Distressed Denim

This post centers around these distressed skinny denim jeans.  Once deemed decidedly inappropriate for most occasions, it seems distressed denim has experienced an unexpected shift, turning it into a testament of effortless style.  While distressed denim boasts a super casual feel, it’s important to remember that a polished look should always be the end result.  In fact, when styled correctly, destroyed denim looks seriously street-chic, effortless and just plain cool.
Distressed Denims - Thrifting Diva Distressed Denims - Thrifting Diva The key to pulling off the distressed denim look is making sure that the other elements of the outfit are carefully selected so that you have that “cool look,” rather than the I’m a “hot mess” look.  I found these distressed denim jeans at Ross Dress for Less.  I was very excited when I saw these, because the distressing in the jeans was exactly what I wanted.  I know, they are literally just ripped up jeans, but there is just something about these jeans that made me buy them.  It could also be the clearance price of $11.50 that made my decision to buy them even more easily.
Distressed Denims - Thrifting Diva Distressed Denims - Thrifting Diva Distressed Denims - Thrifting Diva I decided to rock my faux fur vest with this outfit.  You may remember seeing it here, styled completely differently.  I thrifted this faux fur vest last year from Salvation Army for $6, and it’s been a great clothing item to style here in Southern California, where the winters shouldn’t really be considered winter!
Distressed Denims - Thrifting Diva Distressed Denims - Thrifting Diva As I wanted a neutral chic look, I styled it with this cream H&M chiffon blouse that was thrifted from a local Goodwill for $4.99.  I especially loved the sleeve and collar detail.  Of course, the fact that this shirt retailed for $49, yet I purchased it for $4.99, is a sweet score.
Distressed Denims - Thrifting Diva January_Ayana_20 To complete this look, I opted for these open toe tan booties.  Once again, winters in Southern California allow you to wear open toe anything without looking crazy or having your toes freeze over.  These Audrey Brooke booties are simply amazingly comfortable, chic, and goes with everything.  I purchased these booties from DSW in the clearance section for only $14.00, reduced down from $99.  I was very excited about the price, but what really won me over was how comfortable these booties are.  I am definitely a shoe lover, but I am not a girl who will purchase heels that are uncomfortable for the sake of cuteness.  Yes, not every shoe will be extremely comfortable, but these booties are certainly very easy on feet.
January_Ayana_25 My bag of choice for this outfit was this cute clutch which came from an estate sale.  It definitely looks vintage, but I honestly couldn’t tell you much more about it.  I paid .25cents for it.  The price and the uniqueness of the clutch made me buy it.  It polishes off the distressed denim outfit quite nicely, won’t you agree?
January_Ayana_18 Have you styled some distressed denims lately?  What are your ways of making these jeans look polished?

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