Umm, pay EXTRA for a ripped up pair of designer denim? Puh-lease.

Destroyed denim is—and always has been—a controversial trend. “Why pay for holes in your clothing?” asks naysayer #1. “I always thought holes were a sign that you needed a NEW pair of jeans,” naysayer #2 chimed in.

Well the truth is, fashion never makes sense. But we do agree: Why pay for distressed jeans when you can DIY… And then buy a new pair with the gift card money you saved? It’s like getting two new pairs of jeans for the price of one. Cha-ching.

So how do you get the look? We’re so glad you asked.

What You Need

  • Denim, duh
  • Scissors (the sharper the better)
  • Tweezers
  • Sand paper
  • Pencil or chalk
  • Washer and dryer (better known as, those things you never use)

What You Do

  1. Try your jeans on, and mark where your knees are with the chalk. Also mark any other places you’d like to distress. You can also eyeball it, but that would not be the good kind of fashion risk taking. Please be advised.
  2. Use the sandpaper to distress the marked areas for an extra worn-in look, or skip to step 3 for a sleeker distressed look (think: like when you’re tired, but use concealer to hide the bags). Distressed-sleek.
  3. Cut two horizontal slits—1/2 to 3/4 inches apart—to begin to pull threads.
  4. Use your tweezers to pull the vertical indigo threads out, leaving just the horizontal threading.
  5. You might not be able to get them all, but the bits playing hard-to-get should come out in the wash (think:  like when you’ve given up and finally schedule a long overdue appointment with your brow girl).
  6. Tip from The Everygirl: Don’t forget to distress the back pockets for a cohesive worn-in look. This step is what will transform your old denim into a convincing pair of $250 pre-destroyed designer jeans.
  7. To the washer you go. Remember to dial down to cold.
  8. Dry, dry, dry.
  9. Pair your ripped jeans with whatever fancies you most in your closet. For that “just rolled out of bed but still impossibly polished look,” take cue from these stylish ladies. (via WhoWhatWear).


A Step Further

Where To Buy Your New Pair


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