D.I.Y Distressed Denim

Jeans aren't normally my favourite type of pants to wear. They can be tight and uncomfortable, and my style is all about being slouchy and comfortable to the max, in the most stylish way possible. So while I've always loved the ripped or distressed denim trend, I couldn't bring myself to fork out the dollars on something I knew I wouldn't be comfy in. Then the boyfriend/mum jean became a thing, but I've always struggled to find a pair that didn't just make me look like I was drowning in denim. I almost caved and forked out about $50 when I finally found a pair of distressed mum jeans I thought I would like, but they didn't have my size. I felt like this was the universe telling me I should just make my own; so I hit the op shops and got cutting.

You Need:
; a pair of jeans (old, new or thrifted)
; marker
; scissors
; tweezers

You Do:
1. Raid your closet or head to your local op shop (like I did) and find a pair of jeans you like. The big plus of op shops is they are way cheaper than buying jeans from your regular store, and the variety of washes and styles you'll have to choose from will be unlike anything you'll find in your usual chain store. I actually managed to find a pair of Dotti jeans, which I can guess would have originally retailed for around $50 or $60. Mine were $13, and though you can probably find cheaper still, when I tried these on I knew they were exactly what I wanted and I knew it was already a bargain on their original price, so I brought them.

2. Next I grabbed some inspiration from online stores. I just browsed the jean sections on sites like Boohoo and Misguided for an idea on how I might like to style my rips.

3. Grab your marker of choice and mark out where you want to cut the holes. Remember to mark these holes a little bit smaller than the result you actually want because we need to cut around the outside of the mark to get rid of it. The best way to do this is put the jeans on and, while looking at your inspiration pictures, draw the holes.

4. Cut out the holes.

5. Distress away. I started by just pulling on any loose threads that were hanging around. Then I grabbed the tweezers and started pulling out strips of thread from in front of and behind the holes. Depending on your jeans and how you cut your holes, the type of distress you get will be a little bit different from everyone else's, so just have fun with it.

6. Chuck them in the washing machine. This will help to fray all the threads a little more and give the distress a more natural look.

7. Now you can pop on your distressed denim and look like a badass.

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