The Getup: Tattered, not Tarnished.


It’s no big secret; I’m a jean fangirl. I love jeans skinny, bulky, high-waisted, low rise, and even tie dyed. But my favorite variation of the denim staple is, some would say, a holey one. Growing up, I always heard ripped jeans referred to as ‘trashy’ or ‘unsophisticated’ and while I can see where the whole Gisele Bündchen inspired buttless jeans might cross the line into questionable territory, for the most part, a few thoughtfully placed rips and tears, can add the ideal dash of rawness and grungy flare to any outfit.

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I bought these jeans a few years ago at Plato’s Closet and I have to say, in that amount of time, the holes have definitely stretched to the point where now both my knee caps are really the only part of my body getting sun exposure during the winter. They began as two very perfect looking cuts on the knees but as the jeans matured and gained real-world experience, the holes began to adapt to the movement and shape of my body. For me, the appeal of ripped and destressed denim, regardless of the material they’re missing, is that they give off this impression of sturdiness and confidence. The imperfections in the fabric give context to the pants and and makes them much more compelling than your standard khaki (No offense, Jake from State Farm). Add on some paint stains, embroidery, or patches and they are able to speak even more to your individual style.

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For this reason, when it comes to ripped denim, I highly recommend you either re-purpose your current jeans or make a run to the thrift shop to find your perfect pair. This way, you’ll never have to pay the value of your first born for a pair of pants that have half the fabric of a normal pair and you’ll also be practicing a bit of conscious consumerism. A ripped pair of vintage mom jeans or your go-to black skinny jeans will be leveled up with a few rips on the thighs and knees. Make the classic white pant transform from regional conference to day out in Chelsea or add a little distressing to an outdated denim skirt to help re-work it into your wardrobe. Putting in the work yourself is not only so easy but also makes the jeans even more of your own, preventing that awkward moment when you accidently “twin” with your arch rival.

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I have a few videos/posts planned for the coming weeks that focus on dying, cutting, and embroidering your denim. Make sure to stay tuned!


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