DIY: Distressed T-Shirt and Jeans

Every piece of clothing you wear has a story. It holds memories of that awesome concert you went to or that road trip you took. It reminds you of where you’ve been, and all the cool things you’ve done.

Your favorite piece of clothing not only instills a sense of confidence and comfort, it also projects your individuality. When it comes to your style, you should never have to settle, which is why we’re going to show you how to distress your tees and jeans so you can make them as unique as you are.

Click the images below for tutorials on how to create a distressed tee, cutout tee, or distressed jeans.

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HOW TO MAKE A DISTRESSED T-SHIRT

Distressed tees have that worn-in, laid-back feel. They’re casual, yet edgy. For an understated look create small holes, or go bold with large gashes and bleach. You can get both looks with items you have lying around the house —  a razor, scissors, sandpaper, a cheese grater, cardboard, and bleach.

Each of the methods are simple. Just make sure to put a piece of cardboard inside the t-shirt of your choice before you start distressing to prevent you from cutting through both sides of the tee!

CHEESE GRATER

The cheese grater is harder to control than other tools, but produces holes with interesting frayed edges. To get this look, hold the fabric taut against the cardboard and grate in all directions. This technique is best if you want a random cluster of holes somewhere on your shirt.

SANDPAPER

The sandpaper is great for the seams and collar. Just rub coarse sandpaper (we used 90 grit) back and forth in all directions where you want your shirt to show a little extra wear.

SCISSORS + PUMICE STONE (OPTIONAL)

Scissors are best for creating large holes. Just snip horizontal lines of varying sizes. For an extra worn look, rub a pumice stone or sandpaper along these cuts.

BLEACH

If you want to make the distressed areas of your tee stand out, use bleach (we used 2 parts water, 1 part bleach) to highlight the holes and cuts in the shirt. You can also use it all over the shirt for a grunge look.

RAZOR

The razor is the tool that gives the most variation, and it is easy to control. The razor you use should be new and sharp. You can drag the razor horizontally to create long slices in the tee similar to the scissors, pull it straight down (holding the fabric taut) for a variety of small holes, or place the fabric on a solid edge (like the corner of a book) for a line of straight holes.


HOW TO CUT A T-SHIRT

It’s easy to get bored of a plain tee. If you want to spice it up, cutouts will do the trick. No sewing needed! We’ve created 7 templates to inspire you to revamp your t-shirts. Just print out the one you like, cut out the template, chalk it on your shirt, and cut out the design.

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HOW TO DISTRESS JEANS

There are countless ways to distress jeans­—large holes, small holes, frayed seams, the list goes on. Whatever look you want to achieve, there are five basic steps you should follow when distressing your jeans.

  1. Choose a pair of jeans. Denim with less stretch works best if you’d like to create traditional frayed at the knees look, as threads without elastic are less likely to snap.
  2. Try on the jeans and mark where you want to distress them with chalk.
  3. Determine which distressing techniques (razor, cheese grater, sandpaper, tweezers) you’d like to use.
  4. Start distressing. Place cardboard in the pant legs to avoid distressing both sides of the jeans.
  5. Wash on cold and wear.

Like with creating a distressed t-shirt, you should have all the tools you need at home!

RAZOR

The razor is best for cutting larger holes out of the jeans and fraying the denim at the pockets and seams. You can create a hole by placing the jeans against a hard surface and cutting away material with the razor, giving the edges of the hole a naturally frayed look. To distress at the pockets and seams, run the razor along each surface.

CHEESE GRATER

The cheese grater is most difficult to work with, but provides interesting texture. For best results, use the side of the cheese grater with small holes. There are two ways to use a cheese grater. The first is to grate the material in all directions until a small hole begins to form. Continue grating until the hole is a desired size. This will also thin the fabric around the hole, giving it a unique, distressed look. The second way is to make small, parallel cuts with your scissors and grate over this area. This will create a cleaner look, similar to sandpaper.

SANDPAPER

The sandpaper is simple to use and makes it easy to target a specific area on the jeans. Just wrap it around your finger and rub in all directions until a hole starts to form. We used coarse sandpaper (90 grit).

SCISSORS AND TWEEZERS

This is the most common method to distress jeans, especially if you want to fray them at the knees. See detailed instructions below.

#AEOGIFTS: Gifts By Price Guide

The Holiday shopping season will be in full swing by the end of the week. While we’re dreaming of snow, hot chocolate and time with friends & family, we also can’t keep our mind off of AEO Great Gifts. Picking out the perfect gift can be difficult, but we’ve made things a little easier for you this year with our #AEOGIFTS: Gifts By Price Guide! From the coziest sweaters for girls to a really chill onesie for guys, we’ve got everything on their wishlists. Our fragrance sets, scarves, socks & slippers are great stocking stuffers that will surprise & delight everyone you’re shopping for. We’ve broken it down for Santa below.

