Distressed Denim: How to Wear It

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Can distressed denim be worn over a certain age?  Can it be work-appropriate?  My answers are yes, and definitely yes!  I don’t believe in these so-called rules of women over 30 can only dress like old ladies.  Look at Jennifer Anniston, Susan Sarandon, and Dame Helen Mirren.  They rock whatever style they feel like rocking.  I can hear you saying, “yeah, but they’re celebs, and they have different rules.”  I beg to differ.  Read on to see why I think we all can wear distressed denim any time we feel like it!


This is one of those times where people who work at creative companies are much luckier than people who work at more traditional companies.  For example, I can get away with wearing distressed jeans at work, while my sister, who works in a law firm, can’t.  Of course, it also means my jean collection is somewhat unruly.

In fact, I’ve worn these black distressed jeans to work…

Distressed Jeans at work

The good thing about these black jeans are that they’re not too distressed, can you even see them there?  When I throw on some heels, it makes the outfit seem more of a fashion choice than throwing on ripped jeans.

Here are some more jeans I consider work appropriate and that I consider the “DO’s.”



Mid rise destructed easy jeggings – GAP | Modern Skinny Jeans in
Destructed Indigo Wash – LOFT | Krista Distressed Super Skinny Jeans – HUDSON JEANS |
Catherine Boyfriend Cuffed Jeans – KUT FROM THE KLOTH

I’d also throw on a pair of distressed jeans like these  for the weekend as well with some kicks or flip flops.  I am a big fan of these.



Of course, there are certain jeans that I believe a no-no’s.  Not just for work, but for every day living.  Please don’t make the mistakes of buying these and traipsing around in them.


Too much distressing is… frankly, distressing.  A little goes a long way with ripped jeans.  If you’re going to show off so much leg, why not just wear jean shorts?  I’m also not a fan of adding anything to the jeans, either go with the distressed or nothing.  Adding fishnets, pearls, or patches makes for a messy look.  In a way it’s similar to the old thought of taking off one item before you leave the house.  Only, in this case you’re leaving one thing on the jeans at a time.

Here are a few of my choices for what NOT to do.


Original Mom Jeans in Pretty Mid Wash with Pearl Detail Rips – ASOS | Wide Leg Ladder Rip Jeans With Fishnet in Washed Black – ASOS | Glamorous Relaxed Mom Jeans With Distressed Bows – ASOS | Riot Ripped High Rise Jeans With Emoji Print – MISGUIDED

What do you all think?  Do you agree or disagree?  Let us know in the comments below!

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