How To Style Distressed Denim

June 16, 2014
fashion trends, distressed denim, jeans, winter wardrobe, layering

Over the last few seasons, distressed denim has made a steady comeback into fashion and can be worn regardless of rain, hail or shine. In particular, distressed denim jeans, shorts and midi skirts are trendy items which will spice up any old outfit. If you’re unsure of how to style your own distressed denim jeans, keep reading below on how-to adapt your denim to any situation.


If you want to achieve a laid-back look, there are a few simple ways to make this outfit super-comfy and relaxed. Distressed denim jeans are a match made in heaven with a comfy cardigan or sweater, since they are both laid back items (which will also keep you warm). If you’re stepping out of the house, grab a pair of ballet flats or ankle boots for a quick and easy ready-to-wear look.


For more of a polished look, pair any distressed jeans with a blazer and striped-shirt combination to achieve an outfit inspired by street-style French voguettes. This look is perfect for the daytime if you’re planning a bite out to eat, or great with a clutch and heels for a classy night-time look instead.

Leather jacket

As the temperature drops, feel free to add more layers to keep the look dressy, but also warm and comfortable. Leather jackets add a rocker-chic vibe to any outfit, and are sure to keep you cozy and ready to run a full day of errands. Finish the look with classic brogues which are also winter-friendly at this time of year.


Another trendy winter life-saver, a coat is a versatile piece of outerwear that looks amazing when paired with distressed jeans. Wear a fun statement t-shirt under neath, or layer with a cute jumper if you want to keep comfortable instead. A fun trend for the season is the trench-coat, which comes in a variety of colours, styles and cuts to suit any body type. This piece never goes out of style, and you can pop it over your outfit to feel warm and stylish at the same time.

Button-down shirt

A white button down shirt is a classic way to style your distressed denim without breaking the bank. This is a great foundation for layering with coats, jackets and jumpers in the winter, but it’s also a fun look if you’re heading out for dinner or drinks at night. A sexy stiletto heel or pointed-toe flat shoe will complete the outfit and look über sophisticated.

How do you style distressed denim?

Image via Sincerely Jules

By Felicia Sapountzis

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