Fri, 03/05/2010 - 00:11 — Dre Decarlo

Grunge Jeans Are Back

Ripped denim hasn't really been big since the grunge days of the 90s... so it may come as a surprise that it is back as a fashion trend for women in Spring-Summer 2010. We did see Kate Moss wearing ripped denim shorts in a shoot for April 2008's Vogue Paris, and then we spotted shots of Gisele Bundchen on set with Mario Testino in a rather revealing torn denim outfit.

For Spring/Summer 2008, Christopher Kane brought back faded and torn skinny jeans onto the fasion scene. Maison Martin Margiela's collection (see below) also took ripped jeans to the extreme by featuring shredded up denim pieces.

Torn denim trend on the runways

Some celebrities are embracing torn denim, whether it be jeans, skirts or shorts.

Lily Allen and Lindsay Lohan in the ripped denim trend

Lilly Allen and Lindsay Lohan sporting ripped denim.

Rihanna rocks ripped jeans.


Fashionistas who love the grunge look but are not digging shredded denim should invest in a pair of pre-patched jeans.

Yes, they're back too! Definitely a trend that is still in the phase of being a 'micro-trend'. I expect patched denim to become more popular on the streets long before it does in retail stores. The look was hardly seen on the catwalks in Spring 2010, though Chanel featured patched jeans.

Chanel patched jeans
Chanel patched jeans from Chanel Spring 2010

And what do you pair with grungy jeans? Anything goes with those pants! (Except frilly tops but that should be obvious.)

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