Inspiration + Shopping: How to Wear Distressed Denim Jeans

It should come as no surprise that I have way too many pairs of jeans. I cleaned out my closet last week and rounded up at least a dozen pair of jeans to part ways with. Mostly it’s just a hoarding issue but part of it is my inability to say no to a good pair of denim.

On my hunt for the perfect pair of {insert jean type/style/color here}, one pair that has eluded me is a great pair of distressed denim jeans. There’s been lots of trial and error but no single pair of distressed denim made the cut (no pun intended) in last week’s purge. Since I’m trying to be more intentional and less impulsive about what I add to my closet this fall, I’m doing some serious research to hunt down a great pair of distressed jeans.Because when it comes to wearing ripped jeans, I still want to look put together not sloppy. That’s why I love the simple styling the gals below followed – white tee, blazer, heels or simple boots and sneakers. I’m like Goldilocks on my mission – not too tight but not too baggy, not too ripped up (can’t look like a total slob or look like I’m trying to be too young), not too light or too dark. When I finally stumble upon this denim unicorn, I will let you know.

Until then, I’m using these looks as my guide. I’ve also rounded up some serious contenders below. I have a feeling it’s going to take a lot of stops in the dressing room before I find “the one.”

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The hunt begins…

Inspiration: 20 Forecastle Festival Outfits to Try This Weekend

The rain is {finally!} gone and it’s time to start getting ready for Forecastle Festival. It’s looking to be a good one with clear skies and a lineup that includes Sam Smith, Modest Mouse and Louisville’s own My Morning Jacket. I’m still not sure if I’ll be heading out there this year but I love me some festival style so why not help those of you heading to the Waterfront get ready for the weekend.

Now when it comes to festival style, I’m not advocating that you grab one of everything from Forever 21 and Free People to look like a festi-girl caricature. So let’s not layer crop tops, flower crowns, cut-offs, fringe, graphic tank-tops, flash tattoos, kimonos, gladiator sandals, more fringe and braids. Maybe just pick a couple of your favorites (choose your own adventure –  festival style). For the rest of your look, here’s some tips to keep in mind.

* Remember the three C’s: casual, cool (and by cool, I mean temperature wise) and most importantly comfortable.

* No Heels Allowed. This seems obvious but you’d be surprised. You’re gonna be on your feet all day so leave the heels at home. Also, it will most likely still be muddy down at the Waterfront, so you may want to drag out an old pair of sneakers (or just grab a pair of knock-off keds or slip-ons at Target) or flat booties instead of flip-flops. The mom in me must also point out that there will probably be broken glass and no one wants to deal with a first-aid pit stop.

* Bring a water bottle. I always try to remember this and always forget. It’s supposed to be crazy hot on Saturday and Sunday, so you’ll need to stay hydrated if you want to make it to the last show. There is a massive water station where you can refill for days but it’s a giant pain if you’re having to use tiny cups. Bring a water bottle and you’ll be set for the day.

* Pack it Up. Buddy up with a friend and bring a backpack instead of an annoying purse. Throw your watter bottles in there (they won’t fit in a little cross-body), along with other essentials like sunscreen, deodorant (just me? that’s cool. no but really, there’s nothing worse than being by a smelly person) and a fold-up blanket for the less-crowded acts (you gotta sit at some point). My sweaty ass would probably bring an extra shirt too (TMI? Sorry). Throw enough crap in there and you can probably sneak in some booze or beers.

* Don’t forget to eat the fair food. First off, fair food is delicious. Second, you’re gonna need some food if you’re planning for a full day of partying. So just get the bratwurst.

* Reconsider the Romper. Okay okay okay, I know rompers are great and most of the time hit all three of the C’s. BUT you MUST consider whether you can use a port-a-potty while wearing one. Worst case scenario – you’re trying to get back into the romper when someone accidentally opens the door to said port-a-potty. Now I know there are some rompers that allow for easy changing or using the bathroom but I would just suggest that you think things through before committing to a romper.

Now on to the inspiration:

What to Wear to Forecastle Festival * Forecastle Style
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What to Wear to Forecastle Festival * Festival Style Inspiration
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Forecastle Festival Outfit Inspiration * What to Wear to Forecastle
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Forecastle Festival Outfit Inspiration * Cut-offs
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What to Wear to Forecastle Festival * Forecastle Festival Style
Poppy Delvigne | Image: Grazia.Daily.Co.UK
What to Wear to Forecastle Festival
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What to wear to Forecastle Festival * Festival Style Inspiration
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What to Wear to Forecastle Festival
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What to WEar to Forecastle Festival * Festival Style Inspiration
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What to Wear to Forecastle Festival * Heart Sunglasses
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What to Wear to Forecastle Festival * Festival Style
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Forescastle Festival Outfit Inspiration * What to wear to Forescastle
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What to Wear to Forecastle Festival * Festival Style
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What to Wear to Forecastle Festival * Festival Style
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Forecastle Festival Outfit Inspiration
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Forecastle Festival Style Inspiration * Festival Style Inspiration
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Forecastle Festival Style Inspiration * Festival Outfit Inspiration
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What to Wear to Forecastle Festival * FEstival Style Inspiration
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What to Wear to Forecastle Festival * Festival Style Inspiration
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What to Wear to Forecastle Festival * Festival Style Inspiration
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