How to Style Ripped Jeans

* This post is sponsored by True Religion brand jeans.

 Denim jeans are a fashion staple, with most women having at least two pairs in their wardrobe. One denim trend that I have yet to try (but would like to) is the distressed look, so I thought before committing to buying a pair I would see how I could style them. A good way to dip your toe into a trend is to try the ‘light’ version, and this pair of Halle Super Skinny Womens Jeans from True Religion are perfect.

How to Style Ripped Jeans for Women

How to Style Ripped Jeans for Women


Centre – True Religion Brand Jeans Halle Super Skinny Womens Jean – $377.04 | 1. Cue Crepe Sleeveless Pleat Top – $90.30 (on sale) | 2. The Adorn Collective Candy Aqua – $45 | 3. Diana Ferrari Tiffanie Patent Heel – $139.95 | 4. Witchery Key Hole Back Tee – $49.95 | 5. The Adorn Collective T-Shirt Necklace – $25 | 6. Nike Roshe Run shoes – $100

You know that I love versatile pieces in my wardrobe. I don’t buy things if they will only work with one other item, and these jeans are no exception. I decided to try and dress them up and down, to show that they could be worn on a variety of occasions.

Jeans are often a go-to for a night out, and are perfect when dressed up with heels. I wouldn’t wear heavily ripped jeans on a dressier night out, but the Halle jeans are a happy medium. The patent red of the heels plays off against the red in the necklace, but you could easily wear a blue, pink or gold shoe too. You can’t beat a pop of colour against a white, neutral or black top. This look would also look great with a black blazer and coloured ballet flats for a shopping date, or even casual Friday in the office.

The second version of the outfit is a casual one. The tee provides a neutral base, and the relaxed shape works well with the fitted look of the jeans. It has a key-hole in the back which adds an interesting feature. I have been coveting a pair of black and white Nike Roshe runners for a while now, but I also loved the grey print on this version. The splash of citrus adds a little bit of colour to the outfit, and compliments the zest of the yellow The Adorn Collective t-shirt necklace. You could also roll the jeans up for an extra casual look, and to show off the funky shoes.

Style Unearthed’s tips for wearing ripped jeans

1. Play up the rips and keep the rest of the outfit simple. Choose neutral colours for tops and shirts, and play with colours in your accessories. A bright necklace, shoe or bag will add a splash of colour, but let the rips in the jeans feature as the star of the outfit.

2. Try different styles. Both skinny and boyfriend styles are ideal ripped jeans for women. The boyfriend jeans can be cuffed at the bottom and worn with ballet flats or trainers. Jean shorts also look good when ripped, but I would pick either rips or short length, not both (leave that to the teens!).

3. You can do it yourself. Don’t be afraid to distress an old pair of your favourite jeans. There are many tutorials around online that you can follow, and in the process making a pair of jeans that are truly yours.

 Do you wear ripped jeans? How do you style them?


12 thoughts on “How to Style Ripped Jeans

  1. Love your tips Sarah! Such a great pair of jeans and I love the way you’ve styled them. I’m yet to dip my toe into distressed jean territory but a pair like these look like the perfect introduction – distressed but not too distressed. Love it! x

  2. I haven’t delved into the ripped jeans trend… Yet? Not sure if I would to be honest. Maybe I’m just a classic girl at heart. But I do love it on others though.

  3. The only pair of jeans I own are a distressed pair of boyfriend jeans. I LOVE them as they’re so versatile. From flats to heels they can be dressed up or down.

  4. I love love love my distressed jeans – I have 2 pairs and they are really my go to option. So many ways to wear them. I prefer the boyfriend version but not adverse to skinny’s in the right wash.

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