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Faded/ripped/distressed jeans - age limits?

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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?


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!

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

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

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

I don't think there is an age limit

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.

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.

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

SolidGoldBrass Fri 03-May-13 21:19:04

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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 21:04:42

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

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

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

Yup -with holes shock

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 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

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