No Strings Attached: Make Your Own Distressed Cropped Denim Jacket

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DIY Distressed Cropped Denim Jacket

On one of my latest window shopping excursions, I spotted a distressed cropped denim jacket and thought it was such a fun new take on a classic. Instead of paying the price for a pre-cut coat, I grabbed a jean jacket out of my closet and used a couple techniques to get the frayed edge look. The ladylike silhouette with a distressed unfinished hem strikes the perfect balance between classic and edgy — my favorite style!  Read on to find out how to give your denim a DIY makeover.

Supplies for DIY Distressed Cropped Denim Jacket

Supplies:
Denim jacket
Sandpaper
Scissors
Sharpie
Razor

Mark the jacket before you make your cuts

Step 1: Mark where you want to cut the collar and sleeves.

Cut the waistband using fabric scissors

Step 2: Cut off your sleeves, collar and waistband.

Use a razor to distress the freshly cut edges

Step 3: With the razor, make small vertical cuts around the neckline, sleeves and bottom of the jacket.

Rub the cut edges with sandpaper to loosen the threads

Step 4: Rub the edges with sandpaper to loosen the threads, until you reach the desired amount of fray.

DIY Distressed Cropped Denim Jacket

After each wash, the edges will fray more.

DIY Distressed Cropped Denim Jacket

Wear casually over a sweatshirt or style it up over a summer dress!

Photo credits: Jenni Radosevich

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