The Ripped Knee Jeans

I can’t say I’ve ever owned a pair of ripped jeans before. Formerly full-length pairs that I’ve mauled into various guises of denim bottoms – pedal pushers, ridiculous bum-skimming shorts – yes, but purposefully knee-torn ones? No. This is mainly due to the fact that shredded knees come with connotations of coolness; a trait I most definitely do not possess. But then I spotted a pair on Whistles. And armed with the Grazia 25% off code? Well that changed everything…Β 

There is something about that site that puts a spell on me and makes me believe that I need a pair of flamingo emblazoned silk trousers in my life. Don’t ask. However it was the Distressed Maysa Skinny Jean that I succumbed to, voucher in hand and with a sliver of doubt in my mind that I’d ever be able to actually pull them off. But you know what? I think I can. Firstly they make a nice alternative to my usual uniform of black Topshop Leighs. Secondly they have that whole ‘dress up, dress down’ quality going on that every single piece I pick up from Whistles seems to magically have woven into them. Paired with pointy courts and a strappy top for the evening or clomppy boots and a knit for the day are my favourite ways to incorporate them. They’re comfy, not too high (nor low) in cut and the fact that they’re only flesh showing on the knee means you can be tactical in your shaving routine.

I’m rather enjoying my jeans with a badass edge. They serve as poignant reminder in my wardrobe that perhaps the denim mauling is best left to others. #PedalPusherProblems

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  • The jeans look so rad.

    xx glamdevils

  • Shrutilaya

    You have legs to die for. And ripped jeans – so incredibly cool.

  • Sophie β™₯

    Legs for days! These ripped legs look chic without being too much of an overkill.

  • Bella

    You look utterly perfect in those jeans.

  • amycino

    Your legs are looking skinnier Anna! And the jeans compliment this xxx

  • I actually really like these! Normally I’m not one for ripped jeans, but they look really nice.

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  • These are so cute, especially with those heels! The only ripped jeans I own are just ripped because I’ve owned them for 5 years now, but this is definitely making me want to go out and buy some!

  • Anna

    I want those jeans almost as much as I want your legs! That wasn’t meant to sound creepy πŸ™‚

  • Sarah

    Great find! Spot on for the whole dress up & down thing. Quick qst, do they size the same as Topshop Leighs in terms of 26,27,28 etc?? xxx


    Loving the idea of ‘tactical shaving’!

  • Ella

    I had a pair of blue topshop Leighs that were the best thing since sliced bread – they fitted flawlessly, the colour was absolutely perfect (neither too dark for the spring wardrobe or too light for my winter pieces) and they went. with. EVERYTHING. However, one offer to help at my 5 year old niece’s Clown Town birthday party changed it all; two massive rips on each knee now graced the once-perfect blue denim. Raging, I threw the jeans into my charity bin bag as soon as I got home. Big mistake, now apparently ripped jeans are a ‘thing’ – moral of the story is, don’t throw away clothes when you’re angry, and topshop Leighs are flimsy and rubbish (although take a look at my 6-piece collection and you might think otherwise).

  • Id love to try ripped jeans! xx

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  • Sophie

    I cannot fathom paying nearly Β£100 for a pair of jeans, but that’s just me.

  • Teresa Sinaguglia

    the look lovely πŸ™‚

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  • Jessica Whitbread

    They look gorgeous! I don’t usually like ripped jeans but I love these!

  • I can’t tell you how long I’ve been searching for the perfect pair of ripped jeans… and these are very close to perfect! Great post πŸ™‚

  • I definitely want to try some ripped jeans but ive always been too afraid

    Elizabeth x

  • Harriet

    I absolutely love ripped jeans! And these ones are so sophisticated πŸ™‚ x

  • Joana

    I love those jeans and you look great on them! You definitely made me want to purchase a pair of ripped skinny jeans! Or I just grab a pair of old skinnies and cut them myself!

  • I love these, they really suit you as well! I may have to have a look for some for myself…

    Tiny Alis

  • These look gorgeous on you!

  • Parisian To Be

    These look amazing on you, Anna! If anyone isn’t cool enough to pull them off, it’s definitely me…but I’ll try anyway.

    xo Lillian from Parisian To Be

  • Kat

    these look fantastic on you and look great with those shoes! I’d like to try some ripped jeans but I think I’m just too short and stumpy to pull them off as well as you do!

    Kat xx

  • Zazie Bibi

    I somehow always end up ripping my jeans and i never know how haha! This pair looks gorgeous though x

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  • Lauren S

    i like how these aren’t ‘too’ ripped, it’s subtle and good for those who aren’t as daring (ie maybe me) very sophisticated still and warm on the knees πŸ˜‰

    Lauren x

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  • I love ripped jean! Mine broke (oh the irony) a couple of months ago so I have to get a new pair.
    Have an amazing day πŸ™‚

  • L_M

    Do you mean ‘succumbed to’ rather than ‘scummed to’? I loved this post – I love the whole blog – but couldn’t work out what you meant. Sorry for the correction : (

    • I think she meant “succumbed” as well! Proof reading has its benefits!

  • Allyson Lyn

    Love the look of these & the shoes – they go well together!

  • sofika
  • Wow, these jeans look amazing on you – I envy your legs!

    Emily x

  • you look so amazing in these! You can def pull them off, you need to wear jeans more often, you look banging in them!

