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November 24, 2008 at 9:57 am
your pictures are incredibly inspiring. i truly love those ripped tights !
The Man Who Knew Too Much
November 24, 2008 at 10:02 am
the guy’s style is very nice.love cheap monday pants, affordable hehe.
the ripped up panties are not my fav.
November 24, 2008 at 10:16 am
is this like when jeans with holes in them started being popular? i don’t know how i feel about this one. a group of my friends have been doing the leggings and tights with runs and holes for a while now and i can’t decide. i like the bottom one because it looks totally intentional.
November 24, 2008 at 10:19 am
oh, no! girls, please, do not do this. this is not nice.
November 24, 2008 at 10:20 am
oh why why why did she have to ruin it with those heinous torn up tights?? she looks so adorable everywhere else! i especially love the blue bow. i would wear everything she has on and switch out the torn up leggings with some new ones.
November 24, 2008 at 10:28 am
I can’t decide whether or not I find this fashion statement interesting or appalling… Because, while I understand those determinations to break social expectations and create new styles, et cetera, it still seems slightly tacky to parade around in torn hosiery. Perhaps I am a bit old-fashioned?
Anyway, bravo to these ladies for having the audacity that I apparently lack.
November 24, 2008 at 10:29 am
the first photo is absolutely STUNNING. who knew there was a way to make ripped tights look classy?!
November 24, 2008 at 10:37 am
I haven’t been a fan of this look although i do think the girl in the red plaid skirt does it very well. It looks as if she has distressed her tights with thought and care rather than just accidently laddered them on her way to work. I like her sheer blouse with the sparkly bowtie and her choice of lipstick. Shame she has to hide behind than enormous bag…
November 24, 2008 at 10:40 am
no. nono. just not good. there is nothing classy about ripped tights. it looks just cheap.
November 24, 2008 at 10:47 am
picking blackberries + nylon hose = snags galore.
November 24, 2008 at 10:51 am
At least you don’t have to worry about a potential run. Relieves you of the pressure but makes your legs look ugly.
November 24, 2008 at 10:54 am
yesterday, i wore my tights just the same way like the girl. until i saw this picture, i was not quite sure about my experiment.
guess what i´m wearing now?
thank you for this little supporting allusion.
November 24, 2008 at 11:01 am
now isn’t the first girl just adorable! she hits the nail on the head for me. she looks unintentional; it’s a great key to having enviable style. just precious.
November 24, 2008 at 11:55 am
DIY Rodarte! Beauty in the tension.
I love the look of ripped, stretched, and worn pantyhose. I think they look great, as long as the rest of the outfit looks as far from Courtney Love as you can get.
November 24, 2008 at 12:02 pm
I don’t think I’m quite ready to put away my clear nailpolish for tight fixer-uppers.
November 24, 2008 at 12:09 pm
i love the blue tie with this transparent blouse and her hairstyle. i am undecided with this tights thing too. but it looks interessting with the cuffs
November 24, 2008 at 12:24 pm
She is beautiful, her style honed, but no no no to the torn hose!
November 24, 2008 at 12:25 pm
Ripped panties are not my fav but i lover her tartan dress…sure!X
November 24, 2008 at 12:29 pm
The guy’s jeans are not at all flattering worn that way. It just looks silly, and it doesn’t matter how cute he is. The ripped stockings: From a purely aesthetic and non-objective approach, they are interesting…raw and textural…cocoon-like…simultaneously ugly and beautiful.
November 24, 2008 at 12:40 pm
She is adorable. The guy she is talking with needs to pull up his pants.
November 24, 2008 at 12:54 pm
I think the ripped up tights are sensational, especially given the meticulous nature of the rests of the outfit.
November 24, 2008 at 1:12 pm
As somebody said in a movie somewhere – “it’s a look. Not a great look, but a look”. Having said that, the girl in the red plaid skirt is just gorgeous and she’d get away with anything. Even this look…
November 24, 2008 at 1:13 pm
She looks like a ton of fun. I admire her bold style including the bright red lips and the torn up tights.
