Monday, November 16, 2009

Denim SOS

Distressed jeans are an of-the-moment look. If you see a pair that's ripped, frayed, bleached out and/or deconstructed beyond recognition, don't call for an SOS--just call it super cool.

This is undoubtedly a tricky trend to pull off. Women scour the earth for perfect-fitting jeans, so why mess with a good thing? It's simply a fun way to take an American original, and make it feel new. Distressed jeans do require a special eye for the right pair, so here’s a word to the wise:

1.) Consider what shape looks best. Regardless of the skinny, slouchy and wide leg trends that prevail today, these may not be the right fit for your figure. Fit always trumps trends.

2.) Opt for small touches. If you like rips, make sure they hit at the knees. Anything higher may produce "thigh flesh" and that’s a no-no. For bleached spots, light-colored and acid washes, use good judgement and beware of their position on your lower half.

3.) Distressed jeans are an outfit's focal point, so pair them with a neutral backdrop for a balanced look. It’s a subtle way to show your cool-factor.

4.) Styling is key. Go for one unique piece to compliment: a chunky gold watch, a thick cuff or even a bib necklace. Pair with shoes that are super tough (patent bootie) or ultra feminine (satin pumps with bows).

5.) If you want to save a few $, go DIY.  Sandpaper, scissors and good old-fashioned bleach will do the distressed trick to any pair of jeans.  Use cation with the chemicals.


Aegean Boyfriend Jeans Express:

Frayed Black Jeans Forever 21:


Distressed Boyfriend Jeans Nighshade Wash New York & Company:

Apple Bottoms Distressed Cigarette Macys:

BDG Acid Wash Skinny Urban Outfitters:

Bleached Knit Jean Leggings (i.e. "Jeggings")

Distressed Skinny Banana Republic: