Smartening up

There was a time when the whole point of ripped denim was to come off looking tough, careless, grungy and alternative. But in fashion, all things can have their essence, their very philosophy, realigned. Thus against all contradiction, ripped denim can have a smart, deliberate look that’s still careless but in an effortlessly chic – and not a grungy – way. Like this street style look from Milan.

ripped denim street style

Worn with a slouchy yet clean black tee and studded Valentino pointed pumps, this outfit blends the ease of ripped jeans with classic elements.

Photo: Imaxtree

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.