Who said shirts have to be intact?












The other day I was clearing out my closet. Something that happens very infrequently. So infrequently, that I managed to find clothes from what I think were the late nineties. But there I was, shifting clothes and outfits that I once loved, into bags destined for charity shops. My little heart was breaking. Old trousers, jumpers and shorts – off to Mind and Oxfam. At least someone else could give them a good home. Obviously, I came across old moth-eaten cardigans from years ago- sadly had to go. I felt as though I was purging my soul... a little too dramatic?


As I was packing things away, I came across an old t-shirt of mine that I used to be OBSESSED with. Unfortunately, it developed a massive tear right across the front. It was confined to my closet ever since. My hand hovered over the charity shop bag, but I just couldn’t get rid of the shirt. You know when you just can’t let something go. I mean, it was ripped and torn, and unsuitable to wear, right?


But it got me thinking. Why would I automatically throw a shirt away that had rips in it? We all have worn jeans with rips at one point, right? Why couldn’t the trend migrate to the top half of a look? So, I thought I would give it a go. I wanted to pair the shirt (which I think was from 2004…) with something a bit different. Blue tartan trousers from ASOS would do the trick. Combined with some brilliant shoes from Reiss and sunglasses from Steve Madden, I hit the town.  A bit of urban chic - mixing the ripped top and the nice trousers was a great mix. I did get a few looks, but I think (probs not) they were nods of approval and not just nods of tacit understanding that I looked crazy.

What do you think? Do you like the ripped shirt look? Or would you just stick with the ripped trousers and call it a day?