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Dare to be Daring

Stability or Just Plain Stale

If you’ve ever watched Monk, the TV series about a brilliant detective who has obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), he used to describe his gift as a “blessing and a curse.” I can relate to Monk’s sentiment and though there are some who would disagree with me, I do not have OCD, but I do have some OCD traits.

It began innocently enough when I was little and couldn’t stand to get dirt on my hands. I was constantly washing them which led to repeatedly applying lotion. When I got older and was tasked with household chores nothing irritated me more than when I was finished cleaning, say, the kitchen, and my mother would go right behind me and start cooking – grrrr. In my mind there’s a rule that basically says “when you clean your environment, you keep it clean.”

Outfit #1 - Black Distressed Jean Outfit
Outfit #1 – Black Distressed Jean Outfit

For me the most wonderful part of being a single adult is that I am queen of my surroundings. There is no taking of the knives out-of-order from the knife holder, no putting silverware in the dish drainer upside down and right side up (it’s one way or the other, oh heck let’s face it there is only one way), there are no dirty footprints tracked on my clean floors, no garbage left in my bathroom trash can, no fingerprints on the facets, water on top of  the sink, food on the kitchen counters, spills in the refrigerator, crooked wall hangings, lamp shades, open drawers, doors, cabinets, in other words there is a place for everything and everything in its place – there is order.

On the Fence

So in view of some of my quirks one might gather that I have a difficult time with change. Oddly enough depending on the change I can be okay. For example when I was younger I used to love changing the furniture around in my entire apartment. Every now and then I switch out different display pieces for a fresh look. But there are other things like french fries that I can not, and will not mess with by immersing them in chilli, cheese, gravy or any other kind of sauce. Now that I think about it I don’t even like ketchup on them anymore but I’m getting off track.

When I began seeing distressed jeans with tears here and there it felt a little off to me. Then patches started appearing and patches and tears – oh my. Seriously I had just gotten over the whole asymmetrical look (which ended up not being so bad after all) and now it’s ragged jeans.

Outfit #2 - Distressed Blue Jeans Outfit
Outfit #2 – Distressed Blue Jeans Outfit

I must admit there are trends that I just don’t like – Uggs are right up there on the top of my list. The distressed jeans though – I just don’t know how I feel about them but if a little anxiety is a barometer, I’m on the fence. But today’s post is all about trying something new so I went in search of looks with the holey jeans and I discovered a couple of things.

  1. jeans with symmetrical smallish holes, say, in the knees were alrightish.
  2. jeans with holes and patches had me breaking out the inhaler.

Outfit number 1 – I can envision myself in the jeans below because they are black, high-waisted, and as mentioned above the holes are at the knees and they are symmetrical. A grey v-neck graphic tee with the yellow square National Geographic logo and text below would look fabulous with the jeans and the booties. Speaking of booties these grey suede, peep toe, heels are gorgeous. They are perforated with a floral cutout pattern all over and feature a zipper at the instep. The collarless, double-breasted trench coat with its wide lapels and drop sleeves looks so comfortable, roomy and stylish. Perfect for spring, I could picture carrying a big tote with this coat. Since my other trench coats are more structured this one will definitely stand out. Topping off this ensemble (pun intended) is a black, felt floppy hat that I finally found on Nordstrom a couple of weeks ago. All in all I could pull off this outfit and feel quite comfortable even in distressed jeans.

  • River Island Black ripped knee Lana superskinny jeans | River Island
  • Apricot Long Sleeve Pockets Trench Coat | Sheinside – Stylish
  • Sightseeing Set on You Tee | Modcloth
  • Nine West Women’s Glyn Suede Boot | Amazon suede floral cutout
  • David & Young Floppy Felt Hat | Nordstrom

Outfit number 2 – I tried to find a pair of jeans with both holes and patches and the ones in this outfit do not disappoint. There is a biggish oval hole on the right leg above the knee and on the left leg is a smaller squarish patch and a hole on the front of the pocket. The knees are worn and the hem is frayed so if you happen to be in the market for a good pair of distressed jeans these fit the bill. The statement piece for this outfit is the asymmetrical zip closure moto jacket. This particular jacket is a nice shade of brown with houndstooth lining that shows when the sleeve are rolled up. The jacket also features two vertical zippered pockets on each side in the front. A cute pair of t-strap, pointed, leopard flats would look great when paired with cuffed jeans. The white graphic tee has the words “these are the days” imprinted on the front and finishing off this look is an ivory fold over clutch. I had a clutch just like this one last summer (waited for months to find the perfect one) had it for a few weeks and then Mollie shredded it. What I like about the clutch is that it reminds me of the old school lunch bags that were rolled down to close.

  • Abercrombie & Fitch Premium Super Skinny Jeans | Abercrombie & Fitch
  • Black Rivet Womens Asymmetric Faux-Leather Moto Jacket W/ Print Lining | Ebay
  • Sole Society Chandler T-Strap Flat | Sole Society
  • Tony Perkis Vegan Leather Fold Over Clutch | Daily Look
  • J.Crew Factory these are the days collector tee | J.Crew Factory

The point of this post is to not be afraid to stretch your style. Even though distressed jeans may not necessarily be my thing I will try a pair and see if I feel differently. However I do try to wear at least one statement piece that could be jewelry, shoes, a print, colorful item of clothing or as in the case with outfit number one the trench coat will work. A couple of months ago I got a faux leather moto in the most delicious shade of blue and I cannot wait to wear it.

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” ~Cecil Beaton


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