Crime of Fashion? Ripped knee jeans take over

Ripped jeans have been around since… well, probably since the first person who ripped their jeans by accident and thought, “Hey, this doesn’t look half bad! Kind of edgy and fashion-forward, in fact: I’ll keep wearing these, by God!”

There is, however, more than one way for jeans to be distressed (There’s more than one way for The Fashion Police to be distressed, too, actually: this blog is proof of that!), and we’re sure you can’t have failed to notice that the current most popular way looks like this:

ripped knee jeans

All jeans: Topshop

One very narrow, very precise slit, cut right across the knee of each leg, while the rest of the denim remains untouched. They’re ripped-knee jeans, and they’re everywhere: to the extent that it’s becoming hard to find a pair of jeans that still have their knees intact. There’s going to be a lot of people walking around with very cold knees this winter, is all we have to say.

Actually, no, that’s NOT all we have to say. Of course not! You didn’t think we could let this tend go un-commented on, did you? You also probably didn’t think we’d actually LIKE this look, and you’d be right on that score: in fact, all we see, when we look at these jeans, is denim SO tight the wearer was forced to cut slashes into the knees, to allow their legs to bend. Oh, and depending on the jeans, we also sometimes see a little smiling mouth on each knee. Please tell us we’re not the only ones who can see that? Wouldn’t it be tempting to draw a little set of eyes right above each “mouth”, so you’d have two little tiny faces on your legs? Try UN-seeing that, now that we’ve put the image into your minds…

What do you think, fashion force? Do you love the split-kneed jeans or hate them? Are they crimes of fashion?


  • September 18, 2014


    I also saw the smiles..:)
    Never liked this trend, I don’t understand why would someone pay for a ripped jeans when you can easily get it for free by ripping your old ones.

    Your blogs are awesome and I adore your style.

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  • September 18, 2014


    I almost want to buy a pair now and sew googly eyes over the slits, just for the laughs I’d get every time I looked down!

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  • September 18, 2014


    I dislike the distressed/destroyed look for jeans, and it looks even stupider confined to one place. I also think I would dislike these jeans anyway – they look extremely tight even with no-one in them, and they all seem kind of dated – ’80s to ’90s. The washes and the fabrics look ugly.

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  • September 18, 2014


    On a sliding scale (sliding downward, I might add) these are not that bad. I don’t like the look and didn’t the first time around either. But I really, really hate the extreme ones cut everywhere, frayed and generally, well, “destroyed”. When you look at the prices of these rags, it just boggles the mind. Aside from the fact that they are “in”, I can’t think of a single reason for wearing rags. Does anyone else remember the first go-around with this when they used shotguns to perforate the jeans?

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  • September 21, 2014

    Miss Pippi

    I like them.

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  • September 23, 2014


    Ripped anything is not my style (too OCD), but Joe Newman was wearing a pair of these during the alt-j concert in Manchester on Friday and looked rather dashing. True his kneecaps seemed to be smiling as he bounced with the beat, but with DM’s and a longish t I thought it worked.

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  • September 23, 2014


    I guess you can call me “Hipster” now as I own a pair just like these and already did so before it was cool… But mine weren’t ripped on purpose, the fabric just broke after years of use.
    And I don’t wear these for anything else but casual occasions like rock concerts or motto parties.
    Although I generally like the look, I would never buy jeans pre-ripped. You have to own the look by wearing them to death!

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  • September 27, 2014


    Our friend Jack the Clothes Ripper now has something against knees…

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  • October 3, 2014

    Jason Ben

    The ripped jeans thing is totally rad. I would love to buy it for my lady. I personally think that these jeans would go really well with an Alice cross body clutch bag taken from Akubra Store. Truly, accessories complete women’s fashion.

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  • October 6, 2014


    Love the jeans !

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