November 24, 2008 at 1:14 pm
love everything about the outfit but the tights!!!
Jorge from W Palm Beach
November 24, 2008 at 1:16 pm
This girl is just years behind other entertainers who mastered the art of carefully placed runs. It is not new, it is not a trend. If it matches her personality, I say go for it! But I can’t tell from the picture whether it does. Jorge from W Palm Beach
November 24, 2008 at 1:18 pm
This ripped hosiery thing is one (of the many) banes of my existence. I see a girl wearing them and am struck with an overpowering feeling that she doesnt shower or shave, either.
November 24, 2008 at 1:20 pm
instead i notice that she is really short, with the guy beside she is talking with, as a reference.
November 24, 2008 at 1:21 pm
very Lily Allen….
November 24, 2008 at 1:29 pm
Well on paper it’s not a look I love but…. these shots are so delightful.
That girl in the plaid skirt is absolutely fantastic form her inky Japanime hair to her of-the-moment sued boots (a stronger color boot – bright blue or green – might have made the ensemble go form fantastic to perfect IMO).
Her fresh, open and sweet face and that bow tie really temper the punk aspects to make her approachable.
I won’t be ripping my hose any time soon but if a girl (not a WOMAN) can do it and look that good then she’s practically obligated to do it just to bring a little dark sunshine to our lives.
November 24, 2008 at 1:46 pm
I’d like the shredded effect without the big holes. Someone should manufacture them!
November 24, 2008 at 2:08 pm
Did you mean weak, or is it a play on words?
November 24, 2008 at 2:12 pm
Obvious and brilliant.
November 24, 2008 at 2:19 pm
They did it in the 70s. I guess it’s time to do it again…
November 24, 2008 at 2:26 pm
I absolutely adore her outfit. And I like the audacity with which she wears her tights. It is completely up to her how to look, and if she likes it, then good for her. I would still enjoy the outfit more if she had opaque black tights, though.
November 24, 2008 at 2:31 pm
I have a pair of these I wear to ballet sometimes. Got the tights in 1989, been wearing them ever since. In the ballet studio I think they look awesome, I get compliments (mostly from my male partners). On the street? not so much. Makes me wonder why…
I think it has to do with discipline. In the dance studio the look equates to hard work and starving artistry à la Harvey Edwards.
On the street it just looks louche, the opposite of disciplined.
November 24, 2008 at 2:32 pm
this can be anything but elegant, not for me.
November 24, 2008 at 3:00 pm
Interesting look if you’re under 21. Otherwise, not so much.
November 24, 2008 at 3:02 pm
honestly enough with the pigeon-toed stance. it reallllly reallllly bothers me and actually makes me like her outfit less
November 24, 2008 at 3:09 pm
going about with confidence despite having a run in your stockings is completely different from intentionally wearing a pair of yucky shredded tights. a Definite NO!
November 24, 2008 at 3:12 pm
Not what is done but how: her ladders subvert the surrounding media circus and complement his stubble and shirttail.
November 24, 2008 at 3:18 pm
This is exactly what was on my mind lately. Love your photos, but no love for the tights. I don’t get this. At all, not even a little bit. I’m down with Harem pants, black gloss, baloons as skirts, strategically crafted holes in leggins and miscellaneous random acts of lunacy masquerading as individual style, but not this. It’s stopped being edgy about 20 years ago if, indeed, that’s what young ladies were going for. Bah! The girl is lovely though.
November 24, 2008 at 3:29 pm
nice way to break “the rules”!
I like the first one better.
I broke my trousers but I don’t think I’ll break my tights… too dificult to control the damage! :-)
November 24, 2008 at 4:07 pm
“Classy”? That’s debatable. But it’s certainly a classic look.
“Gabba gabba we accept you, we accept you, one of us”
November 24, 2008 at 4:20 pm
This takes me back to the riot grrl days of the 90s … you kind of have to love it.
