Ripped Messy 'Boyfriend Jeans' Are Fall's Worst Trend

boyfriend jeansGood news for those of you who love to appear as disheveled as humanly possible: this fall it will be even easier to look like a total mess, thanks to the latest jeans trend. Coming to us straight from the bowels of 1987, fashion designers have, yet again, resurrected a popular favorite: distressed boyfriend jeans, otherwise known as ripped jeans that appear shapeless from the thighs down and that you must pair with six-inch leopard-print heels so that the world doesn't mistake you for a teenage boy.

A teenage boy who emerged from a time machine after spending the night tailgating before the big Bon Jovi concert.


boyfriend jeansA little tear here or there on your jeans can make you look like you aren't trying too hard, which is always sexy. Throw a fitted blazer, T-shirt, ballet slippers, and a classic necklace or scarf in the mix and you've got a look that you can almost wear to the office on casual Friday -- but should probably save for a weekend autumn brunch date.

But this damn boyfriend cut -- why? Why must designers insist we hide our shapes and wear denim that actually sags in the front where, I suppose, our packages are supposed to be? If you're curvy, this look does little to show off your best assets, and if, like me, you're straighter than a bean pole, you just feel like your jeans are wearing you.

And then there's the little question that always gets lots of women riled up: are these age appropriate? A pair of straight-legged ripped denim jeans began calling my name about a month after I gave birth to my second child. Maybe I needed to own something young; something that would totally clash with my nursing cover-up. I bought them. I wear them -- a lot -- probably more than I should. And it never fails, anytime I'm around friends or my husband, I hear some snide remark that begins, "Hey, 1988 called ..."

Very funny, guys.

Yes, I realize I just passed the same judgment over these ripped boyfriend jeans. I realize I'm a hypocrite. And I guess I've also summed up why designers keep giving women ripped jeans. Once in awhile, you just want to feel like a 10-year-old who tore her pants playing a mean game of hopscotch.

Do you like the distressed boyfriend jean trend?


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