How To Nail The Frayed Edges Trend

The smallest details can really make a huge difference to your outfit. Reminiscent of 1960s boho style, frayed edges on clothing are everywhere in 2016. Raw, artfully frayed seams look effortlessly casual and add an edge to your ensemble. From a subtly undone hem to tattered, fringed seams, this attention to detail in the tailoring can really elevate an outfit. And we don’t just mean ripped jeans – although frayed denim is a great way to start sporting this style. This micro-trend has truly taken off with designers getting creative and experimenting with covering shirts, dresses and skirts with rows of frayed edges.

How To Wear Frayed Denim

Frayed edges on denim is an easy, versatile style. It can also be paired up with a dressier ensemble.

  • Pair your frayed jeans with more polished wardrobe pieces like a tailored blazer or a delicate silk blouse to stop your whole aesthetic becoming too DIY.
  • Wear a pair of denim shorts with frayed edges with a striped top and some gladiator sandals.
  • You don’t have to only go for jeans or shorts – a frayed denim skirt is a great all-purpose wardrobe piece. A longer pencil type denim skirt is a quirky and interesting addition to any outfit.

Creative Frayed Trends

It’s not just denim getting the tattered treatment – we’ve also seen shirts, skirts, and dresses of all fabrics.

  • For summer, slightly frayed or fringed edges on a top are perfect for giving that laidback vibe. Choose a loose, white cropped top and pair it with a fedora, high waisted denim shorts and wedged sandals, for a look that’s sure to become your everyday summer staple
  • Recently, frayed and fringed trims have not been confined to seams of skirts and trousers, as some brands have gone all out to produce some striking results.
  • We’ve seen full on tassels on skirts and dresses, for a really unique and eye-catching look.
  • An embellished frayed jacket makes for a fantastic statement piece. Wear it as a casual but edgy look with slouchy jeans and ankle boots.

Frayed edges on clothing are a perfect way to inject some laidback vibes into your summer wardrobe, and this style is so versatile it will always come in handy. How will you be wearing it this summer?

The featured photo: Mikuta could not look more chilled in this summer denim dress. A seemingly simple outfit is given a funky twist with its frayed edges, making this outfit an edgy look which we are obsessed with!

Dress: Steele, Shoes: Esprit, Bag: Ganni

Cara Loren is utterly entrancing in this gorgeous blue dress, complete with frayed detailing for an understated but glam style! Wear this look with sandals and sunnies to steal Cara’s look.   Outfit: Sole Society.

Cara Loren is utterly entrancing in this gorgeous blue dress, complete with frayed detailing for an understated but glam style! Wear this look with sandals and sunnies to steal Cara’s look.

Outfit: Sole Society.

Paola Alberdi is casually elegant in a frayed edge oversize denim jacket, paired with distressed jeans and a pair of nude heels. This style is the perfect blend of edgy and swish; we love it! Jacket: BB Dakota, Top: Revolve, Jeans: Zara.

Paola Alberdi is casually elegant in a frayed edge oversize denim jacket, paired with distressed jeans and a pair of nude heels. This style is the perfect blend of edgy and swish; we love it!

Jacket: BB Dakota, Top: Revolve, Jeans: Zara.

Frayed edges are certain to add oozes of individuality to your look, and are perfect for creating an easy summer style! Consisting of a bell sleeved white blouse and a frayed denim skirt, this look is a great example of how to wear the trend. Via Storm and Andrea. Blouse: Edited, Skirt: Mango, Bag: Gucci, Sneakers: Converse.

Frayed edges are certain to add oozes of individuality to your look, and are perfect for creating an easy summer style! Consisting of a bell sleeved white blouse and a frayed denim skirt, this look is a great example of how to wear the trend. Via Storm and Andrea.

Blouse: Edited, Skirt: Mango, Bag: Gucci, Sneakers: Converse.

