Welcome To The Destruction Zone: 5 Must-Try Distressed Denim Styles

There’s nothing like a pair of blue jeans when you’re going for a cool, casual, carefree vibe, but how do you take it to a hole new level? Two words – distressed denim. Sure, it may have a distraught-sounding name, but today’s distressed denim is both deliberate and deliberately stress-free. You don’t need an X-Acto knife to achieve grunge chic; you can be holey-er-than-thou just by slipping into a pair as-is. That’s right – slits, shreds, and slashes galore without doing any of the slicing and dicing yourself. Today we’ve compiled a list of our favorite must-try distressed denim styles to welcome you to the destruction zone. Hope you’re ready to get a little torn up.

Parts And Recreation

1. Knee Bend Destroyed Jeans, 2. Thigh-High Cut-Out Distressed Jeans

Parts And Recreation – Cut-outs are all the rage right now, so it’s only fitting that our skinnies take a turn. These strategically placed openings can highlight certain body parts that may be too good to cover up, while their stringy, frayed accenting keeps them looking unintentional and therefore effortlessly chic.

Leggy Lady

1. So Destroyed Acid Wash Jeans, 2. Destroyed Acid Wash Jeans

Leggy Lady – You may need more than a shred of confidence to rock these skin-baring jeans, but once on? You don’t get any more badass than this. Frayed slits going all the way down the leg(s) provide peek-a-boos of skin that are the epitome of rock-and-roll glam, proving that even with pants on you can show off those stems.

Bleach Bunny

1. Distressed Bleached High-Waisted Jeans, 2. Holey Cow Bleached Jeans

Bleach Bunny – You may have had some unfortunate run-ins with bleach before, but we think it’s high time you washed those blues away (pun totally intended). Bleach washing, spotting, and staining add an organic, painting-like aesthetic and are the perfect partner to some light-to-medium distressing.

Meet Your Patch

1. Destroyed Acid Wash Jeans, 2. Spotted It Distressed Jeans

Meet Your Patch –  Play the patch game with printed lining, which adds punches of pattern and color and thus visual interest to otherwise monochromatic jeans. The mixed-media result is fashion-forward, unique, and an awesome alternative to jeans with an allover print.

Hole Lotta Leg

1. Hole Wide World Netted Jeans, 2. Hole Lotta Leg Acid Washed Jeans

Hole Lotta Leg – And finally, if reading all of the above you thought, “Patches? Light distressing? How ’bout some real destruction?” let us present you with the hole shebang. Whether you’re showing skin or peeks of it through mesh netting, the heavy demolition and sex appeal in these skinny jeans is sure to destroy the competition.

Shop distressed denim at GoJane.com!

What’s your favorite distressed denim style? We wanna know…

How to: Bleached Tie-Dye Jeans

So your absolute favorite jeans finally wore through the knee and got a mustard stain on them. Devastating, we know. But rather than toss them aside and mourn their loss, give your trusty jeans new life! Tie-dying jeans with bleach is a cinch, and it won’t even cost you a penny. You’ll likely have most of the supplies just sitting around your house. Bleach dying jeans also doesn’t have to be limited to worn out jeans. It’s perfect for jeans with a simple wash that just need a little more character. And the best part about this DIY is that no two pair will look alike! So pull out some grubby clothes you don’t mind getting messy, and get ready to get your craft on.

Our Finished Look.

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Here’s what you’ll need: Jeans, rubber or plastic gloves, a plastic bucket, rubber bands, bleach, and water/sink

Make knots in the jeans with the rubber bands. There is really no wrong way to do this, just use as many as you want. The thicker the rubber bands, the heavier the dark spots. If you want sparse spots, use less rubber bands. It’s up to you!

Place rubber bands all the way around your denim ball so it doesn’t open up during its bath.

Rinse your denim ball so it’s thoroughly wet. Then pour 50/50 bleach and water into a bucket.

Gently place your jeans into the bucket. If they aren’t covered, either pour in more water/bleach or rotate every few minutes.

Let jeans sit for 20-60 minutes depending on the thickness of the denim and the desired color. The longer you leave them, the lighter they’ll get.

Tip: Don’t leave jeans soaking for too long or the bleach will start to eat away at the fabric. Just keep an eye on them!

When jeans have lightened up sufficiently, rinse them out and remove the rubber bands.

Note: Jeans will also get lighter as they dry.

Ring out excess water, and let jeans hang to dry. You can make this process shorter by tossing them in the dryer after they’ve sat for a little while.

Pair you new jeans with you favorite kicks, and wear them everywhere!

Have you ever tried a makeover on your favorite jeans?

P.S. You can find the jeans we used for this DIY on the GoJane site.

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