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diy distressed denim

Want to follow in the fashion footsteps of the likes of Kylie Jenner and Rihanna, without the A-list price tag? Retailer of sequin dresses QUIZ is on-hand to show you how to get the distressed denim look through a spot of DIY.

It’s the hottest look of the season, so what are you waiting for? Get customising!

Initial prep

The key to fashionable distressed denim is for it to look natural, so before you take to the scissors, start by planning out what you’re going to do. If you don’t, you run the risk of ruining your jeans.

Of course, your denim should be clean and dry before you start. Put the jeans 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.

Start ripping!

Place a thick piece of cardboard or magazine in your jeans, under the area you want to cut. This will make sure you only cut one side of the jeans.

Using a safety knife, cut rips into the denim, varying the lengths as you go to create a natural-looking tear. Loosely aim to create a diamond shape using varying sized cuts.

For a truly natural look, you’ll now need to fray the 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.

The distressing process

This is where you’ll need a piece of trusty sandpaper. Take a piece and rub it across sections of your jeans. Doing so will create a natural-looking colour fade, perfect for adding the fishing touches to your distressed denim creation.

Patch it up

To create a bold look, you could add patches to your denim. 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.

If the above sounds like too much hassle, QUIZ has a ready-made collection of distressed jeans with some even featuring patches — perfect for getting all of the style with none of the effort.

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