So you’ve got a gorgeous new pair of cut-off shorts (or maybe you hacked them off yourself, or used our expert denim cut-off service) but they’re just not quite distressed enough for you? There are several easy ways you can make your brand new shorts look extremely well-worn, from physical abuse to bleach and beyond. Check out a few of our favorites below.
1. Sandpaper, scissors & razors. Tools like scissors, X-Acto knives, sandpaper, cheese graters, and other potentially abrasive objects are amazing tools for making your jeans look vintage. When using these items, be sure to slip a piece of cardboard or a protective layer inside the pocket and the actual jean, so you are only distressing one surface as a time.
Distress where it’s natural! You’ll see natural wear and tear in places like pocket tops, hems, and anywhere whiskers form (usually around the crotch and the top of the thigh). We recommend starting out by cutting some light slashes, and then sanding and tearing at the fibers surrounding the cut/hem/etc.
How far you go with this is entirely up to you.
2. Bleach & dye.
Another great way to achieve a vintage look is to include a few inconspicuous splatters of bleach, or use a desaturated dye in colors like peach, brown, or even pale yellow. You can check out our bleaching tutorial here. Fabric dye instructions range from product to product, but you’ll get better results if the fibers are 100% cotton.
3. Let the elements do the work.
This is probably one of our favorites. It takes time and patience, and also willingness to accept whatever random things may happen to your jeans. Tie them to your fire escape, pin them to your roof, hang them out your window, or find some other place where they can be stationary in the elements of nature. Running water, summer storms, intense wind, and even wild animals will all contribute to the worn in look of your denim.
+ Distress jeans that are 100% cotton sans-stretch fibers, or else you risk some major shape change after you’ve made your scissor holes & razor marks.
+ Get creative! Cut a slash in the thigh of your shorts and pull the pocket through, or cut out a design in the back pocket and reinforce with stitching. The possibilities are endless.
+ Safety first! Always use the proper precautions when using power tools, chemical dyes, etc. Read the warnings on all packages and wear goggles/gloves if necessary.
Let us know which ones you try at Denim Therapy’s facebook! And don’t forget, if you need help making your favorite jeans into perfect cut-offs, you can use our expert denim cut-off service.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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Getting ready for the epic August beach trip? So are we! And we’re packing denim shorts, bikinis, and dry shampoo. Kaftans and cover-ups may be chic, but when you wear denim on the beach, it’s a non-stop party. Check out some of our favorite bathing suit and cut-off shorts combos below.
Below, Eda Bijou studded triangle bikini top; Moto acid wash high waisted dip-dye shorts
Below, VIX Eriko bandeau bikini top; Current/Elliott Boyfriend star-print low-rise denim shorts
Below, Jets by Jessica Allen tropical halterneck bikini top; J Brand Low-Rise Denim Cut-Off Shorts
Below, Black frilly bikini top; High-waisted striped denim shorts
Below, J Crew Polka-Dot Bikini Top; Splendid Cut-Off Denim Shorts
Remember to bring sunscreen! And let us know which combo is your favorite on our facebook!
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: acid wash denim, bikinis, black bikini, cut off shorts, denim shorts, neon bikini, polka dot bikini, summer denim trends, topshop denim
Recently, Denim Therapy covered the debut of Guerilla24, a selvage denim brand from Hong Kong. We decided to review the Sniper straight leg jean in raw selvage ($300) by Guerilla24, and Seattle photographer and style blogger John Bell was happy to help us out with this request. Since this was John’s first foray into the selvage denim territory, he knew it would be an exciting adventure in testing out a new fashion label.
What was your first thought when you tried them on?
They felt really solid and well put together. A tough pair of jeans. The stitching looks great, the indigo color was awesome and I liked the Guerilla24 leather patch label on the back pocket—nice touch.
Where/when would you wear these?
I would wear them out on a normal day with a t-shirt and some Sperry Top-siders; or, I would pair them with a button down and a blazer with some classy wingtip shoes.
How’s the fit?
The fit is great! The size 30 waist was just right and following down to the bottom, the pants have that smooth, tailored look on me, even though they are slightly looser on the thigh. Sitting down and bending over, the pants move with me so I’m not uncomfortable.
Go to Guerilla24 online to shop all the styles.
Photos by John Lee Bell.
Tags: Guerilla24, men's jeans, selvage jeans, selvedge jeans
Just because the weather has been unbearably hot, it doesn’t mean your summer fashion is reduced to wearing flip-flops and SPF one million. Maintain your studly appearance with some stylish men’s shoes that are suitable for garnering the right kind of attention when worn with your favorite pair of jeans. We found some great desert boots, boat shoes and other stylish must-have menswear shoes that will have everyone giving you the thumbs up this season. Tip: swap out your plain white shoes laces with ones that match the color of your selvage seam. Bam!
1. Cole Haan Air Grant Penny Moc 2. Calvin Klein Suede Buck Shoe 3. Steve Madden Ethin2 Wingtip
4. Sperry Top-Sider Bahama 2-Eye 5. Vans Boat Shoes 6. Clarks Desert Boots
—Denim Therapy Staff
Tags: accessories, Calvin Klein, Clark's Shoes, Cole Haan, footwear, men's footwear, men's shoes, Sperry Top-Siders, Steve Madden, stylish shoes, summer shoes, summer style, Vans, what to wear with jeans
A few things every man needs in the spring: fresh kicks, a statement watch, and a few breezy chambray shirts. Haus Of Howe is offering up some thin, luxe options—one with a drawstring hooded detail in a super light wash. Imagine either of these paired with some colored chinos or cargo shorts for an easy spring look. No-fuss everyday styling always wins.
Take a closer look below.
Keep an eye on Haus Of Howe for more men’s spring basics.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: Chambray Shirt, denim shirt, haus of howe, mens denim, project show, Spring trends