What is the Difference Between Ripped Jeans and Distressed Jeans?

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The ripped jeans and distressed jeans, both of which have been popular in the denim collection for some time. But these two styles of jeans have similar appearances and are difficult to distinguish. So in today’s article, we will talk about – the difference between ripped jeans and distressed jeans. Their historical origins and styles are similar, but there are still some differences.

So let’s talk about

  • What are distressed jeans?
  • What are ripped jeans?
  • The difference between distressed jeans and ripped jeans.
  • What types of denim fabric are good for the two jean styles?

Let’s start now!


What are Distressed Jeans?


  • The History of Distressed Jeans

Distressed denim emerged during the culture punk movement of the 1970s. Early punks expressed their anger at society by ripping up consumer goods, so their love of distressed jeans was one of their expressions.


  • The Features of Distressed Jeans

Distressed jeans are jeans that are frayed or slightly torn on purpose. Fraying, fading, and small holes are some of the common signs of distressed jeans. The effect that looks like the jeans have been worn for a long time is the effect that distressed jeans are after.


  • The Scenes of Distressed Jeans

Distressed jeans are commonplace in everyday life these days because they are so versatile and go well with a simple T-shirt or shirt; they can also be worn with a flashy top and heels. Distressed jeans have small cavities so they fit most shapes and sizes.

Many celebrities, fashion bloggers, and ordinary people like to wear distressed jeans, which have become a must-have item in many people’s wardrobes.


What are Ripped Jeans?

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Ripped Jeans
  • The History of Ripped Jeans

In fact, ripped jeans are an extension of old jeans. In the 1970s, punk pursued a sense of tearing and exaggeration in clothing. Cool jeans are not only going to be worn, they’re going to be ripped too. The bigger the holes, the more punks like them, so ripped jeans came into being and became popular in the 1980s, becoming a timeless trend and a symbol of punk culture.


  • The Features of Ripped Jeans

Ripped jeans are also a type of distressed jeans that can be worn by both men and women. They usually have hole designs near the knees, but may also have hole detail designs on the thighs or calves.


  • The Scenes of Ripped Jeans

Ripped jeans are best for those who are slim. The ripped jeans are more wild, unruly, and comfortable to wear, so ripped jeans are more suitable for casual occasions.

Today, ripped jeans represent not a resistance to the mainstream, but a pursuit of fashion. Many trendy people DIY design their unique ripped jeans to show their unique dressing style.


What is the Difference Between Ripped Jeans and Distressed Jeans?


This article summarizes the difference in the following two points.


Degree of Damage

The main difference between ripped and distressed jeans is the degree of damage.

  • ripped jeans usually have large holes near the knee or other places, and the degree of damage is relatively large.
  • distressed jeans may have minor holes, fraying, or fading.


Wearing Group

Another difference is that ripped jeans and distressed jeans suit different groups of people.

  • Ripped jeans are more suitable for slim or skinny people.
  • Distressed jeans are suitable for all body types. Ripped jeans are also more casual than distressed jeans.


What Kind of Denim Fabric Is Suitable for Ripped Jeans and Distressed Jeans?


Next, we extend to a question: What kind of denim fabric is suitable for ripped and distressed jeans?

Distressed jeans and ripped jeans use similar denim fabrics.

Many different denim fabrics are on the market, but the best fabric for distressed ripped jeans is 100% cotton denim. Because denim containing Lycra does not fray as easily as cotton denim, it is best to choose cotton denim for frays and holes.

However, 100% cotton jeans have no stretch and are uncomfortable to wear, so in recent years, the new denim fabric blended with cotton and T400 is more suitable for distressed jeans and ripped jeans! That’s because T400 is a spandex-free spandex made from two different polymers that shrink to varying degrees and form a smooth spiral crimp for long-lasting stretch and shape retention.

For example, ZEVA DENIM products AT1214 and AT2151 use T400 for their weft yarns. Therefore, it has the advantages of no curling at the opening of the weft yarn, small and stable shrinkage, etc.AT1214 and AT2151 can be used to make shirting denim. AT1214 can be used to make ripped jeans and distressed jeans!

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Often, the stretch yarns tend to curl together where denim is torn, preventing jeans or other denim garments from holding their shape. This unsightly problem always makes designers hesitant to create garments, or people spend more time in the washing process to avoid this problem. Not so with the AT1214 and AT2151. You’ll get a straight weft yarn at the ripped location, similar in appearance to non-stretch cotton yarn. Therefore AT1214 and AT2151 can be used in various apparel applications, especially for distressed and ripped jeans.


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