A good pair of jeans can make or break an outfit. While skinny jeans are still madly popular and dark denim flares are making a comeback, if you want an edgier look, make a statement with a pair of distressed denim jeans.
Barring creating your own, ragged knee slits, frayed patches, and raw edges are all great details to keep an eye out for when shopping for a pair. While you’ll find an array of washes available, the most popular options include white, mid wash, light wash, and black.
One that hits all the marks is H&M’s Girlfriend Jeans in Denim Blue ($39). This pair offers a relaxed fit and heavily distressed details with knee slits and frayed patches just below the pockets and mid-thigh. The mid wash color will look chic when paired with a crisp white oxford and strappy heels. Or, create a more casual look with a simple t-shirt and blazer combination.
If you want a posher option, try on a distressed pair in a crisp white. Forever 21’s Distressed Skinny Jeans in White ($29.90) is a versatile option. The sleek silhouette has some edge thanks to thin, slightly frayed knee slits. To wear them out at night, opt for a fitted black tank or an off-the-shoulder blouse in a floral motif and heels to offset the distressed styling.