Ripped Jeans… Distressed Jeans… The 1980’s Are Back

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Ripped Jeans… Distressed Jeans… The 1980’s Are Back
Katie Cassidy In Distressed Jeans From Rag & Bone, and Jumper From Scoop

Distressed denim first hit us in the 1980s, but the fashion faded like a bleach bath. Now it’s back with a vengeance, and it’s all about style. Consult bloggers like Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific, and Natalie Suarez of Natalie Off Duty, to see what we mean. Or check out Rihanna (if you’re not already doing so). She also knows a trend when she sees it, and has embraced this look one hundred percent.

Ripped jeans is alive and well, and has taken over the catwalks! The likes of Diesel, Just Cavalli, Phillip Lim and DKNY are walking the trend, while Heidi Klum and Sarah Jessica Parker are strutting it in Spring / Summer 2014. So get busy ripping or fraying your distressed wardrobe. Elevate pieces to chic status by teaming with a silk blouse and a pair of killer heels (cuffed jeans are what you want with stilettos). Top your outfits with a utility jacket or a coat with a masculine cut. If you can find the male version in your local second-hand shop, so much the better.

Have we set you thinking? Wear loose jeans with a blazer and pumps for daytime, or get into high waisted jeans and a cropped jacket. Later, switch to black ripped skinnies and a cute top, all under a wide brimmed hat. Don’t forget to rip your skirts, too! Add sexy pumps, and you’re ready for a night on the town. A graphic sweatshirt will pair perfectly with shredded jeans for the following day’s chillout, while the printed variety in shades of distressed pastel will suit your delicate mood.

When we say ripped, we don’t necessarily mean a couple of slits. Pull out chunks to expose knees, and even openings from below the thigh, bearing in mind that the rips will increase in size with each wash. Thick jeans are best for this – let Shini from Park & Cube initiate you.

Frayed waistcoats are a versatile addition – try them over flimsy springtime dresses. Cropped or oversized both work well. Remember that nothing is sacred this season – drag out your pencil skirt, kicking and screaming, for the frayed and distressed treatment, too.

Studs, tie dyes and acid wash are all there to jolt our imaginations, and if yours isn’t running riot, why not? We could kick off a peaceful revolution in do-it-yourself punk style, so get customising and personalising your distressed denim now. You owe it to the world!

The featured photo is of Katie Cassidy In Distressed Jeans From Rag & Bone, and Jumper From Scoop

Mary Seng is wearing a blue and white shirt from Wren, distressed jeans from Blank NYC, sandals from Rag & Bone and the bag is from Chanel

Mary Seng is wearing a blue and white shirt from Wren, distressed jeans from Blank NYC, sandals from Rag & Bone and the bag is from Chanel

Figtny is wearing all black, drape top from Helmut Lang, ripped jeans from Zara, boots from Isabel Marant and the bag is from Proenza Schouler

Figtny is wearing all black, drape top from Helmut Lang, ripped jeans from Zara, boots from Isabel Marant and the bag is from Proenza Schouler

Johanna Olsson is wearing ripped boyfriend jeans from AG and shoes from Giuseppe Zanotti

Johanna Olsson is wearing ripped boyfriend jeans from AG and shoes from Giuseppe Zanotti

Jacey Duprie is wearing a distressed denim jeans from Express, bag from Chanel, sunglasses from RayBan, shoes from Prada and the blazer is from Helmut Lang

Jacey Duprie is wearing a distressed denim jeans from Express, bag from Chanel, sunglasses from RayBan, shoes from Prada and the blazer is from Helmut Lang

Jennifer Grace is wearing sunglasses from Ray-Ban, top from MadeWorn, ripped jeans from UNIF, bag from Celine and sandals from Saint Laurent

Jennifer Grace is wearing sunglasses from Ray-Ban, top from MadeWorn, ripped jeans from UNIF, bag from Celine and sandals from Saint Laurent

Damla Yaraman is wearing a jacket from Armani Exchange, jumper from H&M, scarf from Cotton Therapy, bag from DKNY and the jeans are from JunkYard

Damla Yaraman is wearing a jacket from Armani Exchange, jumper from H&M, scarf from Cotton Therapy, bag from DKNY and the jeans are from JunkYard

Mija is wearing a grey mohair cardigan from Acne Studios, ripped boyfriend jeans from Citizens of Humanity, bag from Alexander Wang, striped tee from NoName and black Birkenstocks

Mija is wearing a grey mohair cardigan from Acne Studios, ripped boyfriend jeans from Citizens of Humanity, bag from Alexander Wang, striped tee from NoName and black Birkenstocks

