As streetwear trend catches on, a good ol' pair of jeans is not just a basic piece anymore. As more and more brands hop on the bandwagon of street-inspired attire, denim trends have evolved as well. Be it an ode to the 80s with bleached jeans or the much hyped distressed jeans, denim continues to be a statement maker even with new trends.
Denim being the most versatile of the lot, acts as a perfect canvas for DIY tricks. Buying a pair of contemporary style jeans can be pretty expensive. Instead, why not spend a few hours on a lazy weekend to give new life to an already useless old pair found at the back of the closet? Try out these 4 DIY tricks and transform your old pair of basic jeans into a trendy one:1. Distressed Jeans
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What you need: Chopping board, chalk, scissors, sandpaper, tweezer
Safety first, place a chopping board where you intend you place your denims. Nobody wants destroyed mattresses or rugs in the process. Place your pair of jeans and neatly mark a line with a chalk where you want to rip it. Rub the targeted area with sandpaper to loosen up the fabrics first and then make the cut using a scissor. Use the tweezer to pull out threads from the denim to create a rugged effect. Remember to start small as there's no turning back if you rip too much.
Pro tip: For knee rips, aim a little above the knee when you're going in with scissors, as tearing too low can make the hole bigger when you walk, as you'll lean into them.2. Frayed hem
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What you need: Scissors, chalk, tweezer
Frayed hem jeans have been popular recently as they resemble a more hep version of ankle length pants. Perfect for showing off your beloved kicks, frayed jeans are a hoot. To make one at home, iron your jeans first to make sure the length of each leg is equal. Begin by making a straight line with chalk of equal length on each ankle. After snipping the jeans you'll see horizontal and vertical threading. Use a tweezer to pull on the threads until you've reached the level of distressing you want.3. Patch work jeans
What you need: Iron, iron-on patch, tea towel
Patches have been symbolizing brand values for ages now. Be it the Gucci tiger or the Balenciaga logo, patches represent individuality. Also a great way to mend old jeans or to channel your inner cowboy look, patches can transform jeans in a good way. Iron -on patches are the easiest way to DIY old jeans. For this method, pre-heat the denim with an iron for 30 seconds then place the patch at the desired location. Lay out a tea towel over the jeans so you don't end up burning the patch. Repeat for 90 seconds on each side until secure and dry for a few minutes. Don't use a steam iron as dry heat makes the patch stick better.4. Paint splatter effect
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What you need: Newspapers, rubber gloves, a bucket, acrylic paint
If you're a fan of the faux-artist vibes, this look will add edge to your look. If not, well it still looks fly as hell. Pick out a pair f medium or light wash jeans as it displays the effect better. To achieve this effect, lay your jeans on old newspapers, put on some rubber gloves and get your chosen paint ready. Make sure the container is big enough to fit your hand in it. Create a fist and flick the paint onto the jeans rapidly. If you desire bigger paint sploges, flick closer to the jeans and for smaller ones, flick further away from them.