A pair of jeans
Handheld cheese grater
Old disposable razor
Step 1: Buying the right pair of jeans to distress can be a little tricky. I always opt for either an old pair that I want to make feel new again or a cheap pair so that if they don’t turn out how I want them to, I’m not devastated. I have found that Target actually has some great jeans, and if you spend time distressing them you can turn a cheap pair into one that looks much more expensive. The pair I am using for this demo are a boyfriend jean from Target in medium blue and they only cost me $29.99. They had a few pairs that were already distressed but doing it yourself ensures that your jeans won’t look like anyone elses.
Step 2: Decide the look you are going for. I always search on Pinterest for how much distressing I want and where I want the placement of my tears. That gives me a better guide to go off of so I don’t start ripping and tearing randomly. I decided to keep these subtle and so my distressing was mild.
Step 3: The bottom of the jeans I use in the tutorial already have a distressed hem but they are too long so I decided to cut them slightly shorter. I cuffed the jeans and pressed them so I had a line to cut without having to mark it with a pen.
Step 4: I used a cheese grater and old disposable razor to add some smaller holes below the pockets and on the knees but don’t go overboard on this step because…
Step 5: The next step is to put your jeans in the washer and the dryer on high heat. The machine will do most of the work finishing the job for you and it will ensure that the distressing looks natural.
***if you want more holes or fraying you can repeat steps 4 and 5 until you have the desired look but I suggest a little at a time until they are perfect for you. You dont want to do too much because you cant take it back.
I am so excited to wear these with my gladiator sandals while the weather is still warm and then with a chunky sweater and booties or converse in the fall. A few outfit posts including these jeans in the coming weeks.