Cindy Van Der Heyden is wearing distressed jeans from One Teaspoon, blazer from Zara, shoes from Alexander Wang, clutch from Jill Sander and sunglasses from DitaCindy Van Der Heyden is wearing distressed jeans from One Teaspoon, blazer from Zara, shoes from Alexander Wang, clutch from Jill Sander and sunglasses from Dita

Blair Eadie is wearing a top from Equipment, ripped jeans from Current Elliott, shoes from Gianvito Rossi and sunglasses from Valentino

Blair Eadie is wearing a top from Equipment, ripped jeans from Current Elliott, shoes from Gianvito Rossi and sunglasses from Valentino

Caroline Blomst is wearing a black tank top from H&M, ripped jeans from Zara, sandals from Balenciaga and the bag is from Saint Laurent

Caroline Blomst is wearing a black tank top from H&M, ripped jeans from Zara, sandals from Balenciaga and the bag is from Saint Laurent

Mary Seng is wearing a brown top from The Kooples, distressed black jeans from Current Elliott, denim jacket from TopShop, black sneakers from Nike and the bag is from H&M

Mary Seng is wearing a brown top from The Kooples, distressed black jeans from Current Elliott, denim jacket from TopShop, black sneakers from Nike and the bag is from H&M

Julie Sarinana is wearing a teal shirt from am & Lavi, grey skinny jeans from Iro Cortez and espadrilles by Vince

Julie Sarinana is wearing a teal shirt from am & Lavi, grey skinny jeans from Iro Cortez and espadrilles by Vince

Cindy Van Der Heyden is wearing ripped white jeans from Zara, white top and leopard heels and a PS11 bagCindy Van Der Heyden is wearing ripped white jeans from Zara, white top and leopard heels and a PS11 bag

Anouk Yve is wearing a oversized shirt from LemLem, ripped jeans from Zara, sneakers from Chanel, and bag from Laurent

Anouk Yve is wearing a oversized shirt from LemLem, ripped jeans from Zara, sneakers from Chanel, and bag from Laurent

Zoe Jonak is wearing grey knit from American Apparel, jeans from Zara, bag from Antik Batik and the boots are from Acne

Zoé Alalouch is wearing grey knit from American Apparel, ripped jeans from Zara, bag from Antik Batik and the boots are from Acne

Tanya from Tini Tani is wearing distressed jeans from Be Free and Floral top designed by Tanya

Tanya from Tini Tani is wearing distressed jeans from Be Free and Floral top designed by Tanya

Kristina Bazan in olive shirt and ripped jeans

Kristina Bazan in olive shirt and ripped jeans

Kim Le is wearing top, kimono and ripped jeans from Morning Lavender, sunglasses from TopShop, bag from Louis Vuitton and the shoes are from Steve Madden

Kim Le is wearing top, kimono and ripped jeans from Morning Lavender, sunglasses from TopShop, bag from Louis Vuitton and the shoes are from Steve Madden

Paulien is wearing a chequered shirt from Women'Secret, ripped jeans from Zara, slides from Michael Kors, bag from Balenciaga and Sunglasses from Celine

Paulien is wearing a chequered shirt from Women’Secret, ripped jeans from Zara, slides from Michael Kors, bag from Balenciaga and Sunglasses from Celine

Carmen Hamilton is wearing an oversized grey coat from Life With Bird, black cami from J. Brand, pair of white ripped jeans from ASOS, clutch from Saint Laurent

Carmen Hamilton is wearing an oversized grey coat from Life With Bird, black cami from J. Brand, pair of white ripped jeans from ASOS and a clutch from Saint Laurent

Samantha Hutchinson Is Wearing A T-Shirt From Everlane, Distressed White Jeans From Current/Elliott, Blazer From Joie, Sneakers From Converse And Tote From Celine

Samantha Hutchinson Is Wearing A T-Shirt From Everlane, Distressed White Jeans From Current/Elliott, Blazer From Joie, Sneakers From Converse And Tote From Celine

Mary Seng Is Wearing A Ripped Jeans From Zara, Shoes From French Connection, Bag From Chanel

Mary Seng Is Wearing A Ripped Jeans From Zara, Shoes From French Connection, Bag From Chanel

Zina Charkopoliac Is Wearing Distressed Jeans From Pepe, Sandals From Randa, Kimono From Zara, Crop Top From SuiteBlanco And A Bag From Furla

Zina Charkopoliac Is Wearing Distressed Jeans From Pepe, Sandals From Randa, Kimono From Zara, Crop Top From SuiteBlanco And A Bag From Furla

Johanna Olsson Is Wearing Distressed Jeans From Denim and Supply, And Nude Shoes From Christian Loboutin

Johanna Olsson Is Wearing Distressed Jeans From Denim and Supply, And Nude Shoes From Christian Loboutin

