DIY Destroyed Denim Jeans

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You may have started seeing pairs of destroyed knee denim making their way onto the style scene. You also may have seen how they can run a pretty hefty price tag. Well, I have a stack of denim in my closet with worn out knees, so this DIY was only logical. Grab a pair of your own if you want to give this a try.


1. Turn your jeans inside out and put them on. Draw with a fabric or ink pen the size and place of where you would like your holes to be.


2. Take off the jeans and keep them inside out. Cut into the center of the hole towards the edge. When you get to the edge, snip enough length along your lines so that you can grab hold of the cut to continue to tear the rest of the hole. A torn edge looks more natural than a cut edge. You can snip through when the tear line gets stuck.

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3. Once you have your tear holes you can fray parts of the edge. Each side doesn’t need to be identical and certainly doesn’t have to be a perfect circle. Try on your jeans and fix the edges if needed.



You can style these numerous ways. Add nude pumps and a slouchy sweater for a dressed up yet casual look. I wouldn’t wear this to an interview, but definitely to dinner with friends.


You can also style your destroyed denim with a sleeveless tunic top and flats for a comfortable, casual look. Add a little texture with a tank underneath, and accessorize with a long necklace and an oversized watch to complete the look!

Photo credits: Chelsey Heidorn Photography

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