Kristin Booker • May 1, 2009

MTV Fashion Flashback: Def Leppard and the Ripped Denim Trend

Those of us who grew up in the 80’s can’t help but smile at the ripped jeans trend. Many of us who have recently faced (or about to face) high school reunions remember shredding perfectly good pairs of jeans so knees and other snippet-sized views of flesh showed through. This homage to all things rebel and rock and roll has made its way into fashion again and many are staring at it with concern: can you really rock this trend twice without looking like you’re trying too hard?

The answer is decidedly “yes” as long as you keep in mind that the full-on concert t-shirt/studded boots/fringe jacket trend is better saved for Halloween. A ripped jean is an incredibly sexy take on the 80’s look and a fun alternative for warm weather (hello, built-in ventilation.) Just be sure to keep your top simple and streamlined but as far as shoes and accessories go, feel free to play with anything but sneakers.

There is a difference between ripped and destroyed. This pair of Levi’s 501’s Boyfriend Cut Patched and Repaired Jeans ($78) is an understated way to try the trend. Those looking to fully commit to their roll and roll look should try the Levi’s Capital E 501 Boyfriend Jeans in Destructed Wash ($248).

Either pair of these jeans paired can be paired with this Silence and Noise Silver Zip Trimmed Tank ($29.99). Those who love fringe can pair the ensemble with this Whiting and Davis Crystal Fringe Mesh Frame Clutch ($245.)

Go ahead and rock the ripped jeans trend and for good measure, enjoy the video while you get ready tonight. Maybe it’s time to pour a little sugar on it.


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