6 Pairs of Ripped Jeans You Can Wear on Casual Friday

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Men’s jeans | Source: @phillippegazarstyle via @menwithstreetstyle (left)/@menwithstreetstyle (right)

When you really think about it, there are very few places where you can’t wear a pair of jeans. In fact, a study conducted by online retailer Littlewoods.com, which looked at British style preferences, found that not only does denim rate higher among luxurious fabrics like leather, fur, and wool, but they found that denim is no longer considered just a casual option, it’s so much more than that. The study, which was reported by the Daily Mail, found that nearly a quarter of British men wear jeans practically everyday, about 312 days out of the year or more, but on average, they don jeans on 181 of them.

Surprisingly, the research also revealed that denim’s status has elevated, finding that one in 11 men, or approximately 9%, say that they consider it acceptable to wear jeans to a job interview. What’s more, 40% of 35 to 44 year old’s are wearing denim to the office daily. It doesn’t seem like we’ll be pledging our allegiance to any other piece of clothing that has such deep sartorial history as denim.

If you’re lucky enough to be able to wear jeans to your place of business everyday, then in a way, every day is Casual Friday, but if not, this guide is for you. Depending upon your place of business, it might be nearly impossible to wear a pair of ripped jeans to your law firm on Casual Friday, but perhaps if it’s done subtly enough and with the right combination of clothing above the waist, you can pull it off without a problem. Despite advice to the contrary, here are 6 pairs of jeans that you can definitely try out for Casual Friday. Just remember to keep it smart and tasteful.

1. Jean Shop ‘Jim’ Slim Fit Selvedge Jeans

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Selvedge jeans | Source: Nordstrom

This fantastic pair of denim from Jean Shop is the least ripped of all the denim on this list. Made from a durable selvedge denim, and baked-in 3D whiskers with prominent distressing adds a true rugged character to the pants. These are a high quality pair with rips that appear only on the back pockets and just above the thighs. They are the definition of rugged sophisticated-ness in the form of a pair of denim.

2. Topman Ripped Slim Fit Jeans

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Ripped slim fit jeans | Source: Nordstrom

Our love for this fast fashion brand runs deep. We think it’s totally acceptable to wear these tapered jeans to the office with strategically placed ripped holes that give off a worn-vintage rocker appearance. They truly look fantastic with a pair of Chelsea boots or even a minimal leather low-top trainer.

3. Saint Laurent Slim-Fit 15.5 cm Hem Denim Jeans

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Denim jeans | Source: Mr Porter

In Saint Laurent we trust because Saint Laurent does no wrong. It’s safe to call these the most refined looking ripped jeans you can find. With their slashed knee detailing, as well as their washed broken-in finish, these jeans are a cross between refinement and rock ‘n’ roll that you can certainly wear to the office on Casual Friday.

4. H&M Straight Regular Ripped Jeans

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Ripped jeans | Source: H&M

If you’re on a tight budget, these straight ripped jeans from H&M are the answer to your “what should I wear on Casual Friday that’s budget-friendly” woes. A classic 5-pocket denim that’s also cool enough to wear off-duty and well into the summer.

5. Frame ‘L’Homme’ Slim Fit Jeans 

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Ripped denim | Source: Nordstrom

These Frame L’Homme jeans have a certain je ne sais quoi to them. They’re made of a soft extra-stretchy light but perfect for spring wash and a nice vintage finish. They are tailored from the knee to the ankle, and these super-versatile slim-fitting jeans are not too tight and not too loose — just perfect for the office.

6. True Religion Brand Jeans ‘Rocco’ Slim Fit Jeans 

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Men’s jeans | Source: Nordstrom

This trusted denim brand never disappoints. These signature Rocco Slim Fit Jeans are crafted from a soft, light-grey denim that’s been touched up with highlights and distressed holes at the knees for that perfect pre-worn looking appearance. What better time than now to try a lighter pair of denim this season, and oh yeah, you can wear these on Casual Friday too.

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