By Joelle of La Petite Noob
- One pair of high waisted jeans (a.k.a. “mom jeans” – you may have a super old pair laying around, or you can take to your local thrift store to scout some out. I found my pair for a grand total of $3.99)
- A sharp pair of scissors, able to easily cut through denim
- A pair of tweezers
- An old razer
Step 1 – Begin Cutting your Jeans
Once you have your desired length clean up your edges slightly, and make sure that you have the correct angles. Now you’re ready to start giving your high waisted, denim shorts that authentic distressed look.
Step 2 – Create Worn Areas
The first step in creating a perfectly distressed denim look is to decide where you want your worn-out holes to be. Once you’ve decided the areas, wedge a magazine in between the pant leg of the shorts – this will make sure any cuts you make in the denim are on one side only. Start by cutting a series of small slits about a centimetre or two apart. The more slits you cut out, and the longer you make them, will dictate how large the worn-out hole will be.
You will notice that within the weave of the denim itself, there are vertical blue threads, and horizontal white threads. Between the slits that you have made, use your tweezers to grab a vertical blue thread and gently pull it out. The end result will be to remove all of the vertical blue threads within the slits you have created, to reveal only the horizontal white threads – leaving a perfectly distressed hole in your shorts.
**Note – the first blue thread will be a little difficult to remove, however once you start to remove more they will start to glide out quickly and easily. Be patient with this process – it does seem a little tedious at first, but you eventually start to settle into a rhythm where the blue threads start to pile up!
Repeat the same process until you have created as many holes are you want. I chose to keep things pretty conservative for this particular pair of denim shorts, but you could achieve a more distressed look by either creating larger holes or increasing the number of them.
Step 3 – Distress the Pockets
Distressing the pockets of your high waisted, denim shorts help to achieve that authentic worn-in look. The process is extremely simple – just cut up the very top of the pocket to expose the threads. Drag your razor against the threads to create a subtle fray – use your tweezers to pull out extra threads if you wanted a more dramatic fray. This process should only take you a few minutes, but goes a long way to achieving the perfect distressed look to your shorts.
Step 4 – Don’t Forget the Backside
Don’t forget to add worn in holes, and distress the pockets of the backside as well.
Step 5 – Fray the Legs of the Shorts
Drag your razor along the cut edges of your shorts, much like you did for distressing the pockets.
Step 6 – Throw you Shorts in the Washer and Dryer on Low
This last step is completely optional, especially if you are already happy with the results of your high waisted, distressed denim shorts. If you’re after a more worn in look then throwing the shorts in the washing machine for a wash, then into the dryer on low, will give the shorts a much more destroyed look – the frays will become more pronounced and holes will grow larger.