Style Hack Best DIY way to make a perfect distress jeans

The ability to create your own style of dressing is part of what makes you a devoted follower of fashion

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The ability to create your own style of dressing is part of what makes you a devoted follower of fashion, you probably would at some point tried to distress a jean by yourself, only for the end result to be a disaster. And unfortunately ripple jean can be really expensive to have.

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With these easy steps you can turn those nice looking pairs of jean in your wardrobe into use again. You can also determine the degree of distress you want on your jeans and feel like a champ.

What you will need:

  • Denim or any nice pair that fits perfectly

  • Marker/Pencil/Chalk

  • Scissors

  • Tweezers

  • Sandpaper (Optional)

  • Washer/Dryer

  • Inspiration


The process:

  • Get some inspiration: you can search online for images of ripped jeans that you like. What do you like about them? Do you like crisp slits or large tears?

  • Throw on your jeans and use the pencil to mark where you'd like to cut and distress.

  • Take off the jeans and remember to always flip out the pockets. No one wants useless pockets. 

  •  Using scissors, start cutting horizontally along your markings. Try to keep them around 1/2"-3/4" apart.


Take the tweezers and begin gently picking at the vertical blue threads. This is most time-consuming part of the project and you get a little impatient. But buckle down.


 If desired, make small incisions on your jeans and gently rub the sandpaper against them. This will create a more authentic "worn in" look.


Toss your jeans in the wash. Remember to always wash your jeans in cold water to preserve its color. Washing ensures maximum distressing, as it further irritates the frayed edges on the jeans. Feel free to throw them in the dryer, or even air dry them if you'd like.


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