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LOVE IT OR HATE IT—Destroyed Denim

April 21st, 2016 at 2:00am

I have the world’s nicest mom. She’s one of those people that thinks everything her kids do is the best thing ever, sends me care packages as an adult and is always so damn smiley. In the world of Brenda Levin, I can seem to do no wrong.

I say this not just to humble brag, but to create a backdrop for you. Because there is only one thing that seems to grind her gears. What, may you ask, makes this saint of a woman perturbed? No, it’s not that I curse with questionably alarming frequency or fail to do my laundry for three weeks at a time.

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It’s when I wear ripped jeans. My mom literally hates ripped jeans. She can’t understand why 1. I would voluntarily wear something with holes and 2. I would pay any amount of money for such an item.

I, on the other hand, love ripped jeans. As someone who seems accident prone, ripped jeans take the stress out of the inevitable tear, rip or stain. Distressed denim allows you to have a grunge look while still showering. Plus, I secretly feel super “cool” when I wear them, so there’s that.

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And while ripped jeans have been popular for several seasons now, destroyed denim takes the look to a HOLE new level. (Did I mention I also love puns?) The name says it all. The denim to holes ratio is pretty much one-to-one. Destroyed denim have essentially been ripped so much that a passerby wonders if you and your pants have just survived some major catastrophe or bizarre run-in with a shredder.

Not so surprisingly then, I am a fan of destroyed denim. In my world, the less they resemble actual, wearable pants, the better. Because I think we can all agree the best kind of pants are no pants. I want my denim to be so destroyed that they are literally hanging on by a thread. Are they pants or just shreds of fabric? Who knows and who cares?! Plus, with spring in the air and summer right around the corner, these breezy bottoms are a great alternative to all my fellow friends out there who avoid shorts at all costs.

So my dear destroyed denim, in the words of the poet Justin Beiber, “My mama don’t like you and she likes everyone.” But then again, every child needs to rebel, so you might as well do it in style.

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What’s your take on destroyed denim? Love it or hate it? Sound off on social media using the hashtag #collegefashionista!