When you slip on a pair of distressed jeans, do you usually go for Amal Clooney's classy-trendy vibes or an edgy-badass feel like Selena Gomez's distressed jeans, which she recently rocked on Instagram? This afternoon, Gomez uploaded a picture of her in a pair of super distressed jeans. And when I say “super,” I mean the jeans basically look like they got into a fight with the washer...and won, of course!
Just imagine your prettiest pair of ripped jeans getting worn and washed over a hundred times and eventually expanding those rips into huge gaping holes — yup, that’s what Gomez was rocking this afternoon. She styled them with a strappy, black tank top, a sporty zip-up jacket, black booties, and a long, single feather necklace. I love how minimalistic she went with the rest of her outfit to really let her loud pair of jeans shine.
If you don't want to wait around for your ripped jeans to transform into super distressed ones like Selena’s, here are five pairs that can get you started on your search for the perfect pair. Pro tip: when shopping for a pair around the Interwebs, try using keywords like “trashed,” “cut-out,” “shredded,” and “exposed," if searching “distressed jeans” doesn’t bring up what you’re looking for.
Ready for some edgy inspiration?
1. Boyfriend Jeans
You could borrow your boyfriend's real jeans and rip them to shreds, or you could opt for these instead. (Hole In One Boyfriend Jeans, $38.36, loveculture.com)
2. Clean Cut Exposure
This pair keeps the distressed look neat and fresh with those clean cut-outs. Although these might be too warm to wear during the peak of summer, they will definitely be a closet staple during the transition from summer to fall. (Missguided Distressed Exposed Knee Jeans, $54.37, asos.com)
3. Dark Wash, High-Rise
Personally, I like to cuff my jeans a lot closer to my ankles, but with these jeans you can adjust the cuffs to where it feels the most comfortable for you. Most of all, I'm definitely loving the scruffy look of these distressed jeans. (Trashed High Waist Jeans, $47.99, pinkice.com)
4. Straight Jean Cut-Outs
If you're looking for a pair of distressed denim that can easily take you from a day to night look, you can get that these straight jeans. They'll look clean and slim on your legs while still holding that edge with the rips. I would go with a loose tee and chunky heels during the day, but for the evening, I'd add a blazer and a pair of strappy heels. (Sara Boyfriend Distressed Jeans, $44, boohoo.com)
5. Laid Back & Loose
These are the perfect pair for those days when you feel like wearing sweats or yoga pants, but still want to look put together. (Cut Out Shredded Boyfriend Jeans, $39.16, loveculture.com)
Image: selenagomez/Instagram; courtesy of brands