Faded/ripped/distressed jeans - age limits?

(41 Posts)
MrsCampbellBlack Fri 03-May-13 19:22:57

Now I know we hate being told we're too old for something, but at 40 am I too old for ripped jeans?

I really love them, especially the ultra faded ones but but but. I fear my knees are not what they were.

So perhaps I should just go for some very faded/pale blue ones? I am short so don't do boyfriend styles but has anyone got any skinnies/slim fit in that colour that they love and would recommend?


dexter73 Fri 03-May-13 19:24:48

I am 40 too and I think I am too old for ripped jeans. I have seen them on women the same age and they just don't look right to me. I'm not sure why. I like faded but I think ripped is just a step too far.

Nehru Fri 03-May-13 19:25:13

They're a bit 90s aren't they

If you have the figure for it why not? 40s young. And if the rest of your style is youthful then that's a bonus.

Your knees won't be fully out anyway will they?

I wouldn't wear ripped but that's because it's not my thing. I wear slim fitting though and dam 44. But I do look younger, early 30s.

MrsCampbellBlack Fri 03-May-13 19:26:04

I think you're right Dexter and you know, DH would kill himself laughing at me hmm

So any really faded ones anywhere that are flattering? Bizarrely I tend to find them less flattering than pure white.

Am* not dam.

hedgefund Fri 03-May-13 19:26:45

zara have lots of faded jeans in atm, some with just a hint of distress wink

MrsCampbellBlack Fri 03-May-13 19:27:01

I'm more classic really so they'd be out of my comfort zone.

90's - hmm, well I want white stilettos and they is well 80's.

MrsCampbellBlack Fri 03-May-13 19:27:42

I think I need to go to Zara and try loads on. I used to have a great faded pair from Zara but put on weight and gave them away in temper [fool]

I think anything goes nowadays. As long as you wear it with confidence smile

notyummy Fri 03-May-13 19:33:08

I think they stray slightly into the Patsy and Edina territory if you are old enough to have worn them the first time around. And that's not a blanket rule about everything that comes back in fashion- just specifically ripped jeans. Saw a pic of Elle Macpherson in them the other day and frankly she wasn't making them work.

dexter73 Fri 03-May-13 19:33:26

Just been thinking why I'm not keen on them. I think they look like you are trying a bit too hard to be trendy. They are out of my comfort zone too - I would want to mend the holes!

Fuckitthatlldo Fri 03-May-13 19:33:27

To hell with it woman - wear what you like!

Just don't wear them with a fleece grin grin grin

Hassled Fri 03-May-13 19:34:29

I think you're too old. I think 30 is probably the threshold. Sorry.

Booyhoo Fri 03-May-13 19:37:41

faded/ripped/distressed jeans should not be worn after 1997 wink

MrsCampbellBlack Fri 03-May-13 19:39:40

Patsy and Edina [splutters]

OK well I may give way on ripped but faded or slightly distressed is ok I reckon - otherwise you're only left with indigo or stonewash and I'm not doing the latter.

cardoon Fri 03-May-13 19:40:31

I think it just looks too 'try hard' post 40, much as I love them sad

too Judy Murray, eek!...makes me cringe

MrsCampbellBlack Fri 03-May-13 19:41:33

What as in Andy Murray's mum - is she wearing ripped bleached jeans? shock

cardoon Fri 03-May-13 20:03:38

Yup -with holes shock

maybemyrtle Fri 03-May-13 20:11:32

I've just bought these. I'm 36, wore ripped jeans first time round, and quite like them on me grin

Back2Two Fri 03-May-13 20:19:14

I'm 43 and loving wearing faded 501s. They are ripped at the knee...because they're second hand, I fell over and they ripped!

I wore 501s 23 years ago or something, and I absolutely feel totally comfortable in them now. They look good. I love them.

teta Fri 03-May-13 20:21:22

I've worn them well into my 40's.For goodness sake lets not not have another mumsnet moratorium about whats suitable past a certain age.Anything goes!

dexter73 Fri 03-May-13 20:32:55

For lots of people anything goes but for me there are definitely clothes that I find too young for myself. If you are comfortable wearing what you wear that is great but if you feel uncomfortable wearing something for whatever reason then it is best that you give it a miss.

