How to Cut Punk Rock Jeans

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Cutting punk rock jeans is something that you want to do to invoke a late 70s or early 80s look. Cut punk rock jeans with help from an experienced fashion professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Heather Klar. How to cut punk rock jeans. Punk rock jeans often are noted for their sort of slashed up beat up appearance. Here's some tips to get that look. To get that sort of punk rock effect with your jeans, it's not just cutting the jeans that will give them that look. That whole DIY late 70s early 80s look involves a couple of steps. But the main thing is wearing the jeans after you've kind of screwed them up and playing around with it. Again, it's sort of a style thing. You're going to want to make cuts that are I would say more of a horizontal slash that gives you this look. If you cut vertically it's bad news because you'll just have like a window on your leg. So you just want a couple little slices across the leg. You can either take scissors if you're very careful and sort of pinch the jean and cut like that. Or take an X-Acto knife and play around with it. Another thing that will help the look of the jean is after you've made a couple little snips here and there is to actually throw them in the washer and dryer. Because then the threads will start to fray and give you that frayed punk kind of look. Another thing you can do to sort of give that look is to take some sandpaper actually and you can just kind of scrape the sandpaper along the jeans. And what it'll do is it'll start to gently break down the fibers and again you can play around with it but don't go too far because again you'll want to throw the jeans in the washer and dryer and see how it turns out. Because it'll fray the jeans quite a bit more after that. So just do a little bit first and then see where it takes you.


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