Too torn for style, comfort?
What started with a few blemishes and cuts here and there has blown up into torn off and frayed versions — that’s distressed jeans for you! A rage back in the grunge era in mid-1980s, the style made a comeback in 2015. And, it has only been growing ever since, often raising the question: How much is too much? Is there no line to be crossed in the name of being adventurous?
We get fashion designers to weigh in on the debate. Ragini Ahuja says it’s a personal choice. “Denim is a street fashion fabric great for a comfy, casual look. But how torn you want your jeans is all about your personal style.” Anupama Dayal agrees. Although she likes her jeans cut around the knees or thighs, she adds, “It’s healthy to experiment.”
However, many believe that the essence of the style is lost in the name of experimentation. Nida Mahmood says, “Certain sections of the fashion chain have butchered denims beyond belief, making them look grotesque and unpardonable.”
Rina Dhaka is a fan of distressed denims, but echoes the sentiment. “In the ’90s, while I was a teenager, I used to spend a lot to get these tattered jeans. But now, their elegance is lost. Some are so torn and shabby, that it looks like one did it at home,” she says.
Tattered denims continue to be a favourite among Bollywood stars and youngsters. But are they ‘fashionable’? Here’s what designers think
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