IvorHughJarse Fri 03-May-13 20:41:52

maybemyrtle - I love those, they're gorgeous, but have never bought from Gap before. What are they like size wise? Are they pretty loyal to standard sizes? I'm a 12 but in New Look I'm a 14, for example; don't have a Gap near me so will have to order online and would rather not have to send them back if they're cut larger/smaller than average IYSWIM

freddiefrog Fri 03-May-13 20:49:29

I have a pair of very faded/light skinnies from Primark

Just their bog standard 7 quid jobbies and I quite like them

I've also got a pair of ripped boyfriend jeans, they're not too ripped, pretty much the same amount of rippage and the same colour as the ones linked above, I'm not keen on them if there is a lot of ripping going on.

MrsCampbellBlack Fri 03-May-13 20:58:51

The gap ones look nice but I tried those last year and found the sizing very generous. But being short, I find boyfriends hard to pull off. Also my legs are better than my middle so don't want to hide them.

But ooooh, ripped perhaps not too much for a 40 year old. Just accosted DH with this burning question and he reckons I should give it a go as its just clothes.

So am now going to look in new look who it appears are the best ethical retailer at the cheap end of the market.

rootypig Fri 03-May-13 21:03:48

what about these ones from ASOS that I have just ordered grin

ASOS Marney

They've got loads of other fits / washes too.

rootypig Fri 03-May-13 21:04:42

or something like this so knees are covered, if you're worried

Startail Fri 03-May-13 21:04:54


They look stupid on anyone. I'm old enough not only to have seen this fashion come and go, but to have worn patched mended jeans from financial necessity as a child.

rootypig Fri 03-May-13 21:05:39

oh sorry, just seen what you said about boyfriends blush

Friday night home alone with the LO, post happy

MrsCampbellBlack Fri 03-May-13 21:08:55

Oh I love your first ones Rooty! That's my perfect colour.

Startail - oh I don't think they look stupid on grown ups - but not on a newborn, oh no wink

QueenCadbury Fri 03-May-13 21:09:54

mrs I have these gap ones and I'm 39. Dh was a bit hmm when I put them on and couldn't understand why I'd bought jeans with holes in them. Dmbl40 also had them.

QueenCadbury Fri 03-May-13 21:12:27

Just realised someone else has also linked the gap ones. They're not boyfriend, they're straight so much more flattering. They're long though, I need to chop them.

I clicked on this thread as I have been wondering today about whether or not ripped jeans are vaguely fashionable at the moment, purely because one of my favourite pairs has gone at the knee. I am 48 and will probably keep on wearing them for the moment as I like them.

Frankly I don't get this obsession with being 'too old' for clothes. I wear what I like and other people's opinion of it is their problem, not mine.

MrsCampbellBlack Fri 03-May-13 21:21:59

Very true SGB - but you know, I don't want to scare people. Normally I don't think there is a too old thing really, well within reason.

I'm going to try some though.

And you know, you are now effortlessly totally on trend wink

bunnymother Fri 03-May-13 22:10:26

I think the Gap ones look great - thanks for linking as I might give them a go. I will ignore the small child who asks how I ripped my jeans and if I am going to fix them, too, as per my distressed skinnies.

Coffeeformeplease Fri 03-May-13 22:19:08

I'm 40 and I wear my faded, ripped jeans with pride.

I wore them out myself though, not bought that way.
Lots of DIY, painting, etc did that.

Don't let anyone tell you they are so 90s. So what.

Wear whatever you want and feel good in.

BinksToEnlightenment Sat 04-May-13 12:47:13

I don't think there is an age limit

maybemyrtle Sat 04-May-13 13:20:28

Ivor - they are generously cut! They also stretch, they fitted me fine when I tried them on but after one day I'm wishing I'd sized down. I'm a large 10 and got 28 smile

Annianni Sat 04-May-13 13:34:27

There's no age limit, I'm 40 and I've got a couple of pairs. Including those Gap ones linked before (i also sized down and they kept their shape well)
I've also chopped about 3 inches off the length.

But... if you do wear ripped ones, any leg on show needs to be in ok condition.
No hairy bits or varicose veins grin

currentlyconfuseddotcom Sat 04-May-13 13:43:58

It's not something I would wear myself (stuck in indigo Levi mode) but I don't think there's an age limit for these, I thought Elle looked fine.

Mind you though I tend to wear fitted knit silk or cashmere dresses a couple of inches above the knee, and when I buy one now I mournfully wonder how many years grace I'll get out of it (I'm in my thirties) so I know where you are coming from!

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