MY OUTFIT | Distressed White & Blue Jean

OUTFIT-FASHION, Outfits

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A couple weekends ago, I had a great time cruising around with Joe Fresh in their Mobil Pop-up shop, stopping all around Manhattan and doing DIY denim distressing with some super fun customers! Considering the temps were reaching triple digits, I gave my pair of boyfriend jeans a much needed chop!  The slouchy style created a great fitting cut-off, and I amped up some of the distressing already on the pair with a few tools from my DIY kit. I paired my new shorts with my favorite oversized DIYed denim jacket, and became an instant jean queen!  And say Hi! to my BFF Nikki (who also is a Joe Fresh fanatic), because when two friends meet up and they are accidentally coordinating, you can’t help but snap a pic 🙂  A few of my favorite distressing techniques are after the break…

MY OUTFIT | Joe Fresh Men’s Vintage Wash Denim Jacket, Distressed White Boyfriend Jeans, Thrifted Button-up,  Birkenstock sandals 

PHOTOS BY | Lydia Hudgens

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Each time I make a pair of cut-off jeans, I start by putting them on and marking a little below how short I would like them. Then I make the first cut, and try them on, then mark the adjustments. I keep doing this until they are the perfect length. Remember, you can always make them shorter, but you can’t add on length! Next start pulling the loose threads to get a frayed edge.  The more you wash them, the more frayed the bottoms will get.

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To really give your denim a worn-in look, I like to rough up the distressing with sand paper to loosen up all the threads. On darker denim, sandpaper works great for distressing the knees and seat, lightening those areas making them look super aged.  If you are going for a shredded look, make little cuts on your denim with a blade, and then go over the area with the sandpaper.

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Although a little time consuming, my favorite technique is cutting two horizontal lines in your denim, and then pulling out all the vertically threads. A tweezer really speeds up the process of pulling each thread, and the result is totally worth it!


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  1. Megan says:

    I absolutely love this outfit, you look amazing! xox

  2. Maya says:

    I need some new denim shorts in my life! I love the distressed touches. MUST. DO.

  3. Kathy says:

    You make distressing look so easy, I gotta try it for myself!

  4. Roxy says:

    I have all those tools at my house, so I’m going to try distressing a pair of jeans. I also really love your BFF’s outfit!

  5. sherry says:

    Love the outfits both of you are wearing. So cute.

  6. Paige says:

    I love those shorts! You did a great job!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflamily.com

  7. Gina says:

    Yes I love distressing jeans or shorts! Great DIY

  8. Fee says:

    Your outfit looks fabulous!

    Love,
    Fee / Floral-Fascination.com

  9. Jessy says:

    Great job on those shorts! They look great! 🙂
    Love your and your friends looks! So cool

    Dorky-and-weird.blogspot.com

    Xoxo Jessy

  10. Shelley says:

    Your short’s look amazing, you did a great job. I can never find shorts I like, I should maybe just give making my own a go 🙂 xx

  11. Stephanie says:

    Nice outfits, I love your shorts!

  12. Natalie says:

    LOVE the idea of cutting boyfriend jeans. Seriously, kinda mad at myself for not thinking of this sooner. Yours turned out awesome! Keep doin’ your thing, girl.

    xo,
    Natalie | Natalie Was Here

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