Alexandra Pereira Is Wearing Pale Blue Shirt From Chicwish, Ripped White Jeans From Suiteblanco, Shoes From Zara And Bag From Valentino

Alexandra Pereira Is Wearing Pale Blue Shirt From Chicwish, Ripped White Jeans From Suiteblanco, Shoes From Zara And Bag From Valentino

Rebecca Laurey Is Wearing Leather Jacket From West 14th, Light Blue Shirt From Mango, Distressed Jeans, Shoes And Clutch From Twin-Set

Rebecca Laurey Is Wearing Leather Jacket From West 14th, Light Blue Shirt From Mango, Distressed Jeans, Shoes And Clutch From Twin-Set

Rebecca Laurey Is Wearing Leather Jacket From West 14th, Light Blue Shirt From Mango, Distressed Jeans, Shoes And Clutch From Twin-Set

Song Of Style Is Wearing Trench Coat From Zadig et Voltaire, Black Distressed Skinny Jeans From Current Elliot, Black Crew Neck Tee From And Boots From Beau Coops

Song Of Style Is Wearing Trench Coat From Zadig et Voltaire, Black Distressed Skinny Jeans From Current Elliot, Black Crew Neck Tee From And Boots From Beau Coops

Stone Muse Is Wearing Knit Jumper And Long T-Shirt From H&M And Ripped Jeans

Stone Muse Is Wearing Knit Jumper And Long T-Shirt From H&M And Ripped Jeans

Sincerely Jules Is Wearing A Trench Coat From Babaton, Ripped Boyfriend Jeans By AG Adriano Goldschmied, Flats From Alexander Wang, Bag From Proenza Schouler And Sunglasses From Karen Walker

Sincerely Jules Is Wearing A Trench Coat From Babaton, Ripped Boyfriend Jeans By AG Adriano Goldschmied, Flats From Alexander Wang, Bag From Proenza Schouler And Sunglasses From Karen Walker

Anouk Yve Is Wearing Blazer And Belt From Zara, Boyfriend Tee From ASOS,  Ripped Jeans From Paige Denim, bag From Mulberry, And The Nude Shoes Are From Christian Louboutin

Anouk Yve Is Wearing Blazer And Belt From Zara, Boyfriend Tee From ASOS,  Ripped Jeans From Paige Denim, bag From Mulberry, And The Nude Shoes Are From Christian Louboutin

Anouk Yve Is Wearing Ripped Jeans From H&M, Shoes From Reiss, Boyfriend's Shirt And Jumper From Wood Wood

Anouk Yve Is Wearing Ripped Jeans From H&M, Shoes From Reiss, Boyfriend’s Shirt And Jumper From Wood Wood

Peony Is Wearing Shoes From Pura Lopez, Ripped Jeans From Zara, Shirt From Thomas Pink And Bag And Belt From Hermes

Peony Is Wearing Shoes From Pura Lopez, Ripped Jeans From Zara, Shirt From Thomas Pink And Bag And Belt From Hermes

Happily Grey Is Wearing A White Jacket From Iro, White Ramones T-Shirt From Goodnight Macaroon, And Ripped Denim Jeans From Zara

Happily Grey Is Wearing A White Jacket From Iro, White Ramones T-Shirt From Goodnight Macaroon, And Ripped Denim Jeans From Zara

Lucy Laucht Wearing Ripped J. Crew Jeans

Lucy Laucht Wearing Ripped J. Crew Jeans

 Happily Grey Is Wearing Cardigan From Subtle Luxury, T-Shirt From Old Navy, The Chambray Is From Gap And The Shorts From Nordstrom

Happily Grey Is Wearing Cardigan From Subtle Luxury, T-Shirt From Old Navy, The Chambray Is From Gap And The Shorts From Nordstrom

Mija Is Wearing Oversized Blazer From Mango, Black T-Shirt From Bassike, Ripped Jeans 501's From Levis, And Sneakers By Vans Full Post

Mija Is Wearing Oversized Blazer From Mango, Black T-Shirt From Bassike, Ripped Jeans 501’s From Levis, And Sneakers By Vans

Peace Love Shea In Trenchcoat From A.L.C, Crochet Top From Isabel Marant And Distressed Jeans From Teaspoon

Peace Love Shea In Trenchcoat From A.L.C, Crochet Top From Isabel Marant And Distressed Jeans From Teaspoon

Walk In Wonderland Is Wearing Top From Line and Dot, Ripped Jeans From Black Orchid Denim, Shoes From Shoe Dazzle And Bag From W Concept

Walk In Wonderland Is Wearing Top From Line and Dot, Ripped Jeans From Black Orchid Denim, Shoes From Shoe Dazzle And Bag From W Concept

