Ripped jeans are jeans with rips, often on the knees. They were popular in the late 1980s during the hard rock/heavy metal era and in the 1990s and 2000s during the grunge era, and were worn by grunge artists such as Kurt Cobain and fans of the latter movement. Worn and ripped jeans remain popular as they are still sold in stores. In the early 2010s, ripped jeans came back in style, as a 90s revival, but were sometimes introduced as Distressed - similar to ripped jeans, but the horizontial sewing point was removed to look like it was distressed.

Ripped jeans may arise naturally as a result of wear and tear. For people who are unwilling or unable to achieve this, jeans may be deliberately distressed by suppliers who may then sell the jeans with a worn look for more than a brand new pair. For example, Pucci sold “embellished mid-rise boyfriend jeans” for £600.


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John Fiske sees wearing of ripped jeans as an example for his concept of excorporation, which “is the process by which the subordinate make their own culture out of the resources and commodities provided by the dominant system”. When wearing ripped jeans, i. e. products, that are used beyond their replacement date, one reduces the number of jeans purchased and thereby one's participation in capitalism. Those who intentionally display ripped jeans, are typically not poor but do this as a conscious choice and thereby commit an act of resistance. They take creative ownership of the product purchased.


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