No matter how involved or uninvolved you are in the world of fashion, denim pieces from jeans to shorts to denim jackets are a staple in almost every modern woman’s wardrobe. They’re cute, casual, comfortable, and match with pretty much every outfit you can think to wear. Denim pieces in and of themselves are great, but distressed denim is basically regular denim’s cooler cousin. Ripped jeans and torn denim jackets have the casual and carefree appeal of an intact denim piece with a bit of added style and flair.
Unfortunately, however, distressed denim also has the power to make you look like an unfashionable slob. Wearing a pair of slitted cutoffs or a ripped denim vest can feel like playing a risky game of fashion roulette. While you can hope that your outfit comes off as stylish, it might just look sloppy or ’90s grunge instead. However, wearing distressed denim doesn’t have to be randomly hit or miss. In fact, there are many foolproof ways to wear distressed denim pieces and end up with a look that’s both casually trendy and put-together.
1. Wear a Button-Down
If you’re worried about looking sloppy or grungy in distressed denim, just add a button-down to your look. A button-down shirt adds an instant touch of class to any outfit. Also, it can help you dress up your ripped jeans to make them appropriate for a wide range of everyday occasions.
Try pairing ripped black skinny jeans with an untucked patterned button-down shirt and black booties to get a polished look with plenty of flair. Or, tuck a solid, fitted button-down into lighter, high-waisted distressed jeans for a casual yet put-together finish.
2. Stay Balanced
It is very important to balance your look when you wear distressed denim. Because distressed denim pieces are so eye-catching, you run the risk of letting them overpower your whole look if you aren’t careful to keep it balanced.
There are many different ways to balance out your look. Incorporating subtle accessories is one of the most foolproof methods. Add a delicate metal choker necklace to draw attention to your neck and face. Or, throw on a belt with an eye-catching metal buckle to steal some of the focus away from your jeans or denim jacket. The power is in the details. However, just make sure to keep your accessories simple so your look doesn’t come off as too crowded or busy.
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