If my obsession with cropped flare jeans has so far gone unnoticed, it’s about time I remind you. Recently I spent an entire lunch break desperately scouring the vast abyss of the online shopping world for a pair of perfectly frayed blue cropped flare jeans. Unfortunately, my efforts were wasted and the best I could find was a pair of £12 at a ropey looking website with models in questionable poses. Gathering that there’s a highly large chance this website would steal my card information and all of my money (although, I’m sure they’d be bitterly disappointed as my bank statement reads more like a love letter to Topshop rather than that of a healthy, sensible working woman), I decided I’d cut my losses and buy a nice looking non-frayed pair from Miss Selfridge. How hard can a little DIY fraying be? Turns out, it’s a hell of a lot easier than getting winged eyeliner even. With all designers chipping in on the denim trend, and customising reaching new kinds of popularity, there’s no better time to grab yourself some jeans, scissors, tweezers and a cheese grater, and get fraying. Oh, and for the ultra-crafty, it works just as good on everything else denim, so why not try it on skirts or the hem of a shirt to really make something your own?
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If you’re chopping your jeans a lot shorter, mark how much you’re taking off with a ruler and chalk. Personally, I wouldn’t bother as things are meant to look roughed-up and messy. As I was taking mine just above the hem, I used this as a guideline of where to cut.
Now you’re left with two neatly cut-off legs (that sounds weird), it’s time to get fraying. Although this is a super simple way to customise your denim, the next part can be a little time consuming. So put on your favourite new album, grab a mug of tea (wine????) and get started!
(Soz about the nails…)
With the tweezers, start pulling the horizontal threads out of the jeans. You can see a close-up of the inside in this second picture of how it looks. Keep pulling away at these being as messy or neat as you like. I found it easier to keep trimming some of the white frayed threads away to stop them from tangling.
Once you’ve done as much as you like, rough things up more by pulling at the threads really quickly with the tweezers, leaving more little white threads hanging down amongst the blue frays.
Not rough enough? Go at the hems with a cheese grater! Use the smaller side that’s best for zesting lemons (don’t I sound sophisticated?) as the sharp pieces of metal really pull at the threads.
Distress and fray until here’s what you’re left with!!