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Do-It-Yourself Distressed Denim*

Scroll through your news feed and you'll notice that distressed denim is everywhere right now. To get the look, you don't have to splash out on a new pair of expensive jeans though. Why not dig out the denims that have been at the back of your wardrobe for a little while and give them a totally new vibe with do-it-yourself distressed denim? Here to explain more in a handy step-by-step guide is Maxi Dresses retailer, QUIZ:

Step 1: Getting Started
Stop right there! Before you make a single cut or tear, you need to plan what you're doing first to avoid the risk of ruining your jeans. Obviously, your denim needs to be clean and dry. Put the jeans on and work out which areas you want to distress. Pockets, knees and the bum are popular parts to modify, as they are the areas of the jeans that naturally wear and tear. Use chalk to mark out where you want to distress.

Step 2: Ripping Your Jeans
Under where you'll be cutting, place a thick magazine or piece of cardboard inside your jeans. This will make sure you only cut one side of the jeans and not both! Using a safety knife, carefully cut rips of varying lengths into your denim - this will keep them looking natural. Loosely aim to create a diamond shape using varying sized cuts. 
Up next is fraying t he cuts. Along the edge of each cut, gently tease the horizontal white threads using a safety pin, being careful not to break them. Then, using tweezers, pluck out the vertical threats to leave just the white horizontal threads. Repeat this for each cut you have made.

Step 3: Distressing Your Denim
This is where sandpaper comes in! Take a piece of sandpaper and rub it across sections of your jeans. Doing so will create a natural-looking colour fade, perfect for adding the finishing touches to your distressed denim creation.

Step 4: Patch It Up
If you want to give your denim an even more personalised touch, consider adding patches - they're so in right now. Bright floral motifs are in Vogue and practically leap off distressed denim to give you an eye-catching contrast of grunge and chic. If you want a subtle embellishment, why not go with lace? This is a classic feminine fabric that will dress up your modern distressed denim with retro  charm for the ideal smart-casual look. For this look with less effort, take a look at QUIZ's collection of distressed jeans pre-prepared with patches.

*This blog post was created by QUIZ clothing. I only work with brands that I truly do like and considering a lot of my blog posts are based on money-saving methods, I absolutely endorse recycling any old clothes you have to save you money. I feel that this post is a great benefit to my readers, and if any of you do create your own distressed denim, be sure to send me pitctures!

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