In recent years, the trend of wearing damaged clothing has become increasingly popular. From ripped jeans to frayed hemlines, people are embracing the imperfections in their garments and making them a style statement.

But why is damaged clothing considered cool to wear? Cause it shows you aren't afraid to buck the status quo, and that you live life in your clothes. Basically, it shows confidence, which is what we are all looking for, right?

Distressed sweaters and denim are particularly nice pieces to wear if they have been damaged or distressed. And don't worry, you don't have to do a bunch of manual labor in your stuff to get the distressed look. You can buy plenty of hand-distressed stuff from your favorite designer to get that living-in-it look.  

Here's why should search out some damaged/worn shizz for your wardrobe.

Damaged clothing adds character to your outfit.

Some of my favorite recent pieces are distressed leather jackets. Here we've got RRL, Diesel, and Acne studios with standout worn-looking coats.

Damaged clothing adds a unique touch to an otherwise ordinary outfit. Wearing a piece of clothing with a rip or a tear can instantly make an outfit more interesting and eye-catching. It shows that you are not afraid to step out of the box and embrace your individuality.

Damaged clothing may help the environment.

By choosing to wear damaged clothing, you are reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. Instead of buying new clothes, you are giving a second life to something that would have otherwise been discarded.

This not only saves resources but also helps to reduce the questionable carbon footprint of the fashion industry.

Obviously, this only applies to clothing you've worn yourself, and not new distressed clothing, but let it be your permission slip to take your favorite denim in for repair, or to purchase something upcycled, instead of buying a new.  

Damaged clothing makes a statement:

R13 makes some seriously cool distressed/damaged clothing.

Wearing damaged clothing can be a form of self-expression and can make a statement about your values and beliefs. It can give people the impression that you are not afraid to take risks and stand out from the crowd, you maverick you.

Damaged clothing creates a vintage look.

NEEDLES is a brand that specializes in giving pieces a vintage look with their "rebuilds". 

Some damaged clothing can give a vintage look that is highly sought after. A frayed hemline on a denim jacket, for example, can make it look like it has been worn for years and gives it a well-loved and lived-in feel.

Damaged clothing is comfortable and casual.

Spanish Designer Isabel Benenato makes some of the coolest distressed pieces going. 

Damaged clothing often has a relaxed, casual feel to it, and you can't discard the comfort factor. Worn clothing that you've had for a while is often worn for a reason, that reason being that it feels good to wear. So don't trip on wearing stuff that has become tried and true to you throughout the years.

Embrace the damage, my man.

The John Elliot "Hemi" shirts are some of my favorites, featuring an unfinished hem for a loy-key worn look. 

Damaged clothing is not just a trend – it is a statement. By choosing to wear clothes that are not perfect, you are embracing your individuality, saving the environment like a boss, and creating a unique look that everybody that matters will no doubt dig.

So next time you see a piece of damaged clothing, don't shy away from it – instead, embrace its imperfections and make it work for you. ✌🏻.

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