  • I really like the wash of these jeans, though I’m probably more of a black denim type of gal.

  • Daniella

    They have such a lovely fit, I really like ripped jeans with leather jackets. Think they go so well together
    Daniella x

  • Philippa

    they look great! i haven’t owned a pair of washed out blue denim jeans in years and years!

  • Camilla

    They look great! And so do your legs :))

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  • I’d love a pair of ripped jeans but it just seems odd to buy something that’s ‘damaged’. I’ve tried ripping my own, but I’m never satisfied with the rips.

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  • Sarah Reed

    For the love of all that is holy, please, please, please do not buy those flamingo trousers! What in the world are those things?? The hideousness in combination with the insane price tag should be a no-brainer. JUST DON’T DO IT!

  • Amy

    I love how you’ve paired these with your courts and plain black top! It’s effortlessly chic! X.

  • Amanda

    They look incredible! Probably something to do with those impressive pins you have Anna!

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  • alicekatex

    These look great! I got some from Zara way back but the holes got bigger and now they look ridiculous πŸ™ β™₯

  • Loving these on you, Anna! Perfect paired with those heels πŸ™‚

  • Caitlin

    “…and the fact that they’re only flesh showing on the knee means you can be tactical in your shaving routine.” A woman after my own heart.

  • liannabell

    “…tactical in your shaving routine.” This has me written all over it. I had lovely smooth ankles and knees the other day, due to some lovely cropped ripped boyfriend jeans…x

  • Strawbry_Blonde

    Ha, I actually applied self tan only behind the ripped bits of my jeans last week! *blush*

    Love these on you!

    Nic x

  • Jen

    These look amazing on you!

    ^my holy grail beauty products on the blog today

  • I love ripped jeans! Especially together with a cute dressy top or a blazer!

  • Charlotte Copeland

    I’m all over ripped jeans atm x

  • These jeans look amazing! I’m still trying to figure out how to rip some old pair of mine myself on behalf of my savings account πŸ˜›

  • Manouk

    I love ripped jeans! I own a pair and you won’t believe the times I heard: ‘ehm, excuse me but your jeans are ripped’ DOH I know, come up with another pick up line already. Lol

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  • Gillian

    I’m loving this trend

  • Sbolt

    Whistles stuff looks really nice when you wear it and it always makes me want their stuff, but I think their website is awful, the way the models stand gives the clothes no shape at all, the clothes look loads better on the asos site. I think it’s an ‘effect’ that they are going for but it’s awful!
    Anyway, gorgeous jeans!

  • London Bride

    I DIY’d my own pair last week (scalpel, cheese grater & a pencil, easiest custom clothing ever!) and had no end of stick as I’m the ‘other’ side of 30 so perhaps should know better, but the fact that Whistles has these makes me quite smug. Though I should say you definitely wear them better than I do, the fit is superb (and I like that the knees rips are different, identical rips are so not badass.)

  • Oh I do love a pair of ripped jeans but they are a pain when you go to put them on and you keep putting your foot out the various holes.. Hmm I hope that’s not just me.. awkward

  • i am absolutely loving ripped jeans at the moment. I actually did the rips in my jeans myself, on an old pair I hadn’t worn in ages.

    Jess x

  • Amber Hunter

    For a while there was a whole “distressed” denim trend with rips all over but I’ve been loving the single rips at the knees and I’d love to get myself a black pair. These look amazing on you and they look like they fit wonderfully!
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  • TalΓ­a CardeΓ±a
  • I’ve actually never owned a pair of ripped jeans. I might DIY some if I find cheap jeans that fit at a thrift store.


  • Daniella




  • These look like such good quality jeans, shame about the price though x

  • thebeautymist

    I’m planning to rip some of my own cause they look gorgeous:) x

  • Wow! We weren’t so sure on this trend – but you and the Londoner have totally convinced us! Love the different ways of styling them you describe too πŸ™‚

    Eve & Faye x

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  • Isamour

    Ripped jeans never get old. It’s always fashionable!

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  • Jocelyn

    I love your style Anna! I recently did a style post on my blog- would love if you checked it out! xx

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell
  • I love them so much, with the black courts they look even more amazing with a sophisticated edge to them! Love the look


  • Penny Lane

    I have been loving your style posts recently! We have similar style so I will be crossing my fingers that these jeans appear on asos!

  • Caz

    Keep up the style bits Anna, they’re great! X

  • absolutely love these jeans i wish i picked up a grazia now!

  • guru chatter

    I’m not sure if I like this trend

  • I love ripped jeans for the fall time, especially when they have a dark wash, it goes great with a comfy sweater and boots!

  • Dagny Stefansdottir

    I am loving this trend. I had a pair of black (faded) jeans that were on the way into the trash but I decided why not purposely rip them up by the knee. I use them mainly for daytime, paired with my chunky knitted sweater and boots. I love that.

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  • kimvyhl .

    Hi Vivianna! I’ve been reading your blog since the beginning, but I never commented! You are one of my favorite blogge to read ; your writing style always makes me feel you are actually talking to us! I have a little question about sizing. I’m usually UK10 in Zara, would you say it equals perfectly to 28 in whistles jeans? ( i live in canada, so it would help me to have your advice) If it is not too indiscrete, what size are you? thank you for you time!