The 2-Second Trick For Distressing Your Jeans

September 21, 2017 by Leah Carton
shefinds | Fashion

Boyfriend jeans, embroidered jeans, skinny jeans, distressed jeans– there are so many styles of denim you can choose from when shopping. One style of jeans in particular is ideal for late summer, early fall weather– you know, for the in-between temperatures. The answer? Distressed jeans. Ripped jeans cover you up just enough, and not to mention, they’re also super stylish and edgy too. Luckily, you don’t have to go out and spend a fortune on that new pair of distressed denim that you’ve been eyeing. You could actually distress one of your favorite pair of jeans that you already own! It’s finally time to give those faithful skinny jeans an upgrade. By following some quick simple tips, you too can learn how to distress jeans. This quick tip is so easy and effective, you’ll for sure be thanking yourself for saving major money by skipping that purchase of a new pair of distressed denim. Think of the exact way you want to style your own rips and tears, and let’s get ready to distress!

Here is the 2-second trick you should try to make your own distressed jeans:

1. Measure your inseam

According to Who What Wear, you should first measure your inseam and then get ready to make the first cut into your jeans. They recommend starting at the top of your thigh and measure to where you knee would naturally hit in the pants. This way, you will know of all the right places to distress your denim.

2. Plan out your denim distress marks & get to cutting 

American Eagle, one clothing company that definitely knows how to make jeans the right way, offers some tips for what you’ll need for cutting up your pants. AE recommends gathering sandpaper (220 grit or higher), an ingle-edge razor blade, a pair scissors, a block of wood or deck of cards, and bleach for this DIY project. You can use the blade for making fine thread tears, use the scissors to create entire holes in your jeans, and the sandpaper for light wear and tear. You can also switch up all of the tools to create the exact style of distressed denim that you desire.

3. Try them on as you distress

While we don’t recommend distressing a pair of jeans while wearing them, you can always take brief breaks in between tearing up the pair of jeans that you have laid out on a table in front of you. You can always try on your jeans after making the first or second hole during your DIY project. Trying your jeans on as you complete this 2-second trick will guarantee that you make them distressed in all of the right places. Our pro tip is not waiting until the end of your project to try them on. You should try to catch any mistakes as you go!

Don’t worry, we have you covered for all of the DIY styling tips that you need to know. If you’re looking for more 2-second tricks make sure to check out The 2-Second Trick For Telling Whether Heels Are Comfortable and The 2-Second Trick For Breaking In Your New Sneakers.



Leah is a writer for SheFinds, covering celebrity news, fashion, beauty & more. You can reach her at [email protected]

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