During the 1980’s it wasn’t uncommon for people to be seen wearing ripped jeans. This phenomenon was one that you won’t see much of today, but for a while it was the thing to wear.
Jeans could either be purchased already ripped, or you could damage them yourself, as long as the holes were big, you could get away with having holes in your pants.
Madonna, Jon Bon Jovi and Michael Jackson to name but a few, were seen wearing ripped jeans, which helped them to become popular almost everywhere. Kids and young adults of all ages were more than happy to wear a pair of jeans that looked like they had seen better days, but it was ok, because it was the cool thing to do.
The More Holes The Better
Ripped jeans were so fashionable during the 1980’s that people were more than happy to get a pair of scissors and cut holes in them. The more holes the better, but you definitely had to make sure you had holes at the knees. The frayed look was also pretty popular at the time, and as well as seeing people with deliberately damaged edges of clothes, it was also important to make sure the holes in your jeans were frayed too.
To keep the holes in their jeans frayed, people would frequently pull the loose threads or put them in the tumble dryer as it would ensure there was a lot of fraying going on.
But the jeans didn’t just come with holes, they also came with a few slits too, and it wasn’t uncommon for people to deliberately take a sharp knife to their pants so they got the look they wanted.