November 24, 2008 at 4:42 pm
I really don’t get this stocking-style but I’m gonna use it as inspiration for my future drawing.
November 24, 2008 at 4:44 pm
Love the tears. Look how young she is. She can totally get away with this. She *needs* the tears to turn the entire outfit from overly preppy to cuttingly cool. What I may not entirely understand are the pale green boots with it. A forest green would have me drooling.
Jeans as tight as the guy is wearing shouldn’t be worn outside of high school or very trendy nights out. If that’s a beard I see on him, it doesn’t match, nor does an untucked button down. He blows it by trying too hard.
Ame in DC
November 24, 2008 at 4:59 pm
November 24, 2008 at 5:13 pm
ladders for the boys to climb up!
November 24, 2008 at 5:15 pm
That girl’s gorgeous! Love the outfit, although probably sans ripped tights (even though it does funk up an outfit, it’s not for me). Maybe the Rodarte tights instead…
Hmmmmm, I like the torn tights. Like it was said, it doesn’t look like an accident and it’s an interesting way to add more texture to the outfit, especially in the first picture. A little punk chic!
November 24, 2008 at 5:29 pm
A nod to Rodarte’s tights on the cheap!
The Clever Pup
November 24, 2008 at 5:32 pm
I can understand this “it’s fun to look cheap” look when the rest of the clothes are in context – but not this.
November 24, 2008 at 5:33 pm
Maybe it’s next year’s Halloween Costume – “Banking Intern Hits Hard Times”
November 24, 2008 at 5:35 pm
Love, love the beautiful Victorianesque moss green boots on the first girl with blue bow. But the second girl, are hipsters naturally born pigeon-toed? This forced pigeon-toe position has to stop.
November 24, 2008 at 5:41 pm
Your style spotting and photos are amazing, there all so unique you have a real eye for it.
i love these tights even though i know i should’t! Look really with the tights and boots.
You should check out http://www.fashbashsoundclash.blogspot.com!
November 24, 2008 at 6:21 pm
She reminds me of Phoebe Cates.
November 24, 2008 at 6:51 pm
she looks so much like jessica alba in the face. i’m liking the tights…i wish people would stop telling me that ripped tights are skanky.
November 24, 2008 at 7:15 pm
The first picture really takes us there, you’ve captured the moment brilliantly. Love the second as well, thanks!
November 24, 2008 at 7:24 pm
November 24, 2008 at 9:16 pm
i love her checkered skirt!
November 24, 2008 at 10:40 pm
This is an old school punk look. I’m sure that, among many others, Vivienne Westood wore them back in the day. In other words, at this point in time, this is a classic look.
C and Ell
November 24, 2008 at 11:01 pm
i love love love that skirt… the classic lumberjack is all i want to wear these days. i can’t do the mangled tights but i am able to appreciate them from afar..visit our blog at:audreyandedie.blogspot.com
November 25, 2008 at 12:03 am
As others have mentioned, I must point out that shredded tights are certainly not a new style invention. They’ve been around since at least the late 70s, in punk’s glory days.
That being said, rock on, girl. Rock on.
November 25, 2008 at 12:12 am
looks like Kenley from projrun.
November 25, 2008 at 12:20 am
Oh, I just love the spirit of this! Really, it’s her personality, her smile that is the final complement to the whole look –or style, I should say. It’s not a look. It’s who she is.
Word verification: “eporenc” backwards for C. Nerope, a tailor from the 1920′s who specialized in making grey flannel coats for spies.
November 25, 2008 at 1:40 am
People who say this look is not classy simply do not get it. It is not a look that aspires to be classy and lady-like. It is biker/rock/urban/tough chick aesthetic and I love it. Long live women liberated and audacious enough to wear torn tights. Torn stockings are perfect to kick a%& in during these lean times.
November 25, 2008 at 3:00 am
they would make a cute couple.
