Style: Jean-ius Tips for Rocking Distressed Denim

At this point in the summer, just the thought of wearing anything but bare legs is enough to make you break out in a sweat. And even though you’re getting plenty of wear out your summer shorts, skirts, and sundresses right now, it won’t be 90 degrees forever—which means jeans will be working themselves back into your outfit rotation before you know it. One thing you should be ready to rock when they do? A pair (or six) of distressed denim.

This classic denim style is by no means new, but if it’s your first time trying out the trend, we’ve got a few quick tips for pulling off the look. Check them out below, then ask your personal stylist to send you a pair of our favorite distressed denim when you order your next Style Edit.

 

1. Start small

You don’t have to jump straight into 4-inch holes and distressing from hip to ankle to get in on one of denim’s hottest trends. Instead, start small by picking a pair that’s frayed at the ankle, has a skinny knee slit, or has small (think 1- or 2-inch) distressed patches. Once you’re comfortable with sporting these styles, you can confidently move on to jeans with large-scale distressing.

2. Break ‘em in

Even the best distressed jeans need some time to feel comfortably worn in and look like a vintage pair you’ve had for decades. Wear each new pair you buy as often as possible to give them that softened, naturally distressed look you’re going for—the more you wear them, the more the threads will fray and the holes will expand (and yes, that’s a good thing). Want to stretch out knee slits? Wear them around the house or while running errands to help them open up and look more natural in no time.

3. Stick with what you know

Distressed denim can make a major statement, so to feel most comfortable and confident when you’re first trying it out, choose silhouettes you’re familiar with and look best in. If skinnies are your go-to, try a pair with some distressing at the knee, rather than a pair of high-waist boyfriend jeans. If loose-fitting styles are your favorites, don’t head straight for a slim pair with big holes on the thigh or slits at the knee.

4. Dress things up

Sure, distressed denim gives off a bit of a casual vibe—and should only be worn in laid-back office environments on the occasional Casual Friday—but elevating the style is a lot easier than you might think. Try a pair of distressed boyfriend or straight crop jeans with chunky, lace-up heels and a white button down for the perfect casual-chic weekend look, or throw on distressed skinnies with a silk cami and pumps for a date-night style. Even something as simple as a tee and statement necklace or bold red lip can take broken-in denim to the next level.

5. Go for black

While a washed-out, distressed pair of jeans is a classic every woman needs in her closet, a great pair of black denim is a must-own too. This sleek shade is the simplest way to inject instant edge into any look, especially when you pair it with a leather jacket or booties come fall.

Ready to give distressed denim a try? Order one of our Style Edits today, and ask your personal stylist to send you the perfect pair.