Following last fall’s unexpected lace-up trend and standout statement zippers, distressed fashion is about to explode this spring. But whereas the ’90s fashion trend was all about destroyed denim, the modern take is all about deconstructing classic styles in surprising ways. Here, we’ve uncovered 13 distressed buys to rock like a boss.
1. Topshop Unique Levy Destroyed Sweater ($280): First spotted at Topshop Unique’s runway presentation, this destroyed knit crewneck sweater is giving us all a mild case of spring fever. Well-placed slashes along the neckline and side contribute to a vintage appearance — just add some flea market flares, an effortless trench and vampy steppers for a high-profile look.
2. Nasty Gal Tie In Cut-Out Shirt ($78): Introducing the menswear-inspired button-down with an ultra-femme twist you didn’t know you needed. A few decorative ties — and BAM. All of a sudden, a new shirt is born.
3. Endless Rose Patch Bomber Jacket With Ribbon Sleeves ($140): We’ve seen a LOT of bombers in our day, but none quite this fierce. The satin material and slew of ribbon ties along the sleeves provide for an extra girly touch. You already know frayed-hem jeans, old-school kicks and a bold red lip are in order.
4. Missguided Blue One Sleeve Deconstructed Blouse ($40): Who knew deconstructed could look this pretty? Be date night-ready like that with this sky blue one-sleeve blouse. Proceed to tuck your hair behind your ears or rock a romantic updo for maximum impact.
5. Style Mafia Viola Top ($125): Snoozy button-down, it’s time to part ways. Still acceptable for when reporting to the higher-ups (in our opinion, anyway), this man-repelling white blouse calls for backless mules and mega statement earrings.
6. Pixie Market Striped One Shoulder Sleeve Tie Button Shirt ($119): Just you wait — every It girl on the block will be sporting some variation of this striped one-shoulder top come spring. You might as well get ahead of the fashion curve by testing the waters now.
7. Pixie Market Diagonal Bow Tie Sweatshirt ($109): It was bow at first sight. Even preppy girls can get in their deconstructed fix thanks to this lazy girl-approved pullover featuring diagonal bows. Go edgy with grommet-adorned crop jeans or get ready for a night out with an asymmetric mini skirt. Your move.
8. Topshop Free Spirit Cold Shoulder T-Shirt ($40): Graphic tees with a message are something we can definitely get behind. Wear this ripped t-shirt emblazoned with “free spirits” for an upcoming women’s rights march alongside a leather moto jacket for a rocker-inspired look.
9. STYLEKEEPERS One Shoulder Top ($98): Show up to cocktails in this avant-garde take on the classic button-down.
10. Front Row Shop Beige Cutout Split Knit Long Dress ($76): Throw-on-and-go split knit dress with ripped details, where have you been all of our lives? It’s NOT too late to rock that whole dress over pants trend that had editors everywhere in a frenzy.
11. Topshop Distressed Cold Shoulder Hoodie ($65): So your sweatshirt looks like it’s been through the dryer (and tumble cycle) one too many times. Don’t be mistaken: That’s actually the ultimate compliment these days. Replace your coveted stay-at-home snuggie with this trend-right dusty lilac pullover that’s practically made for off-duty days.
12. MNML Evander Deconstructed Joggers ($45): Killin’ it on the streets like it’s no one’s business is right. These deconstructed drop-crotch joggers featuring exposed seams and multiple pockets up and down the leg are alternative in their own right. Team them alongside a plain white tee, a leather jacket and towering platforms for a stint downtown.
13. Stylenanda Deconstructed Varsity Sweatshirt With Lace Up ($98): Oh this old thing? Get with the times by scooping up this deconstructed varsity sweatshirt that’s guaranteed to be a hit on the streets. Make ’em stop and stare, we say!
Will you be test-driving this season’s deconstructed look? Follow us on Pinterest for more Instababe-approved style inspo!
Brit + Co may at times use affiliate links to promote products sold by others, but always offers genuine editorial recommendations.