November 25, 2008 at 6:55 am
Ripped thights, for me they match perfectly with the economic mood, think about it! They’re kinda ecological too.
November 25, 2008 at 7:38 am
this is another picture that sceams “OH we just dont have money to buy a new pair of tights!”I think fashion has incredibly always rescued ppl from the shame of having no money.. i think in these new times the shabby look will come back for americans so that they can say “hey we aint poor this just style!”
November 25, 2008 at 8:54 am
She is earnestly searching in the universe of her bag for the one thing that might just make the difference in the life of the man that so matters to her right now…a belt!
November 25, 2008 at 9:23 am
You know, I just love the tight jeans the guy is wearing. So cool, very european style. Cheap Monday jeans are going strong. They are cheap and they look great. Swedish labels, overall, is all fab. I mean, Acne, Filippa K, Cheap Monday, Tiger of sweden, Hope, Whyred they have it all.
November 25, 2008 at 12:25 pm
Hee! This is what happens when Phoebe Cates’ character in Fast Times at Ridgemont High goes off to college and gets into Bauhaus and Joy Division and Sisters of Mercy. :)
She’s cute, and her outfit is, too, but like a lot of other commenters, I am not into the shredded pantyhose look unless perhaps I see it in a Goth club.
November 25, 2008 at 1:30 pm
I like the ripped tights look but only if it is unintentional? I’m surprised no one has said this yet. To me, ripping your tights intentionally defeats the whole purpose, it makes the outfit look “try-hard”.
The only reason I wear ripped tights is because I can’t afford to buy a new pair every other day.
November 25, 2008 at 2:31 pm
i have no idea what is going on with that outfit.
November 25, 2008 at 3:10 pm
love her colors
November 25, 2008 at 7:42 pm
i think the tights work well for her style of choice…love the guy’s style as well
November 25, 2008 at 10:57 pm
no, no and no.
surely there’s a 20 in your wallet for a proper pair of hose.
Geek Porn Girl
November 25, 2008 at 11:33 pm
She’s very cute, and this feels very Material Girl circa 1980 something (at least the tights), but I can’t help but think the outfit would have been boosted by some more-interesting and less-tattered hosiery. (Oversized fishnets? Crocheted lace?)
November 26, 2008 at 8:55 am
She’s darling and very well dressed. But those tights absolutely ruin this entire ensemble for me. Meh.
November 26, 2008 at 3:38 pm
interesting outfit. her smile is very warming and make her look like a sweetheart, while her outfit makes her look like a rebel. it’s like good girls turn bad. she has some atitude goin’, i couldn’t pull off those ripped tights but she did. I could go on and on about this picture. Great shot, sart!
November 26, 2008 at 5:03 pm
Yep – This look was around in the 70s and early 80s.
November 26, 2008 at 10:03 pm
Like Torn jeans, torn tights are a waste of money!
November 27, 2008 at 2:01 am
Sometimes i just wonder if it’s (grunge, shabby…ripped shirts) all too contrived.
I’m all for ripped tights… but not intentionally ripped tights. But i guess… like someone said, the [contrived] ‘style’ takes away from them shame some people may experience.
I do appreciate it when fashion just accepts
November 27, 2008 at 9:18 am
Oh, I hate laddered hose, to me, its not a fashion statement, its a political one- all rather a kind of sinister affectation-very “apocolypse now”. My daughter did this in the late 90′s. Punk revisited. Not old enough to be vintage. And already done and kind of unhip. boots are cool though-
November 27, 2008 at 12:06 pm
I think ripped stockings cannot be classy in any way. They’re punk.And that’s the way they gotta be.And not so many girls can get away with them without looking sloppy.Alice Dellal is one of them …now that’s punk and that’s attitude in a cool way. But class is another story.
November 28, 2008 at 10:47 am
Ripped tights – way to easy. Yawn.
