There are primarily three
Jeans ripped naturally be
frequent use or age of the denim.
Jeans ripped on purpose by
the owner of the garment.
Jeans ripped during the
manufacturing process on purpose.
Ripped jeans are denim jeans
with tear or rips, often on the knees but possibly in other locations on
They were popular in the late
during the hard rock/heavy metal era and in the 1990s and 2000s during
the grunge era. The punk culture also have been known to be fans
of fabrics with various blemishes.
Pants that are showing natural
or manipulated wear & tear are often referenced as distressed.
Worn and ripped jeans remain
popular as they are still sold in stores and manipulated by consumers
currently. In the early 2010s, ripped jeans came back in style, as a
90s revival, but were sometimes introduced as Distressed - similar to
ripped jeans, but the horizontal sewing point was occasionally removed
to look like it was distressed.
Not all distressed jeans are
worn as a fashion statement. Ripped jeans were simply a result of
over-wearing. Prior to the
1970's, ripped jeans
were mainly associated with the less fortunate. The lower end of the
working class could not afford to part with their denim.
Obviously, if a family cannot afford to purchase new pants, they may
continue wearing them past the point of their own personal preference.
The reality is that long before people were wearing torn jeans to
express personal style, people wear wearing torn clothing out of
Those who intentionally
display ripped jeans, are typically not poor but do this as a conscious
Which denim jean manufacturer
was the first to decide that it was OK to produce ripped jeans on
jean factories in the Apparel Search clothing factory directory
The above ripped and distressed jeans examples are from
Lucky Brand Jeans (2015).
Below are a few relevant pages
that you may have interest in reviewing:
About Levi Strauss Company
About Denim Fabric
Ripped Jeans But New Jeans
The following external link is
The History of Ripped Jeans
Ripped Jean Blog Posts