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in this issue LUKE GRIMES BY MITCHELL NGUYEN MCCORMACK

Fashion FAQ: How do I Make My Own Ripped Jeans?

If you want to start experimenting with denim, we’d strongly advise you to work with old, secondhand pieces. Or you could acquire a cheap pair of trousers for this DIY project

 

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Sweater and denim trousers by Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane, denim jacket by Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci

 

Also bear in mind that bleached, worn and lightly dyed denim will create a better destroyed effect than dark, pristine jeans.

Start by planning out the overall design: Will there be lots of holes, or do you simply want a distressed effect? Are you aiming for symmetrical patterns or will you let your creativity reign free?

Mark which part of the trousers that you want to rip. Don’t go too high as your underwear might show, and don’t go anywhere near the knee as holes in that area tend to become bigger as you walk.

Use scissors or a box cutter (utility knife) to create holes and sandpaper to fray the fabric. Don’t forget to pull some of the threads to create a naturally-distressed effect.

After you’re done, wash the trousers to allow the new rips to settle.

 

 

This article first appeared in DA MAN Style spring/summer 2016. Get your copy here.

 

 

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