November 28, 2008 at 5:09 pm
Sympa le look collants pleins de trous..magnifique
November 28, 2008 at 7:00 pm
hayley williams of paramore wore ripped tights at the verizon grammy’s party back in february.
ripped OPAQUE tights look good… these? not so much…
November 29, 2008 at 7:19 am
that doesn’t look good. that just looks existentialistly desperate.
November 29, 2008 at 6:00 pm
She’s like the one cool chic in high-school. You know, the one who knew good music, wore old band t-shirts, cursed and only hung out with guys (but never dated anyone). Yet now, all grown up and moved to the big city, she’s doing it on an adult level!
November 30, 2008 at 3:45 am
what a bunch of old fogies read this site. it's the texture of the tights that's interesting in these two pics, not whether they are classy or trashy. the attention snags on them. anyway, i bet if they were worn with something black & elegant, many of the people who commented wouldn't be so categorical about hating ripped tights. i think they can be kind of romantic.
November 30, 2008 at 6:02 am
an interesting solution when you run out tights :-)
"the girl who ate everything and didnt even burp"
November 30, 2008 at 7:43 am
Torn tights?! It looks awful. Its like I see her form top to bottom, slowly, and I go “impressing”, impressing”, “impressing”, “oh my God what in Heaven’sname is that” when I come to her tights.
But then, many people seem to like it. Each to his own, makes the statement that style is individualistic :)
November 30, 2008 at 11:36 pm
hmm, i don’t get the torn tights. makes you look like you’re trying too hard to be hip and “rockstar-like”. it’s too “fake” and “affected” for me.
hugs from seattle
December 1, 2008 at 7:03 pm
Its great when fashion has a sense of humour!
Pistachio Of Liberty
December 1, 2008 at 7:10 pm
Wonder if wearing these OVER a vivid color tight wouldn’t help take this from simple trend-following to being more of :her: look.
December 2, 2008 at 8:46 am
fun and wacky. girl in top shot is really cute and having fun! great look.
December 3, 2008 at 8:51 am
So 1983 !
December 3, 2008 at 10:30 am
I have to disagree with the general opinion here; while I like the concept of the outfit, the teal boots + tartan + royal blue bow tie clash for me, and not in a good way… that and the ripped tights, it’s just all a bit mis-matched I think.
December 4, 2008 at 1:06 am
The ripped tights have been featured in NYLON mag the music issue in june. When combined with a rockstar attitude, it looks incredible, but for everyday outfit, um, i don’t think so.
Hugs all the way from Malaysia
December 5, 2008 at 6:32 pm
“fake and affected” that’s exactly what i was thinking. this was an interesting fashion statement when real punk rockers roamed the earth in the late 70s early 80s. shouldn’t we be trying to break expectations with new trends and new ideas?
December 7, 2008 at 5:35 am
Beauties. You can tell he loves the tights and it totally impressed by that girls style and beautiful smile.
December 7, 2008 at 9:52 am
OMG! It’s Phoebe Cates circa 1985!
December 7, 2008 at 10:00 am
“Me no likey!” -Carrie Bradshaw
December 7, 2008 at 9:05 pm
oh oh ohi love this look so very muchespecially the bottom onesWOW this is style and innovation at its height
December 10, 2008 at 1:01 am
why can’t i get my tights to do that?
December 10, 2008 at 12:12 pm
Stockings are very Rodarte inspired…
December 23, 2008 at 4:59 pm
I wore tights like these in the past. It did not go so well! It was obvious that everyone was giving me dirty looks. Some even asked what had happened to my tights!
July 21, 2012 at 10:45 pm
very very sexy and hot with those runs! would love more if they were sheer rh& t or ff stockings 15 denier or less with garters
December 21, 2012 at 12:54 am
LOVE THE RUNNED SHEER PANTYHOSE! THE ONLY THING BETTER WOULD BE SHEER FLAT KNIT DRESS SHEER STOCKINGS, EITHER FULL FASHIONED OR RH&T WITH RUNS AND GARTERS! WOULD LOVE TO SEE SOME OF THOSE!