Distressed Jeans Look 2014 Via T Styled Me

Distressed Jeans Look 2014 Via T Styled Me

Distressed Jeans In Spring/Summer 2014 Via Studded Hearts

Distressed Jeans In Spring/Summer 2014 Via Studded Hearts

Ripped Denim Shorts And Monochrome Purse Via Scent Of Obsession

Ripped Denim Shorts And Monochrome Purse Via Scent Of Obsession

Distressed Jeans Street Style 2014 Unknown Model/Photographer

Distressed Jeans Street Style 2014 Unknown Model/Photographer

Mija Is Wearing Blue Shirt And  Ripped Jeans From H&M, Trio Bag From Celine

Mija Is Wearing Blue Shirt And  Ripped Jeans From H&M, Trio Bag From Celine

 

 

Seams For Desire Wearing Leather Jacket From Zara, Ripped Jeans From Bershka And Bag From White

Seams For Desire Wearing Leather Jacket From Zara, Ripped Jeans From Bershka And Bag From White

Anna Rike Wearing Ripped Jeans From Tommy Hilfiger, Shirt From Massimo Dutti And Zara Shoes

Anna Rike Wearing Ripped Jeans From Tommy Hilfiger, Shirt From Massimo Dutti And Zara Shoes

Fashion Vibe Is Wearing Blazer From Zara, Top And Shoes From Zara, Ripped Jeans From Bershka And Rayban Sunglasses

Fashion Vibe Is Wearing Blazer From Zara, Top And Shoes From Zara, Ripped Jeans From Bershka And Rayban Sunglasses

Always Judging Wearing Blazer From Reese + Riley, Tank Top From Reformation And Distressed Denim Jeans From Wildfox

Always Judging Wearing Blazer From Reese + Riley, Tank Top From Reformation And Distressed Denim Jeans From Wildfox

 

 Hello Fashion Blog Is Wearing Theory Blazer, Tee By Alexander Wang Tank, Distressed Denim Jeans, And bag From Celine Bag

Hello Fashion Blog Is Wearing Theory Blazer, Tee By Alexander Wang Tank, Distressed Denim Jeans, And bag From Celine Bag

Kelly Connor Wearing Ripped Jeans From Nudie

Kelly Connor Wearing Ripped Jeans From Nudie

Trendy Taste In Distressed Jeans, Shirt From SW Paris-Buylevard, And Clutch From Adamarina

Trendy Taste In Distressed Jeans, Shirt From SW Paris-Buylevard, And Clutch From Adamarina

Ripped Jeans And Oversized Sweater Unknown Model/Photographer

Ripped Jeans And Oversized Sweater Unknown Model/Photographer

Neon Blush Wearing AG Shirt And Distressed Boyfriend Jeans, Cardigan From Forever 21, And Tote From Everlane, Zara Pumps

Neon Blush Wearing AG Shirt And Distressed Boyfriend Jeans, Cardigan From Forever 21, And Tote From Everlane, Zara Pumps

Walk In Wonderland In Top From Cami NYC And Distressed Denim Overalls From Black Orchid Denim

Walk In Wonderland In Top From Cami NYC  And Distressed Denim Overalls From Black Orchid Denim

London Street Style Love The Jeans Unknown Model/Photographer

London Street Style Love The Jeans Unknown Model/Photographer

Viva Luxury In Worn Gap 1969 Boyfriend Jeans, Michael Kors Bag, Dolce & Gabbana Floral Print Pumps And Pink Top

Viva Luxury In Worn Gap 1969 Boyfriend Jeans, Michael Kors Bag, Dolce & Gabbana Floral Print Pumps And Pink Top

Jessica Wearing Asos denim skirt, Madewell Denim Shirt, Windsor Smith Slides, Chanel Bag

Jessica Wearing Asos denim skirt, Madewell Denim Shirt, Windsor Smith Slides, Chanel Bag

Erica AKA Fashion Indie In BB Dakota Sweater, Gentle Fawn Coat, Dittos Brand Boyfriend Jeans, And ABS by Allen Schwartz Booties

Erica AKA Fashion Indie In BB Dakota Sweater, Gentle Fawn Coat, Dittos Brand Boyfriend Jeans, And ABS by Allen Schwartz Booties

Trendy Taste Is Wearing Jacket From Noisy May, Shirt And Distressed Jeans From Zara

Trendy Taste Is Wearing Jacket From Noisy May, Shirt And Distressed Jeans From Zara

 

Tina Maria is wearing a black lace top from Rosemunde, grey knit mesh jumper from Tiger of Sweden, trousers from Karen by Simonsen and boots from Billi Bi
Kayla Seah is wearing a black lace dress from Misha Collection
Heavy knit sweater and denim shorts Unknown Fashion Blogger
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