Ripped jeans

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by veggieman, Aug 29, 2006.

  1. veggieman

    veggieman Active Member

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    Aug 29, 2006
    Alright I have a few questions about these jeans:

    1. any rules/suggestions/guidelines to wearing these... i.e. what to wear them with

    2. are there such things as darker wash jeans that are ripped?

    3. how would I go about ripping the jeans to give it the frayed holes look?

    4. does anyone suggest throwing paint on them?

    I'm sure these are some weird questions but could you please give me the best answers you can. Thanks!

  2. Ott

    Ott Senior member

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    Apr 18, 2006
    1. no not really
    2. don't buy preripped jeans, the holes will inevitably get larger and they will fall apart
    3. wear them! or if you're a sissy loser, take a razorblade to them
    4. jesus christ no

  3. someoneNew

    someoneNew Senior member

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    Apr 11, 2006
    bay area
    1. I think with ripped jeans you've just gotta do it. Then ask someone close to you, who has a hint of fashion sense, if you look like you're "trying too hard." If they say yes then take them off at the end of the day and don't try again. Or ask them how else to pair up the jeans to look like you're not trying too hard.

    2. Yes
    3. Sandpaper, weed-whacker, billy-goat
    4. Sure, if you're artistic might even look better to paint something on them instead of splatter

  4. Dick Danger

    Dick Danger Senior member

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    May 30, 2006
    Get a job where you do some real work, like this,


    and the holes will take of themselves.

  5. The False Prophet

    The False Prophet Senior member

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    Mar 10, 2006
    Brisbane, Australia
    1. One of the most important things to check, IMHO, is the colour of the warp (or is it the weft?) of the weave - the underlying colour that isn't indigo. IMHO, a sort of ivory/ecru coloured contrast to the denim looks better than plain white (and is more traditional I think).

    Tsubi managed to do this well, and to design jeans that you could easily make holes in. However, their denim quality is frankly shite. There's much better for the money.

    As for what to wear them WITH, it all depends on the colour. But, the usual, tshirts, boots, Chucks, leather jackets.

    I think the ripped idea goes with a more fitted silouhette, straightish legs, etc. You don't want to be rocking a baggy tshirt and 4 inches of selvege.

    2. There are, though I also recommend damaging your own. If only because there's a premium price for the labour, and if the holes (say, at the knees) don't conform to your anatomy, it looks hell stupid. Also, you want them to be personal, not off-the-shelf custom.

    3. I recommend unpicking a few threads at key points - knees, front pocket edges, back pocket where the wallet goes - and letting nature take its course from there.

    4. If you really think you can make it work. But, I think there's a real risk of looking affected. I've done painting in my jeans, and a few stray marks look cool, but there's a risk of going overboard.

    That said, I have one awesome pair (that were a one-off done by a local artist who also happened to work retail) which are very dark blue, slightly shiny denim. There's black paint sorta creeping its way up from the bottom of the legs in looks very cool, either like I've stepped in an oilspill, or like evil is slowly taking over my jeans.

    They don't fit me too well, so there's a chance I may flip them...



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