Sunday, February 21, 2010
Dressed to Distress
This is Take 2 on the ripped jeans.
In a previous post (see "Shredded Wear" from Aug. 21, 2009), I talked about how I couldn't keep the ripped jeans I bought, though they were so en vogue, because I was paranoid about them. Worried they'd rip even more. I just couldn't handle the pressure.
Well, a sample sale gifted me with these Current/Elliott slouched crop jeans for $20. Nothing like a super sale to make me rethink my values. So, I gave the trend another shot. Still feeling a little paranoid, but I plan to reinforce the rip with a patch. That'll make me feel better.
In the meantime, as much as I think the ripped/distressed look is cute, I'd prefer to not look like an extra from "Slumdog Millionaire." So, I think dressing up — cute, frilly top and three-quarter sleeve cardi — is a good way to balance the extremely casual look of well-worn denim. The boots bitch up the girlish top.
The outfit: Michael Stars cardigan, J. Crew watercolor "Lydia" blouse, Current/Elliott cropped jeans, Sweet Life by Dolce Vita peep-toe booties from Urban Outfitters.
P.S. Even headless, I find it incredibly painful to pose for photos. How do those celebs do it?