AEO GREAT GIFTS FOR HIM

Gifts By Price

Our $25 & Under gifts will keep him warm on every layer. Festive printed boxers keep the holiday spirit bright, and he’ll stay warm in our beanies and plaid scarves.
Shop Men’s $25 & Under Gifts:

AEO Legend Long Sleeve Henley
AEO Woven Scarf
AEO Cable Beanie
AEO Nice Rack Athletic Trunk

Gifts By Price

The $25-$35 gift category for him is filled with legendary basics and layering pieces. Plus, you’ll find all the coolest accessories, like our leather watch, and fragrance sets that will leave him feeling fresh. 
Shop Men’s $25-$35 Gifts:

AEO Flex Base Layer Tights
AEO Lace Up Sneaker
AEO Winter Woods Gift Set
AEO Brown Leather Watch
AEO Legend Hoodie

Gifts By Price

He’ll be covered top to bottom with our $35-$50 gifts. Flannels in tons of color options & the coziest Men’s slippers top the list.
Shop Men’s $35-$50 Gifts:

AEO Flagstaff Flannel
AEO 1977 Dopp Kit
Woolrich x AEO Baseball Hat
AEO Felted Moccasin

Gifts By Price#AEOGIFTS & chill? Definitely. As the temperatures continue to drop, he’ll be ready in AEO Denim, Baja sweater hoodies & seasonal boots from our $50 & Up category.
Shop Men’s $50 & Up Gifts:

Original Straight Jean
AEO Baja Sweater
AEO Duck Boot
AEO Penguin Onesie

AEO GREAT GIFTS FOR HER

Gifts By Price

We can’t get enough of fuzzy socks, patterned beanies and fringe scarves. Can you blame us? Check out our $25 & Under gifts, which we think she’d love to find in her stocking!
Shop Women’s $25 & Under Gifts:

AEO Crew Socks
AEO Knit Fringe Snood
AEO Patterned Beanie
AEO Rollerball & Lipgloss Duo

Gifts By Price

Our $25-$35 gifts have a great range of gifting options, from bootie slippers to cropped sweaters & textured leggings. 
Shop Women’s $25-$35 Gifts:

AEO Ribbed Hi-Rise Legging
AEO Feather Light Cropped Sweater
AEO Cozy Sweater Boot
AEO Textured Poncho

Gifts By Price

Filled with the trendiest ponchos to our brand new Denim X Cafe & Velvet X options, our $35-$50 gifts are perfect for the girl who loves fashion on your holiday list. 
Shop Women’s $35-$50 Gifts:

AEO Velvet X Jegging
AEO Southwestern Blanket Shawl
AEO Southwestern Cozy Boot
AEO Denim X Cafe Jegging

Gifts By Price

Our $50 & Up gifts set the gifting bar. One of a kind AEO x Woolrich blankets and faux-fur parkas are some of our favorite gifts to give and get. 
Shop Women’s $50 & Up Gifts:

AEO Denim X Cafe Hi-Rise Jegging
AEO Cable Knit Toggle Cardigan
Woolrich Somerton Jacquard Blanket
Eastland Aztec 1955 Fringe Ankle Boot
AEO Long Parka

What #AEOGIFTS will you give this season? Which gifts top your wishlist? Let us know in the comments below, and show us how you style your AEO Great Gifts with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter & Instagram.

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Honoring Our Veterans At AEO

On November 11, we annually memorialize the Veterans who have served in all branches of the military. Today and every day, AEO is grateful for the men and women who have given their time – and their lives – to protect and serve our country. We are proud to work alongside several veterans, who are continuing their post-military careers with us at AEO. Below, we’re introducing you to two of those men: Keith Deisenroth and Jason Reighard.

KEITH DEISENROTH

What is your role at AEO?
Security / Loss Prevention Supervisor at the Hazleton Distribution Center.

In what branch of the military did you serve and for how long?
Retired United States Marine with 17 years of service.

Where were you based during your service?
I’ve been stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA; Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA; Completed a successful tour as a Marine Recruiter working out of Permanent Contact Station Walnutport, PA; Camp Lejeune, NC.

Why did you decide to join the military?
I’d like to quote the Honorable Mr. Ronald Reagan here: “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world, Marines don’t have that problem.” Prior to enlisting into the Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program, I was unsure of what it is I wanted to do with my future, but I felt like I had an obligation to give back to this country, like so many did before.

