It’s a firm favourite with Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Rihanna so, with such a strong A-list following, you know it’s a hot trend. To truly personalise your look, why not take up a spot of DIY denim distressing? Dresses retailer QUIZ explains how it’s done:
Preparation is key when distressing your denim — one wrong move with those scissors could lead to you completely ruining your jeans.
Your old pair of jeans will need to be clean and dry. Slip them on and work out which areas you want to distress. Pockets, knees and the bum are popular parts to modify, as they are the areas of the jeans that naturally wear and tear. Use chalk to mark out where you want to distress.
You’ll only want to cut one side of your jeans—rips that go through the front and back are a big no-no. To do so, stuff the area you intend on cutting with a magazine or thick piece of cardboard.
When cutting, aim to make a diamond shape using cuts of varying lengths. This will help ensure your tears are natural-looking.
Next, start to fray your cuts. Along the edge of each cut, gently tease the horizontal white threads using a safety pin, being careful not to break them. Then, using tweezers, pluck out the vertical threads to leave just the white horizontal threads. Repeat this for each cut you have made.
Rummage around in the toolbox for a piece of sandpaper — you’ll need it to distress sections of your jeans. Gently rubbing it across the fabric will create a natural-looking colour fade, perfect for adding the fishing touches to your distressed denim creation.
For the perfect finishing touch, personalise your denim with patches. Bright floral motifs are in vogue and practically leap off distressed denim to give you an eye-catching contrast of grunge and chic. If you want a subtle embellishment, why not go with lace? This is a classic feminine fabric that will dress up your modern distressed denim with retro charm for the ideal smart-casual look.
Find the perfect patches for you and sew them onto your newly distressed denim. Want this look with none of the effort? Skip straight to the ready-to-wear stage and shop QUIZ’s collection of patched jeans.
*This post is sponsored by Quiz Clothing*
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