Friday, April 10, 2009

Rip It Up

Do you have a pair of jeans that you may have accidentally snagged on something and now they have a big hole in them? Well, don't get rid of those jeans just yet! For the Spring of 2009, it's OK for your jeans to be ripped. Destroyed denim is everywhere right now. In fact, you may even want to add more holes to the jeans you've snagged. You can also grab a plain pair of jeans and rip them up with a cheese grater or a pair of scissors. But wait! The torn-up denim trend isn't just limited to the jeans. Denim skirts and shorts are now being destroyed as well. You can rip these up yourself too. However, if you don't want to tear up your own denim; you don't have to. There are many jeans, skirts, and shorts that already come pre-ripped. I will feature some of these styles below.
Destroyed Jeans:
Emma Boot Destroyed, $49.90, shown in medium destroyed; also available in superlight destroyed, sizes 00S-8L,

Destructed Denim Capri, $24.99, available in sizes 00-13/14,

Indigo Saints Shredded Boyfriend Jean, $42.50, available in sizes 1-13,

Revolt Destroyed Jean Capri, $36.50, available in sizes 1-13,

True Boot Jean, $39.95, available in sizes 00-18 and in lengths short-x long,

Fragile Boyfriend Crop Jeans, $32.99, available in size 1-9,

Hydraulic Boyfriend Jeans, $39.99, available in sizes 0-9,

Charlie Low-Rise Boyfriend Jean, $49.50, available in sizes 0-13/14,

Decree Super Skinny Flare, $29.99, shown in light blue; also available in dark blue, sizes 0-15,

H2j Cuffed Denim Capris, $21.99, available in sizes 0-13,

H2j Distressed Boot-Cut Jeans, $34.99, available in sizes 1-13,

Fire Destroyed Boyfriend Lisa Ankle Jeans, $29.99, available in sies 1-11,

Bleach Out Destructed, $34.00, shown in light denim; also available in medium denim, sizes 0-9/10,

Destructed 5 Pocket Skinny, $39.99, available in sizes 0-13,

Destructed Bootleg, $29.99, available in sizes 0-13,

Destructed Cuffed Crop, $28.00, available in sizes 1-11,

Destructed With Rainbow Stitch, $29.99, available in sizes 1-11,

Light Wash Destructed, $29.99, available in sizes 0-11,

Sunblast Flare W/ Braided Belt, $34.00, available in sizes 0-13,

Tinted Destructed, $29.99, available in sizes 0-11,

To look like a rock star, wear these jeans with a Rock & Roll graphic t-shirt, some hoop earrings, and a pair of studded boots. Also, try wearing some printed or bright colored tights under the jeans so that the tights are peeking out through the rips. For a western-inspired look, pair these jeans with a plaid button-down shirt, a braided belt, a cowboy or straw hat, and some slouch boots. For a grunge-inspired look, wear your ripped jeans with a plaid top and some sneakers. To get a modern-day hippie look, you can pair them with a tie-dyed shirt or peasant top (article on peasant tops coming soon) and some flip flops. Another cute Spring look I have in mind is wearing some destroyed denim capris with a butterfly or floral printed tunic top, a pair of ballet flats, and some bangles. This would be the perfect way to add a feminine touch to the tough edge that shredded denim provides.

Shredded Shorts:

Boyfriend Bermuda, $29.50, available in sizes 0-13,

ZCO Cutoff Stretch Jean Short, $24.50, available in sizes 0-13,

AE Cut-off Denim Shorts, $34.50, available in sizes 00-18,

AE Destroyed Cutoff Denim Shorts, $34.50, available in sizes 00-18,

Campbell Cuff Jean Short, $34.50, available in sizes 00-15/16,

Bleach Washed Bermuda, $17.80, available in sizes X-Small-Large,

Dark Wash Distressed Shorts, $32.00, available in sizes 1-13,

Decree Roll Cuffed Boyfriend Bermuda, $19.99, shown in lt ultra destruct; also available in dk ultra destruct; sizes 0-17,

