There’s nothing we like more than a trend that is comfortable and looks effortlessly chic. Distressed denim jeans are back this season with a “go big or go home” mentality featuring rips in the knee going up to thigh-level and extremely frayed edges. The best thing about this 90’s throwback look? You don’t even have to spend any money on new jeans! Read on for cool outfit ideas and DIY instructions on how to make your own pair in three easy steps:
- Or, take the high fashion route and throw on an oversized coat, a basic top, and minimalistic accessories.
- If distressed denim is not your usual style, don’t fret! Pick a fit that’s not as baggy and pairing it with a knit sweater and heels for a classic feel.
- Cuff your jeans and show off a bold pair of heels -- a little height goes a long way to highlight your legs and balance the loose fit.
- Dudes can rock the look too. Dress it up with a buttondown shirt and a clean pair of oxfords or dress it down with a loose tee and sneakers. Easy does it!
Chictopia has a great light wash pair on sale in the Shop, but if you’re on a budget, take an old pair of jeans and distress them yourself!
DIY in 3 Easy Steps:
1. Lay your jeans down on a flat surface and mark a line at your knee. You can either fold each pant leg in half (line up the bottom hem with the crotch) and mark at the fold or try your jeans own and measure it that way.
2. Cut horizontal lines about half an inch apart, starting at the knee line and going upwards as far as you prefer. Leave about an inch of space on each side. Wider spaces between the cuts will leave more threads in your hole, whereas lines that are cut closer to each other will likely end up as gaps.
3. There are two ways to loosen the threads: A) Loosen and pull out the threads by hand - this is a more tedious process, but you can control how many horizontal threads you want to leave in. B) Throw your jeans into the washer and dryer and let the machine do the work! You can also start with this step and alter the rips by hand afterwards if you’re not satisfied with the results. Use a grater to add the finishing touches by fraying the edges and any other patches you want to distress.
Give the trend a try and tell us what you think in the comments below.