THE WORLD OF DISTRESS

by Vanya Azad on March 09, 2021

Oh no don’t worry, this is not a Ted talk but a throwback to how styles have evolved around the time so far that wearing ripped or torn clothes (denims to be specific) are admired and are considered an epitome of street fashion. Initially constructed for labors and mine workers, denims have progressed to the new-age “cool” today and one can find a number of choices to pick from. It has become such a common and stylish fashion choice today that the available variants need a separate discussion table for it. But for now, let’s keep it brief and confer to the obvious varieties.

STARTED OFF AS CORDED COTTON PANTS

At first, denims were introduced into the realm of clothing as rugged corded pants for men who were involved into labor means or mining. Gradually catching on the denim fever, it was popularized amongst various states of America and accepted as an act of rebellion by teenagers and young adults who wanted a free will at life.

RIPS AND CUTS CAME INTO PLAY

When the cinema culture commercialized a trend of denims into the market for various age group, a new twist of rips and cuts was introduced which was believed to be bizarre by the elderly. Even today ripped jeans or distressed jackets are frowned upon by various backward households but is fortunately accepted in the fashion industry.

RIPPED TEES & TOPS

After the contemporary acceptance of bold cuts and threads of denims in the marketplace, tees and tops were also promoted by various tv characters and music artists in their music videos pushing people to try on a new style. From Curt Kobain to Kesha, all such artists promoted and popularized ripped culture and it grew on like a wildfire.

RIPPED COATS & JACKETS

After successful experiments of ripped and distressed tops or tees, it was winter wear’s turn. Denim jackets were ripped apart from bottoms and sleeve ends creating a ruffled and distressed result which attracted audience in a magnificent manner. It was considered doubtful at first, but a happy acceptance of style savy people for ripped denims was overwhelming and hence this experiment was a “have to try this!”.

DISTRESSED & WASHED

Color changing with multiple washes was a hit & trial which gained a lot of popularity but not so much for sales. But one thing that succeeded in distressed style was slip-ons. Colorful and basic B&W, all are loved by the street-fashion frenzy nowadays. The success story goes on and on but this should be it for now folks.

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