MY OUTFIT | Distressed White & Blue Jean
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…
PHOTOS BY | Lydia Hudgens
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.
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.
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!