The classics never go out of style, and when it comes to jeans, they’re making a *major* comeback. Denim lovers everywhere are ditching the rips for less-distressed jeans – and we’re here for it!
Why Skip the Rips?
Don’t get us wrong: we love ripped jeans. But sometimes the mood calls for a look that’s simple and timeless. Less-distressed jeans instantly kick your ’fit up a notch. Plus, they’re super versatile and go with eeeeverything. Dress them up or keep it casual, it’s totally up to you!
Still not sure if non-ripped jeans are your vibe? It’s okay to be torn (ba-dum, tssss). Read on to see some of our fave styles and how to wear ’em!
Baggy Jeans & Sweaters
Baggy jeans and cropped sweaters: could there be a more jean-ious pairing? Puns aside, this combo is beyond cute, oh-so-comfy, and perfect for a day out.
For a cool monochrome look, start with the Strigid Highest Waist Baggy Straight Jean. Strigid jeans are our latest innovation in denim: rigid in the front, stretchy in the back, and magic all over. These non-distressed jeans can be sized up for a super slouchy look, and the light wash looks amazing with a blue Wrap Front Sweater.
Want more contrast? Pair dark wash Dreamy Drape Baggy Wide-Leg Jeans with a colorful cardigan. The Dreamy Drape jeans have a slightly more dressed-down look, with frayed edges that add a casual touch.
Straight Leg Jeans & Denim Jackets
Another benefit of non-ripped jeans? Easy-peasy throwback vibes! The Stretch ’90s Straight Jean has that lived-in feel you love, with a high rise, relaxed fit, and structured midweight denim. In a medium wash, it’s the perfect match for the ’90s Boyfriend Denim Jacket (notice a theme here?) layered over a cropped sweater.
Finish the ‘fit with a comfy platform sandal and you’re ready to go! All that’s missing are butterfly clips and a cassette player… but we’ll leave the accessories up to you.
Patched Athletic Fit Jeans & Resort Shirts
“Hey wait a minute, aren’t there rips on those jeans?” Well, yes – but things aren’t always as they seam (last pun, we promise!). If you can’t resist the distressed look, but aren’t feeling fully ripped jeans, consider Patched Slim Jeans the perfect compromise. This best-of-both-worlds pair has juuuust enough distressing, with small ripped details that are patched for a cleaner look.
For a made-for-vacay outfit, pair your jeans with a Super Soft Legend Tee and a patterned Button-Up Resort Shirt. Boardwalk, here we come!
Athletic Straight Jeans & Polo Shirts
Last but certainly not ripped, we’ve got a fan favorite that needs no introduction. The Athletic Straight Jean is a staple for a reason: the fit is on-trend, goes with anything, and gives you extra room in the thigh for maximum comfort. As much as we love it ripped, we can’t deny that the non-distressed version catches our eye… especially when it’s paired with a Super Soft Legend Pique Polo Shirt (or two – layer your way for all the Y2K vibes!).
Ready to ditch the rips? Show us your fave outfits! Tag your fave ‘fits @americaneagle #AEJeans for a chance to be featured on our Instagram, Twitter, ae.com, and more!