Shirts to wear with ripped jeans

Ripped jeans are in style for men and women. But, you can’t wear just any old t-shirt with them. You need the right one.

Here are some tips for picking out a shirt to wear with ripped jeans:

1) Make sure it fits well. If you have a small waist, but big hips, you’ll want to stick to shirts that have an A-line silhouette. If you’re pear-shaped (bigger at the top than the bottom), try on clothes that are fitted through the middle and then flare out at the bottom. If you have a big belly or love handles, look for shirts with extra room around your tummy area so they don’t pull when you wear them with tight pants or jeans. And finally, if you’re curvier up top (like me!), choose tops that are cut straight across the chest instead of V-necks or scoop necks because they’ll look more flattering than their more revealing counterparts!

2) Match your shoes to your top! I’m not saying match your shoes exactly—that would be weird—but make sure they’re not completely different colors or styles than each other so they don’t clash when you put them together; otherwise it makes it hard to focus on anything else but

shirts to wear with ripped jeans

1. Dress up with a structured blazer

If you want to inject a semblance of formality to casual jeans, throwing in a sleek blazer is always a good idea.

Naomi Watts wears ripped casual jeans with a structured blazer and metallic sneakers

Naomi Watts wears ripped casual jeans with a structured blazer and metallic sneakers

Naomi Watts chose a black structured blazer and wore it with a perforated white blouse and silver laceless sneakers.

Naomi Watts leaves Brentwood Mart after shopping with a friend in Los Angeles on March 8, 2014

Naomi Watts leaves Brentwood Mart after shopping with a friend in Los Angeles on March 8, 2014

Get This: J Brand 835 Midrise Capri Jeans, $279.25

Matching ripped knees give these J Brand skinny jeans a deconstructed, yet symmetrical look

Wear With: Theory Marcela Blazer, $455.00 / BB Dakota Tuck Tank, $55.00 / Superga Mirrored Sneakers, $75.00 / Marc by Marc Jacobs Too Hot to Handle Small Top Handle Bag, $428.00

Theory Marcela Blazer / Dakota Tuck Tank / Superga Mirrored Sneakers / Marc by Marc Jacobs Too Hot to Handle Small Top Handle Bag

2. Keep it neat with a button-down shirt

Rather than a shirt, give your pair of distressed jeans more depth by wearing it with a printed button-down shirt.

Julianne Hough wears a printed button-down shirt with ripped jeans

Julianne Hough wears a printed button-down shirt with ripped jeans

This is a great look to wear if you want to have more age-appropriate attire. Style it up with a bucket bag and ankle boots.

Julianne Hough in good spirits as she grabs a Starbucks coffee to-go in Los Angeles on March 7, 2014

Julianne Hough in good spirits as she grabs a Starbucks coffee-to-go in Los Angeles on March 7, 2014

Get This: AG Adriano Goldschmied Ankle Legging Jeans, $224.00

These distressed AG Adriano Goldschmied skinny jeans have a legging-tight fit

Wear With: Parker Marissa Blouse, $198.00 / Rag & Bone Classic Newbury Booties, $495.00 / A.P.C. Bucket Bag, $720.00 / Saint Laurent Classic Preppy Round Sunglasses, $310.00

Parker Marissa Blouse / Rag & Bone Classic Newbury Booties / A.P.C. Bucket Bag / Saint Laurent Classic Preppy Round Sunglasses

3. Mix with printed outerwear

Take advantage of the sunny season and pair up your trusty distressed jeans with printed outerwear.

Lea Michele shows how to mix distressed jeans with printed outerwear

Lea Michele shows how to mix distressed jeans with printed outerwear

One just like Lea Michele’s floral jacket will definitely suffice.

Lea Michele wears a floral jacket while leaving her hotel

Lea Michele wears a floral jacket while leaving her hotel in New York on May 20, 2014

Get This: Madewell Destroyed Boy Jeans, $128.00

Shredded holes and a faded wash give these casual Madewell boyfriend jeans a cool, undone feel

Wear With: Bella Dahl Racer Back Crop Top, $62.00 / Rebecca Taylor Enchanted Gardens Jacket, $450.00 / Dolce & Gabbana Pointed Toe Pumps, $595.00 / Marc by Marc Jacobs Goodbye Columbus Miru Cross Body Bag, $228.00 / The Row Leather Sunglasses, $425.00

Bella Dahl Racer Back Crop Top / Rebecca Taylor Enchanted Gardens Jacket / Dolce & Gabbana Pointed Toe Pumps / Marc by Marc Jacobs Goodbye Columbus Miru Cross Body Bag / The Row Leather Sunglasses

4. Pair up with an oversized coat

There’s something about skinny jeans and oversized coat pairings that always scream “cool girl”. If a coat is too heavy for you, try a long cardigan for a similar look. Cap it off with a pair of high top sneakers just like Cara Delevingne’s.

Cara Delevingne leaves her hotel wearing high top sneakers

Cara Delevingne leaves her hotel wearing high top sneakers in London on May 15, 2014

Get This: BLK DNM Low Rise Skinny Jeans, $215.00

Shredded holes and heavy fading create a worn-in look on figure-hugging BLK DNM skinny jeans

Wear With: Wilt Basic Big Back Slant Sweatshirt, $139.00 / Carven Linen Coat, $790.00 / Marc by Marc Jacobs Haircalf High Top Sneakers, $318.00

Wilt Basic Big Back Slant Sweatshirt / Carven Linen Coat / Marc by Marc Jacobs Haircalf High Top Sneakers

5. Wear a V-neck tee tucked into your jeans

Stick with the basics if you want an easy dressing up formula. A basic V-neck tee worn with your distressed pants will never fail you.