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Do you have any advice for people who are thinking about serving?
Yes, put 100% effort into everything you do and you will be successful. Mistakes will be made. Learn from those mistakes and pass on that knowledge to others.

Who was your biggest supporter during your service?
My wife, Jamie. We were married in 1997, and she, along with my two children, are my biggest motivation.

Did you learn anything about yourself or the world around you during your service?
Yes, the world is a very unstable place, and you always have to be ready to face the “unknown” or the “unexpected”.

What are your plans for the future?
I’d like to be in a position to fully retire at a decent age in order to spend as much time as possible with my family.

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JASON REIGHARD

What is your role at AEO?
Security & Emergency Management Supervisor, Oversee the corporate initiative to provide safe and secure work environment and ensure the protection of company assets. Maintain physical security of American Eagle Outfitters Ottawa Campus.

In what branch of the military did you serve and for how long?
United States Marine Corps, 5 years

Where were you based during your service?
Bangor, WA & Camp Pendleton, CA

Why did you decide to join the military?
I joined the USMC because it’s a desire I had since I was a little kid. I knew growing up I looked up to the military and knew it was a career path I wanted to choose. Going into my senior year I knew if I was going to join the military it was going to be the Marines. Marines emulated the kind of competitiveness I’ve always had.

Reighard

Do you have any advice for people who are thinking about serving?
It’s a choice that is difficult to make and one at first you might regret, but after getting out of the Marines it’s a choice I wouldn’t change for the world.

Who was your biggest supporter during your service?
My Family.

Did you learn anything about yourself or the world around you during your service?
I learned how great our Country truly is and how blessed our life is in America. The countries I have been to have shown me not to take the small things for granted.

What are your plans for the future?
My plans are to continue to grow my career at AEO.

AEO would like to thank Keith, Jason and the veterans employed by AEO, as well as all veterans across the country, for their service.

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#AEOSTYLE Inspiration: AEO Women’s Team in Delhi, India

Have you ever wondered where we pull our #AEOSTYLE design inspiration from? The answer is… everywhere! Our AEO Women’s team traveled to Delhi, India to explore different prints, patterns & fabrics for our Summer 2016 line. They shared highlights with us from their time in Delhi, and now we get to share their photo diary with you! Check out their work and adventures in the scenic city below.

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Where does your #AEOSTYLE take you? Tell us in the comments below & show us on Instagram and Twitter using #AEOSTYLE.

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Now & Layer: AEO Parkas

We hate to break it to you, but hot temps won’t last forever. When staying warm is high on our list of priorities (think late fall walks and winter adventures), we turn to our collection of parkas. Not to brag, but our parkas are pretty awesome. With just enough weight from polarlite insulation to keep you cozy, but not so much heft that you feel like Randy from A Christmas Story, AEO parkas are perfect for layering. Plus, they have a few key details that will differentiate them from your average winter coat. We want to show you why our parkas are an outerwear staple, so check out our favorite men’s and women’s parkas below.

Women's AEO Parka

AEO Men's Parka

What will you do this season in an AEO Parka? Tell us in the comments below & show us how you style your outerwear by using #AEOSTYLE on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured in our style gallery.

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Labor Day Outfit Guide

With fall right around the corner, Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to debut trends from the upcoming season. Although we’ll miss summer, we’re excited about vintage vibes and heritage prints, so naturally, we had to pull some of our favorite fall pieces like suede clogs and plaid button downs. We love the carefree contrast that shorter summer hemlines bring to these looks. Your only job this weekend? Soak up the last days of summer.

Girls
Stay cool at picnics this weekend in a breezy embroidered peasant dress. Dress up your outfit with suede clogs, one of our favorite shoes from the upcoming season, and add a fringe crossbody bag and stacked necklaces for a boho vibe.

Labor Day Outfit Guide

Shop the Look:
AEO Embroidered Long Sleeve Dress
BC Like Clockwork Clog
Street Level Fringe Crossbody Bag
AEO Beaded Rectangle Necklace

Guys
Show your true colors in a classic plaid button down. Tan shorts and a baseball cap are summer holiday essentials, and sneakers will carry you from lunch around the grill to a pickup volleyball game with friends.

Labor Day Outfit Guide

Shop the Look:
AEO Oxford Plaid Button Down Shirt
AEO 10″ Classic Length Short
New Balance 565 Sneaker
AEO Signature Patch Fitted Baseball Cap

How are you spending your Labor Day? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to show us your end of summer #AEOSTYLE for a chance to be featured on AE.com.

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