5 Ways to Distress Your Jeans

May 4, 2018 Fashion

Rugged jeans are always in fashion these days, and it seems like they’re here to stay. The sales of these types of denim are increasing every year. People find this weird but they cost more than a regular plain pair which has no holes and fraying whatsoever. Everyone wants to get their hands on a pair, but some of these rugged jeans are ridiculously expensive and not all of us want to have an actual hole in our pocket to get one. Don’t worry; we have come up with some hacks through which you can actually get your very own pair of distressed jeans without having to cough up a fortune!

Select the jeans wisely

If you’ve never frayed out jeans before or have little or no experience, you may want to opt for an old pair of jeans you don’t mind cutting or fraying. Basically, choose a pair of jeans on which you can pull out your creative self. You don’t want to screw up an expensive piece of jeans and end up causing trouble for yourself. In addition to that, it is advised that you pick up an old faded piece of denim. It will save you the additional labor of fading out the denim and washing it with bleaching materials. You can also protect the bottom layer of your jeans by sliding some newspapers or magazines underneath the leg side. It will protect the tools from cutting out both of the layers from your denim.

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Fray out the edges

Take out that razor blade and fray out the edges and pockets of your plain jeans, the blades would prove to be really handy when going over the waistbands, zipper area, and pockets. You can fray out the edges and other areas of your denim according to your choice and the kind of look you want on your denim. You can also make small and large patches on your jeans with the help of disposable razor blades, which will add an additional spunk/style statement to your denim. While you’re making those patches, make sure you don’t damage or rip the jeans completely out of structure. Making patches needs a certain amount of care to it. If not done properly your jeans could be permanently damaged and of no use to you at all.

Try them on and mark them

The unique thing about denim is that it fits everyone differently. Where your knees would be placed or where your upper thighs would fall is not exact. The best thing to do in this situation is to try them on and mark the areas where you want to make the alterations, patches, and holes. For this process, all would need to do is try on the denim you want to fray and mark the areas you want to make alterations on. Jeans are usually rugged on the sides, knees, upper thighs and back pockets. However, if you’re distressing jeans for the first time or have no experience whatsoever, you might want to stay away from the sides as the sides are the support structure of the jeans. Sides play a vital role in holding the jeans together; a slight goof up in distressing them could leave your jeans completely out of use in seconds.

Use bobby pins for smaller holes

Not everybody’s a big fan of completely rugged or worn out look, some of us also want that subtle modern look on our denim with a little blend of distress on our denim. Well… you can make that happen to your jeans in no time. All you would have to do is grab some bobby pins preferably with a blunt edge to scuff out your denim and make tiny holes for your subtle distressing needs.

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Use sandpaper for a finer finish

Scuffing your jeans with sandpaper can be highly effective, and will make cutting and fraying a lot easier for you, especially when your jeans are made of a thicker material. In addition, sanding your jeans would also bring out that faded look which would go with the patches and scuff on your denim. However, it is advised that you don’t overdo the sandpaper on your denim as it could fade your denim a little too much and might completely hamper the fabric.