DIY: How to Distressed Your Denim

Hello Denimian!

How are you denimian?? Hopefully you all full of joyful and happiness.

This week  we would like to share about how to distressed your denim.

Distressed denim is happening lately. You can create your own denim with every style you want, especially boyfriends distressed denim. If you do not have a plan to buy a new pair of distressed denim, so you can make it by yourself with use your old denim, is it fun?? You’ll be rock lady on boyfriends distressed denim.

We reblog this article from here, to share the happiness of making your own style. We’re sure you can make your boyfriends distressed denim by yourself at home.

So Let’s try it now denimian!


  • Denim of choice—how about the faded jeans you couldn’t bring yourself to toss when you cleaned out your closet? We also recommend going to your local thrift store or purchasing an inexpensive pair of jeans. If you decide to shop for denim but aren’t having any luck, get creative like Kathleen did: She found this pair of cheaper denim in the men’s section of Forever 21 (and prefers the baggier “boyfriend jeans” fit, anyway)!
  • A sharp, brand new pair of scissors or more specifically, sewing scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Sandpaper
  • Pencil/chalk (optional/not shown)
  • Washing machine and dryer (optional/not shown)



Step 1: First, try on the denim to have an idea of what areas you would like to distress. If you would prefer to make a mark rather than simply eyeball where on the jeans you intend to distress, use chalk or a pencil.


Step 2: Then, sandpaper over those areas for an extra worn look. Skip this step if you’d rather keep the distressing to a minimum.


Step 3: Cut straight, horizontal slits over the areas you want to distress. The slits should be 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch from each other, which will make pulling out the indigo threads (i.e., the synthetic thread of the dyed and manufactured denim material) even easier.


Step 4: Use the tweezers to pull the indigo threads, but only in the areas you’ve cut. It’s OK if you can’t get them all, or if you have blue fuzz in certain areas. It’ll all even out in the wash—pun intended!

Step 5: Once you’ve cut several areas (and don’t forget about those back pockets for an all-over distressed look) and have pulled most of the indigo threads out, toss your jeans into the wash. Ensure that you have selected wash on cold, not warm or hot. You can always hand wash/air dry if you don’t have a washing machine or a dryer nearby; however, the step does add fantastic further distressing.

Step 6: Afterward, dry them (in the dryer or via air drying) as much as you can before wearing.

Pull on the rest of your outfit and voilà! You’re ready to rock n’ roll.




Get the Look:

Boyfriend JeansForever 21 (from the men’s section)
Striped top: H&M
Textured blazer: Nordstrom
Heels: Prabal Gurung for Target
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Aviators
Watch: Swatch
Lipstick:  Urban Decay 69
Chain-link bracelet: Derng
Stacked ring: Forever 21

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Blog: Carrie Bradshaw Lied
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