that won’t remind you of your junior high and high school days. I like to stick with darker washes when it comes to jeans and keep them a little baggier and more boyfriend like. I also like to pair it with more neutral colors like black or white in order to keep the overall look a little more sophisticated. Distressed denim is perfect for summer; it’s comfortable, relaxed, and always easy to wear. Just don’t pair it with a pastel polo with a bird logo.
Wearing: Jeans- Free People; Tank top- Free People; Hat- Sears; Bag- Free People; Sandals- Bongo; Sunglasses- Ray Ban