Rip it up and start again

Monday 17 September 2012


photography by Shaniqwa Jarvis
Report by becky sunshine

Ah, distressed denim, the great style divider. It’s like fashion’s West Side Story: the uptown élégantes versus weekender tomboys. Love or hate it, it’s everywhere: frayed, split and faded. Sarah Harris at Vogue is a fan. “It’s a nice antidote to overly worked, printed or coloured denim – it feels like an old favourite,” she says. “And it’s so comfortable. The key is to offset it with something polished, like a jacket and heels, for a perfect high-low mix.”

Lisa Armstrong at The Daily Telegraph doesn’t agree. “I absolutely hate it!” she says. Enough said. But whatever your position, what we’re seeing is a return to classic, basic denim, ageing naturally. Beware of looking a bit Eighties Bros – the key is to keep it relaxed and modern.

“Denim is such a democratic wardrobe component and provides a great alternative to the opulent look,” says Net-A-Porter’s Fashion Director, Holli Rogers. “Wear ripped boyfriend styles with amazing heels, or skinnies with flat ankle boots.”

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