Are you tight on funds at the moment, or are you wearing
ripped jeans because you want to? Either way is cool.
Just because my jeans are tattered and torn does not mean
that I am wearing them out of necessity. Believe it or not, this year I
can actually afford a new pair of pants. In the old days, wearing a pair
of ripped jeans indicated that the wearer could not afford a new pair of jeans
(or their mother had not yet had enough time to patch them). In the latter
half of the 1990’s, wearing ripped jeans became a purposeful style and not
necessarily a sign of a person’s financial situation.
This style became popular in the
late 1980s during the hard rock/heavy metal era and in the 1990s and 2000s
being worn by grunge artists such as Kurt Cobain and others. Ripped denim was
also part of the
The word rip means to cut or tear
apart. This can occur by accident or it can be done on purpose.
Ripped jeans are jeans with rips, often on the knees, but can be in various
locations. Worn and ripped jeans are also referred to as
However, distressed jeans do not necessarily have to have complete rips.
Ripped jeans may arise naturally as a result of wear and
tear, but jeans are also deliberately distressed by suppliers during the
manufacturing process. They should not be confused with used jeans.
Just because they have rips it does not necessarily mean that they are
When wearing ripped jeans or other products beyond their
normal replacement date, one reduces the number of jeans purchased and thereby
actually helps the environment.
If you are unhappy with the rips
in your jeans, you may want to cut the legs off entirely and turn them into
Here are some interesting links to help you further
research this subject:
History of Ripped Jeans (Apparel Search Terms)
Ripped Jeans Blog Posts (Fashion Blog)
What are ripped jeans? (WiseGeek)
Everything You Need to Know about Ripped Jeans (GQ)
How to rip your own jeans (WikiHow) – just in case you could not figure out
how to do it yourself.
Do you want where pants with small tares or completely
blown out knees? Blue, skinny, plus size, and slim styles all work well as
ripped jeans. Pick your style, grab some scissors and go for it.
Have fun. If you cut around the knees too far, you can always wear them as
High cost designer jeans often have rips and other
special finishes added at the time of manufacturing. Learn more about
designer jeans and why they can be more
expensive than some of the regular brands.
Links of possible interest:
If you are not a fan of ripped
jeans, you may be a fan of a
ripped stomach in jeans.
ripped jeans in our fashion terms section.
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