Want an alternative to a classic look? Diana Z. Wang rocks straight-cut jeans with awesome frayed edges, a chic burgundy blouse and some statement heels. A must have look this season. Distressed Mid-Rise Slim Boyfriend Jeans/Silk Blouse - Acne Studios Back Keyhole Sandal- Aquazzura

Want an alternative to a classic look? Diana Z. Wang rocks straight-cut jeans with awesome frayed edges, a chic burgundy blouse and some statement heels. A must have look this season.

Distressed Mid-Rise Slim Boyfriend Jeans/Silk Blouse: Acne Studios, Back Keyhole Sandal: Aquazzura

The frayed edges on this top really jazz up this knit top. Julie Sariñana sports this awesome trend with an adorable pinstripe skirt and some bold wedges. Brands not specified.

The frayed edges on this top really jazz up this knit top. Julie Sariñana sports this awesome trend with an adorable pinstripe skirt and some bold wedges.

Brands not specified.

Federica is effortlessly wearing the distressed trend; her cropped jeans match perfectly with the white top and black leather jacket. The frayed edges give this look a really casual feel, and we cannot get enough of it! Top/Jeans: Zara, Sandals: Stradivarius, Jacket: Pull&Bear

Federica is effortlessly wearing the distressed trend; her cropped jeans match perfectly with the white top and black leather jacket. The frayed edges give this look a really casual feel, and we cannot get enough of it!

Top/Jeans: Zara, Sandals: Stradivarius, Jacket: Pull&Bear

Jenny Tsang puts a contemporary twist on a classic look; the denim skirt with its frayed edges create grungy vibes, and teamed with the flared white shirt and bold black boots, a bold look is created. Shirt: Saks Fifth Avenue, Skirt: Nordstrom, Boots: Revolve

Jenny Tsang puts a contemporary twist on a classic look; the denim skirt with its frayed edges create grungy vibes, and teamed with the flared white shirt and bold black boots, a bold look is created.

Shirt: Saks Fifth Avenue,  Skirt: Nordstrom, Boots: Revolve

Frayed edges can really jazz up any look, and Pam Hetlinger certainly shows this! The frayed jeans and frayed coat really embellish this outfit. This is an ultra-stylish and achievable look, and we cannot wait to replicate it. Coat: Intermix, Jean/Shoes: Nordstrom

Frayed edges can really jazz up any look, and Pam Hetlinger certainly shows this! The frayed jeans and frayed coat really embellish this outfit. This is an ultra-stylish and achievable look, and we cannot wait to replicate it.

Coat: Intermix, Jeans/Shoes: Nordstrom

 

Jackie Montarbo looks a vision in blue in this frayed number. This gorgeous pastel two-piece has a really contemporary feel, showing the versatility of wearing frays. Paired with white sandals and sunglasses a coordinated classic looks is created. Two-piece: Project White Elephant, Shoes: Brand not specified

Jackie Montarbo looks a vision in blue in this frayed number. This gorgeous pastel two-piece has a really contemporary feel, showing the versatility of wearing frays. Paired with white sandals and sunglasses a coordinated classic looks is created.
Two-piece: Project White Elephant, Shoes: Brand not specified

 

For an edgy yet collected look, Jill Wallace layers different blues. The frayed edges spruce up the look and make the jeans unusual and interesting. Jeans/Clutch: Pixie Market, Coat: American Apparel

For an edgy yet collected look, Jill Wallace layers different blues. The frayed edges spruce up the look and make the jeans unusual and interesting.
Jeans/Clutch: Pixie Market, Coat: American Apparel

 

Paola Alberdi is spot on the frayed edges trend. The versatility of the white colour of the sweater results in a hugely versatile and iconic piece, which would embellish any outfit. The distressed jeans and striped shirt tone down the outfit, but nonetheless a sophisticated look is created. Sweater: saltwaterluxe, Top: Forever21, Jeans: Brand Not Specified

