THERE’S nothing like a great pair of ripped jeans to bring edge and energy to your outfit.
Whether lightly distressed or heavily torn, the best men’s ripped jeans will instantly give you that rebellious look. Distressed denim just has that attitude built in.
Take a tip from real-life rocker Lenny Kravitz, who teams his slim-fitting pair with a graphic T-shirt and Chelsea boots for a look that’s got edge but still feels sleek.
On the other hand, Justin Bieber goes for the doesn’t-give-a-damn look with a wider cut and looser top.
But these broken-in designs can also be dressed up.
Kanye West wore his to the Met Gala in New York, one of the most stylish occasions of the year. Admittedly, the crystal-encrusted jacket blinged things up a bit, elevation is key.
Whichever cut or finish you choose, find the best ripped jeans for men in this guide below.
How do you make your own ripped jeans?
Want to add an edge to your fave pair of jeans but too scared of ruining them? We’ve got your back.
If you’ve got an old pair of jeans you never wear, get the scissors into them first to be safe. If not, go and buy some cheap jeans from a charity shop- practice makes perfect.
Use chalk to mark out where you want the rips, and get to work.
If you want the distressed denim look, get hold of a foot file or some sandpaper and go at the rips.
If you’re not good with getting creative, you might want to save the hassle and purchase pair we have picked for you.
1. Best lightly ripped jeans
Diesel is known for its rebellious touch – so the Italian brand is a top choice for authentically worn-in denim.
These slim-fit jeans are heavily washed and feature just a small rip at one knee: a great way to ease yourself into the look.
These are easy weekend all-rounders, so just throw on a sweatshirt and trainers and you’ll be ready for a well-dressed day off.
- Diesel Mharky Slim Jeans, £91 from Farfetch – buy here
2. Best heavily distressed ripped jeans
Looking to really make a statement? Boohoo’s jeans are heavily distressed and torn right through the front for maximum impact.
The slim fit keeps things looking sharp and structured despite the heavy wear.
The best way to style these is with pieces like crisply tailored shirts and leather trainers, so you look defiantly stylish rather than dishevelled.
- Slim Fit Rigid Jeans With Extreme Rips, £21 from BoohooMAN – buy here
3. Best slim-fit ripped jeans
These Red Herring Slim Fit Jeans have understated rips for a rugged look[/caption]
These Red Herring jeans come in the sort of slim fit that’s neat but not too tight, so they’ll look good on every guy.
Plus they’ve got stretch built into the fabric so that they’ll always be comfortable.
The light rips and distressing look really authentic, so they’ve got a rugged edge over regular jeans but still look fairly understated.
A plaid shirt and leather boots will emphasise the masculine finish.
- Red Herring – Blue Slim Fit Ripped Jeans, £17.50 from Debenhams – buy here
4. Best straight-fit ripped jeans for men
Ripped at the knee these pure cotton Dust Bowl Original Jeans from Topman are longer lasting[/caption]
Topman has gone for a genuine vintage look here – a straight fit, heavy wash and rips at the knees.
It’s this sort of detailing that makes them look laid-back from the minute you first put them on – you don’t need to wait for several washes.
Unlike most jeans these days, the denim is pure cotton and doesn’t contain any stretch.
This gives them a more authentic look but also means that they’ll last longer.
Style with other broken-in pieces like faded sweatshirts and well-worn trainers.
- Dust Bowl Ripped Original Jeans, £12 from Topman – buy here
5. Best skinny-fit ripped jeans
New Look goes for a real rock’n’roll look with these skinny jeans.
They’re cut slim, ripped at the knees and come in a jet-black shade.
Extra stretch in the fabric means that you can move about despite the narrow cut.
Style them with a bomber jacket and Chelsea boots to complete the stage-ready look.
- Black Ripped Knee Stretch Skinny Jeans, £24.99 from New Look – buy here
6. Best men’s biker ripped jeans
These Grey Danny Super Skinny Ripped Biker Jeans with ribbed panels are available at River Island[/caption]
Biker-style jeans might have been popularised by designer brands like Balmain, but River Island’s pair has every bit as much attitude.
The neutral grey tone means you can be a bit more daring with the styling, so the rips at the knees and thighs and ribbed panels don’t look out of place on this design.
Add a leather jacket and graphic T-shirt to create a confident outfit for a night out.
- Grey Danny Super Skinny Ripped Biker Jeans, £30 from River Island – buy here
7. Best black ripped jeans for men
River Island’s jeans are free from any detailing apart from the classic five pockets and a small rip on each of the knees.
In a distressed black shade, they’re pared-back but still create a really individual look.
You’ll need nothing more than a plain white T-shirt and simple trainers to finish this look.
Big fan of black skinny jeans? Then check out our roundup of the best black skinny jeans for men.
- Black Ollie Ripped Spray On Jeans, £45 from River Island – buy here
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