There are some trends that will never die and for me frayed denim is one of them. Up there with my trusted leather jacket and striped Breton, denim that has been lived in is something I’m forever in search of and often the D.I.Y approach is much more convincing than the high street imposters. I love nothing more than shopping new season denim but sometimes a few home improvements can make it even better. It’s also a great way of giving some forgotten pairs a new lease of life and more airtime. All you’ll need for both of these super easy techniques is a sharp pair of scissors, a cheese grater, an iron and a quick unpick or safety pin.
For styles that come up a little short a great way to add a little length and vintage feel to them is to drop the hem. Start by pulling hem loose with your quick unpick or safety pin. If you have neither of these you can just use a pair of tweezers to pull the thread out. Start to unravel the hem from the inside using a sharp pair of scissors to snip the thread away as you go.
Once you’ve taken the hem down completely on both legs iron them flat and there you have it! A new pair of updated jeans in minutes.
My absolutely favourite denim look is the good 90s frayed hem. For this you just need scissors and a cheese grater. Decide where you want your denim to sit (for me it’s just above the ankle) and cut the fabric in a straight line matching both legs to the same length.
Once cut it’s time to get grating. Take one leg at a time scrunching the hem together and rubbing roughly against the grain of the fabric. Just make sure to be careful of you hands!
The best distressed look inevitably comes from wear and washes but this will start you on your way.