Paola Alberdi is spot on the frayed edges trend. The versatility of the white colour of the sweater results in a hugely versatile and iconic piece, which would embellish any outfit. The distressed jeans and striped shirt tone down the outfit, but nonetheless a sophisticated look is created.
Sweater: saltwaterluxe, Top: Forever21, Jeans: Brand Not Specified

 

Erica Hoida embodies the ‘smart-casual’ aesthetic in this luxurious and intricate frayed top, paired with some basic jeans and some fab heels. This look can be worn up and worn down, so could be adapted to any situation. Top: Jason Wu, Jeans: Denim X Alexander Wang, Shoes: Aquazurra

Erica Hoida embodies the ‘smart-casual’ aesthetic in this luxurious and intricate frayed top, paired with some basic jeans and some fab heels. This look can be worn up and worn down, so could be adapted to any situation.
Top: Jason Wu, Jeans: Denim X Alexander Wang, Shoes: Aquazurra

 

Amy Jackson subtly sports the frayed edges trend in this classic black blazer. Copy this preppy look by wearing some distressed jeans, thin heels and a cute bag. We love the timeless feel to this outfit. Blazer: Banana Republic, Jeans: Similar & Similar, Heels: Raye

Amy Jackson subtly sports the frayed edges trend in this classic black blazer. Copy this preppy look by wearing some distressed jeans, thin heels and a cute bag. We love the timeless feel to this outfit.
Blazer: Banana Republic, Jeans: Similar & Similar, Heels: Raye

 

Anh demonstrates that fringed detailing is a good way to spruce up a work-appropriate wardrobe. Such details make the top a greater feature of the outfit. This coordinated look is so versatile, and we love its pairing with the silver heels and simple bag. Top: Nordstrom, Trousers: Miu Miu, Bag: Givenchy

Anh demonstrates that fringe detailing is a good way to spruce up a work-appropriate wardrobe. Such details make the top a greater feature of the outfit. This coordinated look is so versatile, and we love its pairing with the silver heels and simple bag.
Top: Nordstrom, Trousers: Miu Miu, Bag: Givenchy

 

The frayed-edges of this Chanel-esque dress add a unique twist to this feminine look. Such a flattering style, and easily highly versatile, this is a look that could be worn all year round. Jenny Bernheim styles the fringed-dress with a black statement hat, black heels and a monochrome jacket. Dress: Zara, Hat: Nordstrom, Jacket: Shopbop

The frayed-edges of this Chanel-esque dress add a unique twist to this feminine look. Such a flattering style, and easily highly versatile, this is a look that could be worn all year round. Jenny Bernheim styles the fringed-dress with a black statement hat, black heels and a monochrome jacket.
Dress: Zara, Hat: Nordstrom, Jacket: Shopbop

 

Who ever said double (and in this case triple) denim doesn’t work, can certainly be proven wrong by Mary Seng, who is rocking this two-toned denim midi skirt and denim jacket. The frayed-edges of this skirt add another interesting dimension to the look, and styled with the neck scarf and bold brogues, a contemporary take on a retro look is made. We are obsessed with this look! Jacket: Topshop, Skirt: Luisaviaroma, Platforms: Prada

Who ever said double (and in this case triple) denim doesn’t work, can certainly be proven wrong by Mary Seng, who is rocking this two-toned denim midi skirt and denim jacket. The frayed-edges of this skirt add another interesting dimension to the look, and styled with the neck scarf and bold brogues, a contemporary take on a retro look is made. We are obsessed with this look!
Jacket: Topshop, Skirt: Luisaviaroma, Platforms: Prada

 

Blair Eadie is magnificent in this monochrome outfit. This chic look is given an edgy twist with the frayed edges of the dress, and the over-the-knee boots. We love this look! Dress: Zara, Coat: Alice and Olivia, Boots: Dolce & Gabbana

Blair Eadie is magnificent in this monochrome outfit. This chic look is given an edgy twist with the frayed edges of the dress, and the over-the-knee boots. We love this look!
Dress: Zara, Coat: Alice and Olivia, Boots: Dolce & Gabbana