Destroyed Denim (+ a fun event!)

black ripped jeans

With the entire city of Chicago buzzing about Lollapalooza over the last week, I’ve had music on the mind. I’m going to Lolla all three days this weekend and I’m so excited! This year’s lineup is incredible. The challenging part, though? What to wear!

destroyed black jeans, ankle strap pumps, phillip lim pashli black medium

I always get confused with what to wear to music festivals. My predominately preppy aesthetic isn’t exactly what you think of when you think festival chic. Am I right? Since I prefer fringe, leather, suede, floral crowns, and crop tops in small doses, I tend to feel like my festival fashion is a bit on the boring side compared to other festival-goers.

I’ve been on the hunt for a pair of black destroyed denim jeans for what feels like forever now. My obsession began last fall, but I never found a pair that I wanted to commit to. For me, finding the perfect pair of jeans is one challenging task. I’m sure you can relate!

express jeans

Since I’m hosting the Express Jeans Event next week (you’re invited — more info on that below!), I was browsing around the store a few days ago and fell in love with these black jeans. This outfit is just about as “rock and roll” as I get! Lydia, my old photographer in New York, used to always laugh when I would think I was wearing an edgy outfit. “Girl, that’s bows edgy.” I can still hear her saying it now!

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I picked up these jeans and this incredibly soft tank to wear for a night at Lolla this weekend, but unfortunately I think it’s going to be a little bit too hot for dark denim. (It was 60 degrees in Chicago to start July, who would have thought it would be in the 90’s by the end of the month!) Since I’ve been itching to take these jeans out for a spin, I wore them to an al fresco dinner on a cooler night earlier this week. I kept the rest of my outfit as simple as can be – a great-fitting tank top with a little bit of texture, simple strappy sandals, and a stack of bracelets. You’re probably kind of shocked to see my hair in a messy up-do rather than my typical waves, but what can I say – It’s summertime, it’s usually pretty humid here in Chicago, and I’m relishing in the laid-back vibes of the season. Plus, I kind of felt like bouncy blonde curls didn’t really mix with ripped-up black jeans. 😉

express jeans, phillip lim pashli black

But enough about my style psychosis, and more about the fun stuff – an Express event here in Chicago this coming week! This Thursday, August 6th, I’ll be at Express on Michigan Avenue from 6pm-9pm . There’s complimentary metallic body art and mini manicures inspired by the new collection of #ExpressJeans. So RSVP for you and a friend by emailing [email protected] with MICHIGAN AVENUE in the subject line and come out and mingle with yours truly as the DJ spins while we shop! There will be Express stylists on hand to help you find your perfect fit and exclusive promos during the event including an extra 10% off all jeans promotions (Express NEXT Members get double points on any Jeans purchase! Click here for more details). Plus, if you share your fave #ExpressJeans look on Instagram and tag it with #EXPSweeps & #EXPchicago, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a prize the day of the event. Hope to see you there! xo


black ankle strap heels

what to wear with black ripped jeans

loren hope bracelets

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black ripped jeans, grey muscle tee, loren hope bracelets, phillip lim bag, valentino sunglasses


Get the Look…

Express Destroyed Jean Leggings
Express One Eleven Tank
3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Bag (more colors available here)
Loren Hope Bracelet Stack
Schutz Shoes (Similar at Express — Also available here and here)
Valentino Sunglasses

Created in partnership with Express

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  1. 8.1.15
    Bella B said:

    These jeans look great on you!

  2. 8.1.15
    Natali said:

    Superb casual outfit! LOVE your ripped jeans and bracelets, they made this outfit a very stylish and special one. 🙂

  3. 8.1.15

    Super cute jeans! This is definitely my kind of festival look!

    Her Heartland Soul

  4. 8.1.15
    Lydia said:


  5. 8.1.15
    Liv said:

    What a great pair of jeans.


  6. 8.1.15
    Rebecca said:

    I have a pair just like these and am in love!


  7. 8.1.15
    Meagan said:

    Great jeans! You pull them off well!

  8. 8.2.15

    Pretty outfit! I love your jeans!!

  9. 8.2.15

    Love this look! I am just about as edgy as you so this is something I could definitely see myself wearing without feeling like I was wearing a costume- I’ll have to check out the jeans 🙂

  10. 8.2.15
    Dana said:

    Absolutely obsessing over the way these jeans look on you!

    Pink Champagne Problems

  11. 8.3.15
    Liz Adams said:

    Legz for dayz!

  12. 8.3.15

    How fun! Love those heels.

    xo, Laura

  13. 8.3.15
    Lindsay said:

    Love those jeans!! Such a cute look!!

  14. 8.3.15

    loving this look on you!!! so edgy! i can hear her saying it too 😉

  15. 8.3.15

    Hope you had a blast at Lolla! So jealous I couldn’t make it this year.

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent

  16. 8.3.15
    Aubrey said:

    I love the distressed black demin, super chic.

    xx. The Coastal Confidence

  17. 8.3.15

    Love this look! So girly with an edge… I need those jeans!

  18. 8.3.15
    Jessica said:

    Yes! This outfit is totally my style! I’m gonna need that tank in every single color. You did “bows edgy” very well.


  19. 8.3.15
    Kate said:

    Love, Love, Love the rips in your jeans!

  20. 8.4.15
    Kayla D said:

    I am loving this edgier look! It’s always fun to mix things up from your normal go-to styles!

    Eat Play Dress

  21. 8.4.15

    Best ripped jeans I’ve seen all summer!
    Now I just have to find them and hopefully fit in them!
    Sarah Lynn

  22. 8.5.15
    Grace said:

    I would LOVE a tutorial for your hair here! It’s so artfully pinned up… I’m jealous!


  23. 8.8.15

    Love destroyed jeans! These look great on you!!

  24. 8.12.15
    Emily said:

    This look is awesome!!! Loving the ripped black skinnies!