What Is The Ideal Amount Of Distressing On Jeans?
One thing we all can agree on here is that we love denim, whether it’s distressed, plain, washed, raw, skinny, loose… We can’t get enough of it, but one of the age old questions that I often find myself asking is ‘how do you prefer your distressing?’ as I know it varies greatly. Some of us like our lovely distressed jeans to be minimal with a few scuffs and tears here and there, while others prefer something extreme with big rips and open holes (One Teaspoon springs to mind).
I know that the fashion trends differ from season to season and certain styles come in and out, or the seasons impact it because heavily ripped jeans are not very suitable for the winter, but are much better for the summer seasons for ventilation. At the end of the day though, it always comes down to our personal preference and what we think is too much, or too little when it comes to rips and abrasions on our baby blues.
The four different pairs of jeans above I think really demonstrate how unique distressing can be, and I’m sure you find yourself gravitating towards one as a favourite from each. For me personally, it’s number 2 (GOOD AMERICAN) or 4 (Levi’s). I would have gone for number 3 (GOOD AMERICAN) not all that long ago, and even number 1 (PAIGE) when I was younger, but my tastes have changed a lot over the years and I tend to prefer something more minimal and subtle, but it has to look authentic and intentional. I also need it to be on skinny jeans or straight leg as I don’t like distressing on bootcuts or flares unless they’re cropped and designed to be worn casually. I’m ok with it on boyfriend jeans too obviously, as I once had a pair of AG Ex-Boyfriend jeans that were amazing!
I remember there was a time when people were afraid of distressing, especially designers. I was once doing a collaboration with PAIGE and I remember drawing out a pair of jeans that had similar distressing to the Dylan George Lucy in Czar (If anyone remembers those old school jeans? If not, click here) but they unfortunately got rejected as the brand wasn’t ready for that heavy amount of distressing, but then fast forward a few years and they were releasing jeans with even more rips and tears, just like picture one above, so I know it definitely depends on where people’s minds are at in terms of trends too.
Getting to the point about the jeans having to look authentic when it comes to distressing though, I did a blog post the other day on the best vintage style jeans for 2019 and I think a lot of those have an ideal amount of it. As an example, these Levi’s jeans are perfect to me, whereas I think this pair here on ASOS are just too much. So, I would love to know, how do you prefer your distressing? Or does it all come down to the specific wash and jean for you? Comment below!
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