Societies proof that dressing like a hobo has finally ascending to becoming a status symbol.

Popularized in the 1980s, the fashion trend revolves around wearing jeans which are ripped, frayed, bleached or excessively worn. In spite of common sense indicating otherwise, it has continued to remain popular with large segments of teenagers and young adults.

Often bought for outrageous prices in excess of $100 at popular mall clothing stores such as Abercrombie & Fitch.
Why people would pay more for ripped jeans than regular, intact denim jeans is beyond me.
by PocketPick April 11, 2009
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basically the most attacked clothing at any family event
granny: what are you wearing young lady?
me: uh jeans?
granny- they are ripped jeans!!
me: ...
by kylehhhh April 21, 2019
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Jeans that are oximoronically(new word?) pre-ripped. Basically poser teenagers buy these for extremely high prices so they can look cool, tough, and weathered.
Real Ripped Jeans:
Hey look, that guy has a pair of work pants with holes in them. He must be pretty hard working.

Fake:
Wow, that guy is a fuckin' poser.
by Me47 April 18, 2011
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Smartest thing invented. Makes teenage girls think they make them look cool because they probably saw some "hip" celebrity wearing them on MTV.
14 year old girl: OMG! Like, check out my brand new ripped jeans that I bought at abercrombie yesterday. They were on sale for, like, $110!
Me: *trips girl, causing her to scrape her knee*. I'm sorry, that was an accident. Why were you wearing ripped jeans?
by Brother Moses January 09, 2006
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What better way to look cool than torn-up, ripped jeans?
by pensi December 03, 2005
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A really cute and trendy way to sum up an outfit but damn they are hard af to get on once you wear them once the rips start to tear and then you have to cut them off soon enough theres no more strings holding the rips together and then you look like whenever Billie Eilish wears those weird ripped jeans that have no strings and her knees fall straight out of her pants when she walks, also whenever you try to put them on your feet go straight through the rips and you make even more tears in the strings
Wow look at Jessi she looks super cute in those brand new Brandy Melville ripped jeans.

Ewwww look at Gabbi her ripped jeans have no more strings left!!!! she sooo looks like Billie Eyelash
by hannah.writes.dumb.af.words October 20, 2019
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"A massive hit from the 1980's - early 90's, this type of jeans slowly seemingly to come back into the modern fashion statement of the latest decade along with the '1980's return' retro craze. - Alternatively today in the modern world of fashion, casually worn by many celebrities, & 'people who can pull them off' relying on the additional clothing. they generally can either look 'REALLY GOOD', OR 'REALLY BAD'. A pair of pre-torn jeans can be bought varying from almost any price range, some extending to far beyond the average purchase price. For instance, a normal pair of Gucci jeans that had been distressed, ripped and covered with African beads, when they debuted in October 1998 in Milan, were priced at $3,134.

You will notice that Good designer brands such as Diesel, G-star, Replay, Vivienne Westwood etc. all include into some of their range a slight tattered pre-torn/pre-ripped effect usually found amongst the higher paid jeans for their brands but can vary.
old school "Ripped Jeans" - An 80's swag jeans, a top casual style of jean within fashion (but if over-done with the wrong clothing will look terrible or if self-torn you're a joker for even walking out the front door).
by DontCATtheSWAG. June 25, 2013
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