How To Wear Ripped Jeans
Master The Ripped Jeans Look
It’s true that ripped jeans have never been too far away from the front-line in men’s fashion, adding a touch of raw edginess to your outfit and turning a simple everyday look into something far more exciting. There are numerous ways in which a pair of jeans can be ripped, whether that is slightly distressed or completely torn to shreds, either way knowing how to wear ripped jeans is a sure fire way to add a kick to your look
- Find a pair that suits your desired look i.e. extremely distressed, lightly distressed or ripped on one knee
- Dress them up with a tight shirt and V neck jumper
- Dress them down with a pair of Converse and baggy tee
- Make the look unique by accessorising to your style
- Compliment them with a beany hat during the winter months
For men, finding the best pair of ripped jeans and introducing them to your wardrobe may be daunting, however, it has never been easier to give your casual wear some character by simply adjusting the style of your jeans. Whether you’re put off, or simply looking for new ways to style your ripped jeans, this short guide will give you all the information you need to master the look. Here’s what we will cover…
- How to wear ripped jeans
- What to wear with ripped jeans
- Outfit inspiration from celebrities
- How to make DIY ripped jeans
- Where you can buy your next pai
What to wear with ripped jeans
There is no right or wrong way to wear ripped jeans, however depending on what look you’re going for, whether it be the ‘hipster’ look, the ‘rockstar’ look or maybe even the ‘gangster rapper’ look. It all makes teaming your jeans up with the right garments extremely important.
Take Kanye West for example; being a huge fan of distressed denim, he always manages to pull off a super cool, edgy look. Rarely finding him in anything other than black, he does this by teaming the denims with a baggy logo tee (usually from his own ‘Yeezy’ brand). The baggy-ness of the tee compliments the skinniness of the ripped denims nicely.
Another sucker for a pair of ripped jeans is Harry Styles. Now, Harry doesn’t go as distressed as Kanye, he usually dons a single rip over one knee with the same skinny style. He teams this with a plain black or olive colour V-neck tee giving him that ‘rockstar’ touch we all desire.
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How to make DIY ripped jeans
Making your own pair of ripped jeans is surprisingly simple. Follow the below steps (adding your own unique twist along the way) for a special pair of denims all your friends will be asking about…
The first step is picking out which pair of jeans you want to rip. Tight or baggy? Black or blue? We find it’s best to do a few trial runs with either a pair of jeans you don’t really wear, or denim you’ve picked up cheap. If you want your jeans to look extra-worn, wash them a few times in hot water and a little bleach before you get started.
To really make jeans look authentically ripped, it pays to distress them a bit before you start cutting the holes. To do this, you’ll want to grab some sandpaper or a paint-removing block, steel wool, and a pumice stone. For the holes, use a pair of super-sharp, small scissors, an X-Acto knife, or a box cutter. We like to use a piece of cardboard or a small wooden block inside the pant legs so you don’t alter the back of the jeans—unless you want to.
Use a pen, chalk or a safety-pin to denote exactly where you want your rips and/or distressed areas. You might want to grab a ruler, too. It’s key do this while you’re standing.
After your jeans are sufficiently distressed, take your scissors or knife and use the edge (not the tip) to start horizontally scraping the area where you want your rips to be. If you don’t want holes all the way through, scrape enough that you start to see the white horizontal threads beneath the denim’s surface. Once you’re there, you can start using a tweezer to fray the threads. If skin is what you’re after, start cutting the distressed areas with your knife or scissors.
Where to buy your next pair
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