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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Distressed


Years and years and years ago when I first began overhauling Benson's wardrobe, the best fitting and cheapest pair of jeans I found for him were distressed jeans...which he scorned.  "WHY would you buy jeans that already have holes in them?!?!"  Eight years later, his tune still hasn't changed.  (Never mind the fact that he loOOooooOoved those jeans, despite their holes.)

This pair isn't heavy on the distressing.  Just a couple of rips, but it's one of those things where tiny details like that make a huge difference.  To me, at least.  If you've been reading for a while you might be sick of hearing about how I usually try to "toughen up" lace.  My go-to's for doing so: cargo jackets or faux leather pieces.  (Evidence here, here, and here.)  But I've now discovered another way--distressed jeans!  I tried this outfit with non-distressed jeans, and it was fine.  Just pretty fine.  But jeans with two little rips?  I was delighted at the character they gave the outfit!  And now I have another way to wear lace without feeling too girly!

Would you wear distressed jeans?  Or are you like my husband--"Why would you buy jeans with holes in them?!"

Links to Shop:
1.  Forever 21  |  2.  LOFT  |  3.  Dorothy Perkins
4.  Nordstrom - TopShop  |  5.  Piperlime  |  6.  Dorothy Perkins



Shop for the Look:
Top: Forever 21 (similar, similar, similar)
Jeans: Old Navy Maternity (exact--size down!, non-maternity: similar, similar, similar)
Shoes: Target (exact, similar, similar)
Bag: Target (exact)
Necklace: c/o That's Mine Boutique (exact)

*17 weeks pregnant

30 comments:

  1. My husband is just like your husband! I can't bring myself to wear distressed jeans because of him!

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  2. Not a hubby thing but more a work thing. I have to practice what I preach, and if I tell my students to look professional then wear distressed jeans on a regular work day (not Spirit Week or minimum day), I'm sending that subliminal message that my profession isn't one to be taken seriously. Just my two cents'; I know loads of teachers who don't "dress up" and are still some of the best, most effective educators around.

    Your outfit is, of course, perfectly darling. And although I see the allure of toughening up lace, I tend to go the opposite and embrace my girly side when I wear it. ;p

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  3. I just can't bring myself to buy distressed clothing...I've tried, and I just can't do it, LOL! You look adorable though! Love the lace!

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  4. I bought 2 pair this past fall from Old Navy - one light and one dark, and I love them. I wear them to work, but only on Friday.

    Check me out Audrey - you were part of the reason I started my blog this month - I shouted you out in my first OOTD post. Thanks for the inspiration!

    http://sheilaslifeat.blogspot.com/

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  5. I tend to agree with your husband! I've never been into distressed jeans even though so many bloggers make them look so good! I just don't see myself buying any in the near futre.

    I recently bought a similar white crochet tank from Banana Republic but I wish I'd held out for a tee like I originally wanted! I even saw one I really liked from LOFT last weekend and now I'm kicking myself for not getting it. I'll have to keep an eye out now! It's super versatile but I've leaned more towards dressing mine up instead of down, or tough. I'll have to do that next time I wear it!

    Exploring My Style

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  6. I have 3 pairs of varying distressed jeans. One is similar to yours with only some minor rips and I bought last fall. The other two are several years old and started out medium distressed but as time wears on the distress "strings" have all popped so I have some major holes in them!! I still wear them because I love the fit. Though I try to keep them to more casual settings. I will wear the minor ripped ones to work sometimes, and have even worn one with a hole in the knee to work when I knew I wouldn't be "seeing anyone"!

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  7. Mine always rip in the seat first. Not cute. I guess I need to crawl around on carpet a little more or something!

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  8. Haha! This is my first pair, and I only got them because they were the right panel for maternity and the wash I wanted wasn't available without rips. But then I fell in love with the little rips!

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  9. I hear ya. I don't think I would wear ripped either jeans if I were a teacher. Weekends are a different story though!

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  10. Hahaha! My husband's voice went through my head when I purchased these, but I got them anyway because they were the only ones with the wash I wanted that were maternity low panel. It was a good excuse to try them, and it ended up positive for me!

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  11. Oh, you know it, girlfriend! I live in distressed boyfriends and button up shirts over the weekend. ;p

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  12. That lace top looks so nice with the slightly distressed denim! :)

    Away From Blue

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  13. You look adorable! I have a white lace shirt similar too this and a 3/4 sleeve one as eel and my favorite way to wear them is with dark wash skinny jeans, leopard print flats, and a statement necklace. Congrats on the pregnancy by the way!!

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  14. I have a blue lace top that I do the same with! Sometimes I hate being too "girly".

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  15. I am wearing nearly the same exact outfit today! Except my top is gray (from The Limited) and I have red flats (TOMS) on to give the outfit a pop of color. This is one of my favorite go-to outfits for work since the top gives a little class but the jeans make it not so stuffy (business-like?). I did have to throw a cardigan over the top today since it still isn't terribly warm yet in Illinois.


    And my mom would fight me constantly on distressed jeans since I managed to rip nearly every pair I owned growing up (it's a farm girl thing). But I just love the look and feel of distressed jeans so I can't help but make sure I have at least one pair in my closet at all times!

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  16. I like just a little bit of distressing... I agree, it just makes the outfit a little more interesting. I think your jeans are just right! :)

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  17. I love wearing distressed jeans with heels and a sparkly top. It makes me feel like Joan Jett. I really love your flats and bag. They match so well!
    -Ash
    www.stylizedwannabe.blogspot.com

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  18. I love your jeans, and also that lace top (it looks so versatile) and they look great together! Simple and pretty outfit.

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  19. I definitely would if I could find a pair that fit well and looked good! A girl who used to sit near me in high school math would distress her jeans during class with a mechanical pencil. I've thought about doing the same thing one day to a pair of jeans I don't care about.

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  20. I'm loving lace tops (and lace was never huge for me before, so exciting new trend!) I love the piperlime top in navy!


    I do like a little distressing in jeans - and you are right, it counters the sweetness of the lace and is just perfect!

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  21. I'm a big fan of mixing lace + faux leather too, so I love this new idea for toughening up girly pieces.

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  22. My boyfriend jeans are distressed, I like that they are more casual.

    -AJ
    OccasionallyAJ.com

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  23. Distressed jeans look good on many people, but not me. Some of the distressed jeans have a grungy appearance, don't like this, who wants to wear dirty looking clothes. I like the more classic, dressier looking dark indigo colored jeans, but more power to those who can wear distressed jeans and look good.

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  24. I like the distressed look with the right outfit.

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  25. I'm also not a big fan of distressed jeans. I am however, easing myself in to it by buying a pair of 'heavily worn' boyfriend jeans. They aren't distressed, but they look a bit scuffed. I don't mind that, but like Benson said, buying a pair of jeans with a hole in them just seems wrong somehow :P

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  26. Yessss! Toughening up lace is one of my favorite things to do as well - I just love the juxtaposition of the hard and soft :) I don't think I've ever had distressed jeans, because they never feel right on me. I just don't like when I'm walking and can feel the breeze on random little places on my legs, haha. I think your jeans look super cute, though, and the distressing is minor enough to be interesting, but not excessive by any means.

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  27. I wore distressed jeans for a while, but they got too small. I also had a distressed polo from Old Navy once, but everyone just thought it was old and ragged! I don't do distressed clothing anymore. :/

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  28. Haha! That's pretty sad and funny about the distressed polo.

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