A Super Easy Way to Distress Your Jeans

01 Apr 2013 Permalink

mirrored sunglasses, camo jacket | Knocked Up Fabulous

sunglasses, cardigan, distressed boyfriend jeans | Knocked Up Fabulous

red head, distressed jeans | Knocked Up Fabulous

distressed denim, floral sandals | Knocked Up Fabulous

After seeing these distressed jeans, I wanted to go balls-to-the-wall with tearing up one of my pairs.

I got this jeans from the thrift store some time last year.  They’re men’s Levis and the cut is a little different than I normally wear, and because of that they’ve been hanging around in my closet a little too much.  (But hey, that made them the perfect candidate for my project!)  Instead of using a knife for distressing like I had done in the past, I decided to just use a pair of scissors.  I put the jeans on and marked where I wanted the slashes to be.  Then I took off the jeans and held them upside down, aligning the creases together…basically folding each leg in half.  Finally I used the scissors to make cuts.  (The larger areas of distressing had three or four cuts in a row.)  The last and most important step was to run the jeans through the washer and dryer.

After seeing these results, I think I need to be a little careful…I might end up destroying distressing all of my jeans!  This new method I tried was so easy to do!

sweater, jeans, jacket – thrifted // shoes – Target // short necklace – c/o Katie Dean Jewelry

Linked with Monday Mingle, My Thrifty Chic, and IFB Project #93

  • Polly
    April 1, 2013

    Fantastic, I can see why you are pleased with them.

  • Always Maylee
    April 1, 2013

    You look amazing. I love the distressed jeans and the casual outfit. Seems like an easy way to distress them!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  • sheree0819
    April 1, 2013

    thank you for this..will definitely be trying it..just have to figure out where to do the distressing..the tricky part to making them perfect!
    sheree xxx

    • aprilgia
      April 3, 2013

      I hope you give it a try…can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  • nicole feliciano (@momtrends)
    April 1, 2013

    Girl you’ve got a flair for destruction! Love the look.


  • Kristin & Megan (@BonBonRoseGirls)
    April 1, 2013

    Genius! And they turned out fab of course!

  • whoisthatgirlmo
    April 1, 2013

    This is pretty simple. Love your distress job. 🙂


  • Brooke @ what2wear
    April 1, 2013

    Ok yes I am lurving those jeans but gimme those glasses!!!!!!!!!
    Brooke @ what2wear

  • Adrienne
    April 2, 2013

    Grrrr! I’m late to the party! I went out and bought distressed jeans last week because the tutorials that I looked at seemed super challenging! You look amazing! Love your photos! New follower 🙂
    Adrienne @ myblackwhitecolor.blogspot.com

    • aprilgia
      April 3, 2013

      This was really easy to do! If you’re going to try it out, use a thrifted pair of jeans…that way it won’t be a big deal if they don’t turn out how you like.

  • Baby Shopaholic
    April 2, 2013

    I am obsessed with camo right now! I have the same jacket and wear it almost everyday! I need to hit the thrift store for boyfriend jeans!

    • aprilgia
      April 3, 2013

      I know! I love mine…the camo print really ‘goes’ with so much!

  • Amber @ 3 Ladies & Their Gent
    April 2, 2013

    Cute and such an easy way to put your own detail into them.

  • Christina
    April 2, 2013

    You’re such a stylish Mama! Your kids should be proud

  • merciblahblah
    April 3, 2013

    Um, yes yes HELL to the yes. Love the camo, love the perfectly slouchy distressed jeans, and I have to say, I’m always partial to aviators, but I LOVE those shades. Where did you get them?

    • aprilgia
      April 3, 2013

      Thanks, lady! The glasses are thrifted! They’re actually a Disney pair…there is a tiny mickey face in one corner.

  • paige
    April 4, 2013

    ha! no way you said “balls to the wall.” i dig you. 😉 and you’ve got mad distressing skills. i tried distressing a pair of old jeans recently and i wasn’t thrilled with the results. maybe i’ll revisit them and try it your way.

  • Glamamom® (@Glamamom)
    April 6, 2013

    Love the laid back look. The sunglasses are so on trend and your hot pink lips, wow!

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