STYLE GURU STYLE: Ripped-Up Rebel

Ever since destructed denim made its debut several years ago, I’ve been obsessed with learning how to incorporate the ripped-jean look into my own style. Distressed clothing is the perfect way to add a little extra edge or a rebellious touch to an otherwise simple outfit without looking like you’re trying too hard to stay on trend. This is exactly why it has turned into one of my go-to looks when I’m trying to keep it casual yet still stylish.

Taking a bit of inspiration from the Au Jour Le Jour spring 2015 ready-to-wear collection, which featured some gnarly pairs of ripped-up denim, I combined a classic pair of black ripped skinny jeans with a destructed gray V-neck and some staple slip-on sneakers. I decided to swap their torn up jean jacket for a simple holey t-shirt in order to make the outfit a bit less over-the-top and more wearable. My denim most closely mimicked the bottoms displayed by Au Jour Le Jour, as they are also high-waisted and only torn at the knees. While I didn’t use the same exact color palette as shown in the runway show, I too kept my look monochrome featuring all black and gray pieces. I also took inspiration from how the brand styled footwear with a destructed ensemble by pairing some basic slip-on sneakers with an otherwise torn-up outfit.

In order to make my look even more appropriate for a casual day in downtown Ann Arbor, I also chose to tone down my accessories and keep my hair & makeup minimal but slightly messy. I threw on a chunky pair of black sunglasses that stuck with my monochrome theme and kept my top-knot bun from looking a little too laid-back.

With different destructed denim looks hitting the runway nearly every season, it can be hard to figure out how to style the rebellious trend. Pairing ripped bottoms with other simple pieces will allow you to highlight the style without looking like you’re trying too hard to achieve a more casual look.

Get My Look: 1. Ripped-knee jeans. 2. Slip-on sneakers. 3. Destructed T-shirt.