Why People Love the Distressed Clothing Trend
Most of the clothing crafted by designers is usually created from inspirations of their surroundings like modern and ancient architecture, nature and animals. Another major influence on fashion trends and new design techniques and patterns is often a reflection of what is happening in the world at the time. This is why Pantone’s predictions are so on point when choosing the “color of the year” because it's typically selected by the current events and they find ways to interpret them through color definition to help set and convey a certain atmosphere in the fashion industry (and not only) for the entire year.
Distressed clothing trend means different things to different people. What I think it symbolizes, is hard work! It represents regular people who rock torn and distressed clothes all the time, working and grinding on their knees and knuckles in the streets. I think that recently, designers have shifted their prospective on fashion in a major way to connect with their consumers and instead of aiming for the most perfect detailing and straightest hems, they started adding tears and bleach splashes creating fake defectiveness to give the clothes history and certain personality. The vibe it gives out is as though someone has been through some rough times but still looks incredible in them ripped jeans and a stained t-shirt. And it looks cool because imperfection is beautiful!
In general, I love that through fashion, you can make a statement about who you are, what you love, hate or believe in. But as much as it can define a person, it can also unintentionally produce false impressions, especially with this trend, as not everyone understands the idea behind ruining perfectly good clothes, and this is why trends fade away.
What does distressed clothing mean to you?
Bodysuit - Étincelle Couture (Paris)
Jacket – American Rag
Belt – Avignon (Spain)
Jeans - Machine Pour Neuf Mode
Booties - ALDO - Vohnda Mid-Calf Booties
Socks – Pierre Mantoux – Cotton Sock w/ tie Detail