Blame it on the pop-punk renaissance or maybe vintage becoming more trendy, but lately, distressed clothing has been popping up on the coolest of the fashion set. The undone nature of the look is both nonchalant and anti-fashion in a sense—rips and tears and bleach and unfinished hems are the hallmarks of getting the look right. In a world where clothes are often worn only once or twice before being stuffed into the back of the closet, signs of wear and tear are a breath of fresh air. I’m embracing this trend for its ’90s appeal, which is the only way I’ve been wanting to dress lately, and pairing it with other polished pieces to keep things neat.
Keep scrolling to see four ways to pull off the look to ensure you look intentionally distressed and fresh. I’ve wrangled the best pieces currently available that will make sure you’re ahead of the trend as this one is still in its budding stages. Everything from leather to denim to knits is up for interpretation, which also means those old, naturally unraveling pieces in your closet may be able to see the light of day, too.