Hilary Duff styled her ripped jeans with a basic V-neck tee

Hilary Duff styled her ripped jeans with a basic V-neck tee

But try to amp it up with statement accessories like a pair of hoop earrings or long necklaces.

Hilary Duff leaving Rise Movement Gym in Los Angeles on April 21, 2014

Hilary Duff leaving Rise Movement Gym in Los Angeles on April 21, 2014

Get This: MOTHER The Muse Straight Skinny Jeans, $196.00

Shredded holes and worn edges give a distressed feel to MOTHER skinny jeans, rendered in a figure-hugging silhouette

Wear With: LNA Deep V Tee, $52.00 / Belle by Sigerson Morrison Yoko Booties, $295.00 / Rebecca Minkoff Medium MAB Tote, $255.00 / Kenneth Jay Lane Horn Necklace, $88.00 / Gorjana Arc Hoop Earrings, $54.00

LNA Deep V Tee / Belle by Sigerson Morrison Yoko Booties / Rebecca Minkoff Medium MAB Tote / Kenneth Jay Lane Horn Necklace / Gorjana Arc Hoop Earrings

6. High waisted distressed jeans with vintage-inspired pieces

Distressed jeans also work with vintage-inspired pieces. Try January Jones’ button-down shirt tucked into jeans look.

January Jones’ button down shirt tucked into her distressed jeans

January Jones’ button-down shirt tucked into her distressed jeans

Wear this with a pair of loafers and a satchel bag for a chic daytime garb.

January Jones takes son Xander to lunch at Houston's restaurant before grocery shopping in Pasadena in Los Angeles on April 7, 2014

January Jones takes son Xander to lunch at Houston’s restaurant before grocery shopping in Pasadena in Los Angeles on April 7, 2014

Get This: DL1961 Nolita Slouchy Slim Jeans, $178.00

Muslin-backed holes give these slouchy-slim DL1961 jeans a distressed feel

Wear With: Current/Elliott The Prep School Button Down, $198.00 / Cheap Monday Go Tractor Oxfords, $140.00 / Viktor & Rolf Structured Tote, $5,590.00 / Stella McCartney Cat-Eye Sunglasses, $190.00

Current/Elliott The Prep School Button Down / Cheap Monday Go Tractor Oxfords / Viktor & Rolf Structured Tote / Stella McCartney Cat-Eye Sunglasses

There’s no excuse not to look great when you are out and about in the city! Try these celebrity-inspired daytime outfits featuring your ripped jeans!

While some celebrities prefer to stay away from ripped jeans that focus on exposing the knees for fear of having their “knee face” criticized, some of the riskier ones couldn’t care less. The exposed knee ripped jeans trend can get pretty awkward if not done properly, often resulting in questioning as to whether said celebrity still has enough money to buy herself a decent pair of jeans.

Luckily, there were some celebrities who’ve done the trend justice.

7. Mommy jeans and sneakers

I’m not a fan of the mommy-jeans-and-sneakers combination because the proportion it creates is that of one who was stunted at puberty. But seeing that Leona Lewis was traveling when this photo was taken, I decided to be a bit more understanding.

Paired with the right heels, this blazer-and-denim look can easily go from the office to a casual dinner out with friends.

Leona Lewis rocks ripped mommy jeans with sneakers

Leona Lewis rocks ripped mommy jeans with sneakers while arriving at the Heathrow Airport – 20 May 2014

8. White ripped skinny jeans

It’s pretty hard to pull off the ripped jeans trend in a chic all-white ensemble while around children who are happily kicking up dirt, but Heidi Klum is not your ordinary everyday mom (okay, so she has the advantage of being a supermodel).

We love how she paired her skinnies with sneakers and a comfortable looking sweater. She doused her outfit with simple silver jewelry and a clutch to take her outfit from plain to casual sophistication.

Heidi Klum wears ripped white jeans with an asymmetrical hem Helmut Lang sweater

Heidi Klum wears ripped white jeans with an asymmetrical hem Helmut Lang sweater in Brentwood on November 2, 2013

9. Ripped knee jeans

Ashley Benson inserted a little bit of Western flair into her bare knee look by pairing her dark jeans with an oversized plaid shirt, fedora hat, and suede boots.

She chose a structured black tote to balance out the country flavor with a bit of the city. Accessorize the look with minimalistic silver jewelry to give the boyish look a slender feel.

Ashley Benson wears ripped knee jeans and ankle boots in Santa Monica

Ashley Benson wears ripped knee jeans and ankle boots in Santa Monica on October 16, 2013

10. Frayed denim

If there’s one word that comes to mind when seeing Jenna’s outfit, it’s the word fresh.

We admire how Jenna Dewan was able to pull together frayed denim, a pleated top, and suede gladiator sandals (definitely not your typical combination) and emerge unscathed. She perfected the look right down to her tortoiseshell sunglasses and simple gold cuffs.

Jenna Dewan Tatum looking casual in West Hollywood

Jenna Dewan Tatum looking casual in West Hollywood on March 19, 2014

11. Pinstripes and contrast stitching

If you’re as tall as Alessandra Ambrosio, then, by all means, throw on a bunch of oversized clothes and a pair of flat sandals while throwing caution to the wind.

For the rest of us mere human beings, however, a little precaution should be taken when picking out oversized clothing. Ironically, the oversized trend needs to be just the right size, otherwise, you may end up looking like your clothes swallowed you whole.

Pay attention to the proportions you create by using the rule of thirds. Pinstripes and contrast stitching bring a vintage appeal to Alessandra Ambrosio’s relaxed sass & bide jeans, while heavy fading and shreds complete the worn-in look.

Alessandra Ambrosio At Pacific Park

Alessandra Ambrosio carries her son, Noah Phoenix Ambrosio Mazur, in Santa Monica on April 27, 2014

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