Love it or leave it: The Frayed Hem

I’m not exactly what a marketing exec would call a “first adopter” of trends, but I do get curious about how something might work for my lifestyle or my body and will usually (eventually) try it out. But if it doesn’t look good or feel good, no matter how en vogue it is, forget it. There will be another trend in a half second to replace it anyway. So when I started noticing the frayed hem jeans everywhere, I had to pause. “Was this for real?”, I thought? Were legs getting wider and less refined again? I had already tried the distressed denim trend, only to get a lot of raised eyebrows from my kids. I could almost hear their internal dialogue: “Mom would get so mad at us if our pants came home looking like that!”  But what about distressed hems? Could I pull that off or would I like look this poor gal?

Well, curiosity got the best of me and I’m glad it did. After a lot of research, I purchased these Carly Crop Skinny Jeans from Articles of Society, featuring a frayed hem, comfy stretch, and the perfect ankle length.  And like lots of other things I’ve been hesitant to try, I regret not doing it sooner. These are the perfect jeans to transition into Spring and wear all through the Summer too. They look cute and sporty with Converse or tennies….

 T-shirt // Jeans // Converse

Or sassy and fun with wedge sandals!

Bell sleeve top // Jeans // Similar wedge sandals // Statement Necklace

And here, the Nordstrom model paired them with booties for a look I would never have thought of!

Main Image - Articles of Society Carly Crop Skinny JeansWhat had been a try-and-see purchase for me, thanks to Nordstrom’s free shipping both ways policy, is now a go-to in my closet.  I ordered a size 27, which is my regular size, and I think they are perfect! Right now, a lighter wash version of the same brand/style jean is on sale here. My advice? Don’t be “a frayed” of the new trend in denim. What do you have to lose in trying it for yourself?

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