While reminiscing about the strolls along the beach and sugary confections, I took a harder look at the at the images. Yes, the beach was indeed breathtaking, but WHAT had happened to those jeans? After turning my closet upside down, I realized that those ripped jeans were long gone.
Ripped jeans are such an on-trend piece. You can find distressed denim -in all different stages of destruction- scrawled across Pinterest and street style posts. My well-traveled and frayed denim would have been perfect to pair with this season's It pieces. To make up for the loss (without having to replace them with a $100 pair from Topshop), I decided to recreate the look myself with a DIY project.
How hard can ripping up jeans really be? To play it safe, I tried it out with an old pair of Forever 21 skinnies.
My tools: sharp scissors, white eyeliner, sand paper (or a nail file) and tweezers.
First I wore the jeans for a few hours to get a true fit before cutting.
Next, I marked the jeans with a white eyeliner where I wanted to make the cuts. If you have chalk handy, I would recommend it over the eyeliner since it can be removed from the denim without washing. I made the marks right above my knees to create the illusion of longer legs.
I cut along the white lines.
After making my three cuts, I used sandpaper to fray the tops and bottoms of my cuts.
To loosen some of the unravelled denim, I used tweezers to pull gently and further exaggerate the distress around the knees.
To ensure that the slits look worn, I threw the jeans into the washer and dryer.