Decree Rolled-Cuff Short, $16.99, available in sizes 0-17,

Bongo Cuffed Denim Bermuda Shorts, $19.99, available in sizes 0-17,

5" Destructed Cuff, $29.99, available in sizes S-L,

Destructed Bermuda, $32.00, available in sizes 0, 1, 3, 9, and 11,

Extend Tab Short, $24.00, available in sizes 1-13,

Zipper Trim Bermuda, $28.00, available in size 0-11,

Bullhead Coronado Light Blue Cut Off Short, $25.00, available in sizes 00-13,

Bullhead Redondo Light Blue Destroyed Denim Short, $25.00, available in sizes 00, 7, 9, and 11,

Urban Renewal Levi's Destroyed Denim Shorts, $28.00, shown in blue; also available in black, sizes x-small-large,

Roll Cuff Bermuda Short, $22.50, shown in lt sndblstd; also available in dk sndblstd, sizes 0-13,

To wear distressed Bermuda shorts; pair them with a ruffled or lace top, high-heeled slingbacks, bangle bracelets, and some chandelier earrings. This is the perfect way to add a feminine balance to this style. If you want to wear the shorter shredded shorts; grab a screen tee, a pair of flip flops or sneakers, and some shutter shades. To wear either ripped up Bermuda shorts or short shorts on the beach, pair them with a bathing suit of your choice (bikini, tankini, monokini, or one-piece), flip-flops, and sunglasses (do NOT wear shutter shades if you're actually going to be hanging out in the sun).

Distressed Skirts:

Belted Mini Skrit, $24.99, available in sizes 3, 5, and 9,

Diane Denim Skirt, $15.80, available in sizes X-Small-Large,

Erin Frayed Denim Skirt, $19.80, available in sizes X-Small-Large,

H81 Deena Denim Skirt, $19.90, shown in medium denim; also available in light denim, sizes 1, 3, 5, and 11 (medium denim only available in 1 and 3),

C7P Destructed Mini, $24.99, available in sizes 0-17,

Decree Destructed Mini, $19.99, shown in dk super destruc; also available in lt super spray, sizes 0-17,

Paris Blues Distressed Denim Miniskirt, $17.99, available in sizes 3, 7, 11, and 15,

SO Destructed Miniskirt, shown in light wash; also available in medium wash, sizes 0-17,

Side Zipper Mini, $24.00, available in sizes 1-11,

Tulip Back Pocket Mini, $24.00, available in sizes 1-11,

Bullhead White Destroyed Denim Skirt, $35.99, available in sizes 00-13,

Juniors' Mossimo Supply Co. Denim Mini Skirt - Dark Wash, $19.99, available in sizes 1-19,

Junior Mossimo Supply Co. Denim Mini Skirt, $19.99, available in sizes 1-19,

Worn-In Denim Skirt, $39.50, available in sizes 0-10,

Destroyed Side Zip Mini Skirt, $19.50, shown in lt sndblstd; also available in dk sndblstd, available in sizes 3-11,

Notch Front Mini Skirt, $22.50, available in sizes 5-15,

For a bohemian look; wear a ripped denim skirt with a peasant top, oversized fringe handbag, and bangles. If you're going for a sexy look to wear on a date, pair your destroyed denim skirt with a halter or tube top, some hoop earrings, and high-heeled shoes. To get a cute cowgirl chic look, you can wear this skirt with a plaid shirt, a straw or cowboy hat, slouch boots, and a braided belt. If you want to look like a rock star, pair this skirt with a Rock & Roll graphic tank top, some studded or rhinestone embellished jewelry, and high heels.

I hope this article has made you as excited for the shredded denim trend as I am. I also hope my styling tips on different ways to wear this trend come in handy. Tell me if you know of any other ways to wear ripped denim. E-mail me at or talk to me on myspace.

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