Ripped Denim: How To Make The Street Style Trend Work For You

23 October 2013 by

Jeans - the most democratic of wardrobe staples - have taken centre stage this season, at least when it comes to the style spotted off the catwalk. Bloggers and editors alike have embraced grunged-up, retro style denims often binning their skinnies and opting to work high-waisted cuts, heavily faded washes and revealing plenty of skin through ripped knees and frayed seams.

So if you are looking to recreate the look, what are the rules to follow? Firstly its important to make sure your jeans fit you somewhere. If they are too big at the waist, hip and leg, they will inevitably swamp you. It goes without saying that rolling the leg length is vital – by revealing a slim ankle you will instantly balance out an oversized denim silhouette.

When it comes to rips, the questions is when it too much, just too much? When you are extremely young, thigh to ankle rips are just about acceptable, but all that skin on show in a more mature woman can begin to look a touch mutton. Knee rips are always acceptable, whereas bum cheek rips are rarely so. unless of course you are actually Rihanna.

Of course you don’t have to go for ripped jeans at all. As a rule ripped styles do not work well in an office environment, so its far safer to plump for a clean, carrot shaped cut – slung low on the hips, wide in the leg and rolled narrow at the ankle. Vintage 501s – extensively available in all sizes at an Urban Outfitters are a great choice, but youll also find similar styles at Topshop and Asos. As for how to wear them, look no further than the stylish labels snapped in our gallery above. Click, click, click….


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