To this day, when I wear distressed jeans, I still have jokesters in my life (*ahem, Dad) who like to ask my why I pay for jeans that already come ripped. And as weak of an answer as this is, it's simply because they're cute and stylish. Also, I've tried to DIY distress my own jeans and it never ends well..so why not leave it to the professionals? In a city as casual as LA, distressed jeans are surprisingly appropriate almost anywhere-- not that I'm advocating for wearing them in a professional environment or to a night at the Opera. But even so, you can pretty much pair this casual denim with a nice button down (in half-tuck form so it doesn't look entirely out of place), and a sleek pair of heels, and you're ready for a night at almost any restaurant or bar in the city.