Beaten-up and broken-in, that’s the theme of this season’s denim, which comes packing rock ‘n’ roll vibes.
From shredded legs to neat knee slices, distressed denim is available in a whole host of forms, running the gamut from authentic workerwear styles to designs you’d expect to see on Sid Vicious.
In the market for a rough and ready pair of jeans for the months ahead? Check out ten of our favourites:
1. Nudie Jeans Steady Eddie Fredrik Replica Jeans
Want an authentic pair of worn-in jeans without having to go through the process yourself? Step forward Nudie Jeans.
The Swedish label’s Steady Eddie Replica model is based on a style worn by a chap named Fredrik for 18 months, meaning the abrasions and ripped detailing feels completely natural.
Coming in a versatile grey tone selvedge, they’re sure to match with everything else in your off-duty wardrobe. Try teaming with a plaid flannel shirt, padded parka and pair of Red Wings for a look that’s ready to deal with whatever Mother Nature throws at you.
Available at Nudie Jeans, priced £230.
2. Edwin Jeans ED-55 Relaxed Tapered-Fit Bronco
For a more subtle scattering of rips, opt for this deep blue pair from Japanese specialist Edwin.
Crafted from high quality 12oz denim, they come in a loose fit that tapers from the knee to ensure they feel relaxed and comfortable, not sloppy. We see these becoming our weekend go-tos once the weather turns.
Available at ASOS, priced £110.
3. Antioch Black Ripped Skinny Jeans
Prepare to relive your grungy teenage phase thanks to these jeans by London-based menswear label Antioch.
By adding rips and cuts to a simple pair of black skinnies, the brand has embraced the days of long fringes and obscure band tees, while keeping things fresh and modern with a slimline silhouette.
Available at Topman, priced £48.
4. AllSaints Keiko Cigarette Jeans
Edgy British brand AllSaints has taken a pared-back approach to its signature Cigarette jeans this season, opting for minimal fading and just two slashes to the knees.
With such subtle distressing, these are easily dressed up with a button-down shirt, leather jacket and Chelsea boots for a night out.
Available at AllSaints, priced £98.
5. Levi’s 1969 606 Highlander Jeans
Even Levi’s can’t resist getting in on the action, and the heritage denim label is well placed to take on the trend with its Vintage 606 model.
At the time of being introduced in the 1960s, it was considered to be the first skinny jean style in production. The streamlined silhouette remains the same today, finished off with a lone rip to the knee.
Available at Levi’s, priced £165.
6. Cheap Monday Tight Rip Black Jeans
Renowned for its affordable skinny jeans, Swedish label Cheap Monday has slashed the knees on its signature fit for autumn/winter 2015.
Cut from over-dyed black stretch denim, the five pocket style also features antique finish rivets and buttons for a vintage feel.
Available at Cheap Monday, priced £55.
7. Diesel Tepphar 0830K Carrot Jeans
Diesel’s Tepphar jeans are destroyed in all the right ways. In addition to looking like they’ve gained their rips from a few hard days’ work, the low crotch and short front fly gives them a relaxed, authentic finish.
Slip on with a plain tee and leather boots for an everyday workerwear aesthetic.
Available at Diesel, priced £220.
8. Zara Ripped Jeans
If you’re worried about feeling the chill while sporting holes, seek out a pair with ripped panels – like this pair from Zara.
The cutouts are backed with black fabric, offering the same distressed effect without revealing any skin. We’re also fond of the washed out grey shade, which works perfectly alongside an autumnal colour palette.
Available at Zara, priced £39.99.
9. Dr Denim Snap Light Stone Destroyed Jeans
Family-owned label Dr Denim has been turning out stylish and affordable jeans since 2004.
The Swedish firm’s take on ripped jeans is no different with a sharp drainpipe leg and bold slices to the knees resulting in a solid wardrobe go-to for the coming months. The unisex Snap style can also be sized up for a more relaxed fit.
Available at Dr Denim, priced £50.
10. ASOS Skinny Jeans with Knee Rips
White jeans in winter are almost guaranteed to get a little bit dirty and beaten up, so start the ball rolling with this pre-ripped pair from ASOS’ in-house design team.
The frayed detailing adds to the effortless vibe, while the stretch denim guarantees comfort and a snug fit.
Available at ASOS, priced £28.