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How to Distress Your Jeans


Let’s meet with denim designer Holly from Dorothy Perkins and find out how to distress jeans as well as finding out how denim is being refreshed for SS17.

Q. Denim has been having a big impact on the trends for a few seasons now. How do you keep the DP denim feeling fresh and new? What was your inspiration for this season?

A. SS17 is inspired by authentic vintage denim washes, distressing and customisation. Superskinny fits are updated with abrasions, rips and distressed hem details. 90s inspired looks have been featured on the catwalks and that has filtered down into denim.

Q. Jeans aside, what are the other key denim items we should be looking for?

A. Denim dresses are updated in new shapes – the bardot, cold shoulder, ruffle one shoulder and embroidered styles are all key pieces for the season.

Q. Hãy chia sẻ các sản phẩm jeans chủ chốt của DP mà bạn đang thèm muốn?

A. Quần skinny jeans lưng vừa Darcy là một phong cách chủ chốt mùa này – chiếc quần với độ dài đến mắt cá linh hoạt được cách tân với chi tiết xẻ đầu gối.

Corey our new slim boyfriend jean is a must have. With a nod to the ’90s trend, they’re made in comfort stretch denim, with a turn up at the hem and in the newest washes. They come in a mid-rise and are fitted through the hips, tapered at the ankle to flatter the figure. This season coloured denim is really key and there’s a big focus on pink so we’ve added a pink Corey which we’re really excited about.

Q. And finally Holly, talk us through your personal denim style.

A. Denim is staple in most people’s wardrobe and I love how versatile it is – I spend most of my time in jeans! I really love all of the authentic vintage denim looks which are making a comeback and it’s great to see there’s lots of excitement around denim this season.

Holly shows us how to customise our old jeans and add that distressed look to give them a little more life.


The knee rips:

To create the much-loved knee rips all you need is a sharp blade such as a craft blade.
Lay your jeans on a flat surface and decide where you want the rips to be positioned.
Pierce with the point of the blade and gently run it across the width of the leg as desired.
Use your finger and thumb to pull away some of the fibres of the rip for that frayed finish.


The letdown hem:

All you need is a pair of sharp scissors and a fine cheese garter.
Using the scissors cut off the finished hem at the ankle, just above the stitch line, or to your preferred length.
With the finer blade of the cheese grater, simply rub the raw edge of the ankles along it to loosen the fibres and create that desired distressed.