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.



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!


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.



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!


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.


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.


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).


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

Bright Pink Power Smoothie

We’re so proud to celebrate our 7th year partnering with Bright Pink®, a non-profit dedicated to prevention of breast and ovarian cancer. Take advantage of their life-saving resources to get smart about your health, like their Assess Your Risk quiz and monthly breast health reminders. Another easy way to take care of your body? Treat it to this smoothie! Not only is it yummy, but it also packs in several cancer fighting foods such as kale, blueberries, strawberries and flax seeds.



  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/3 cup blueberries
  • 1/3 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup kale leaves (remove the hard parts of the stalks)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk or water
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1 tablespoon hemp powder
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon acai
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Place all of the ingredients into a large blender.
  2. Pulse until consistency is smooth & ingredients are well blended.
  3. Pour into a tall glass & ENJOY!


BONUS TIP: Line the rim of your glass with maple syrup, then cover the top with brown sugar & pumpkin pie spice for an extra boost of fall flavor.

Keep an eye out for more tips from Bright Pink, and comment below and tell us how you’re taking charge of your health.

1 Flannel, 3 Ways: How To Style Fall’s Essential Shirt

At the first sign of Fall, we’re always reaching for a flannel. The flannel is Fall’s most essential shirt, a style we come back to year after year – it’s a cold weather staple that’s versatile and always on-trend. The great thing about flannels is their ability to shift purpose based on the style you’re going for. They can be the base of your look or act as an accessory to an outfit, just by switching up a few key details. Because of that, you can get tons of wear out of just one flannel. Our head stylist, Laura, pulled together three distinct looks each incorporating the same flannel in a different way to help you up your plaid game this season.

In this outfit, your flannel acts as the base which the look is built on. To give the outfit just the right amount of edge, pair your flannel with eye-catching over-the-knee boots and a black wrap mini skirt. To soften the look, throw a mock neck sweater over your flannel.

STYLE TIPS: leave the collar of the flannel under the neck of the sweater to keep the look clean; push the sleeves of the sweater up so the flannel peeks out; choose a sweater in a neutral color that matches back to one of the shades in your flannel.

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SHOP IT: Western Boyfriend Shirt | Ahhhmazingly Soft Mock Neck Sweater | Corduroy Wrap Skirt Over-The-Knee Slouchy Boot

This 90s-inspired look is one we can’t get enough of. Throw it back to a different era by tying your flannel around your waist. Keep the rest of the look monochrome to make the flannel really pop! Pairing the flannel with hi-rise destructed jeggings, a cropped, tie-front shirt, and buckled ankle booties will take your grunge look to new heights.

STYLE TIPS: make sure the flannel and the top are similarly colored to tie the look together; pair hi-rise jeggings with the flannel around your waist, as the jeans at a spot just a bit higher than where the flannel sits.

1 Flannel, 3 Ways: How To Style Fall's Essential Shirt

SHOP IT: Western Boyfriend Shirt | First Essentials Knot Tank | Denim X4 Hi-Rise Jegging | Buckled Heel Boot

In this look, we’re using the flannel as a top layer and accent piece. Here, we’re throwing the flannel over a slip dress and white tee, and adding a surprise element to the look by mixing prints in the dress and flannel. Plus, this little trick will make it look like your look took hours to plan! Finish the outfit off with tan ankle booties for an effortless feel.

STYLE TIP: Be sure your mixed prints share at least one similar color but ideally two or more; keep the tee under your slip dress a neutral white so the look isn’t overwhelming.

1 Flannel, 3 Ways: How To Style Fall's Essential Shirt

SHOP IT: Western Boyfriend Shirt | Seamed Floral Dress | Soft & Sexy Swing T-Shirt | Suede Slouchy Boot

Show us how you’re wearing your flannels & plaids this season using #AEOSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery.

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How To: Care For Your Bras

Your bra? Your BFF (best fit forever)! They support you, so make sure you do the same for them. Read on for our most important care tips to keep your bras at their best.

Sticking with the same bra every day not only gets boring, but it wears on your bras, too. Rotate between bras regularly to help preserve their elasticity.

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How To Style The Mock Neck Cutout Shoulder Dress With Wait, You Need This

It’s all in the details, especially when it comes to dresses. From modern, hi-necklines to strappy cutouts, there’s a dress to fit your personal #AEOSTYLE. One dress that has it all is the Mock Neck Cutout Shoulder Dress – this style features a bold print, mock neck, bell sleeves and cutout shoulders (basically, every detail wrapped in one!). Blogger Janelle Lloyd from Wait, You Need This took this dress to another level by adding an on-trend bandana around the neck and pairing it with super high over-the-knee boots. Keep reading to see Janelle’s full look & discover the inspiration behind her outfit, and if you love her #AEOSTYLE, make sure to check out her last post with us styling the Tomgirl Jean!

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Meet Janelle:
“I’m Janelle, New York City dweller and blogger behind Wait, You Need This. I love trying out new fashion trends, decorating spaces, traveling to new places and inspiring others to do the same on my blog and Instagram (@waityouneedthis).”

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What Inspired Janelle’s Look:
“The long sleeve and cut out shoulder make this dress an ideal piece for transitioning into the new season. With fall in the air, I couldn’t wait to pull out my favorite statement boots for a seventies-inspired look. I also like to subtly mix prints on occasion, and thought a bandana was an on-trend way to do just that.”

How To Style The Mock Neck Cutout Shoulder Dress With Wait, You Need This

Shop the Look: Mock Neck Cutout Shoulder Dress | BandanaOver-The-Knee Slouchy Boot

Show us how you’d style the Mock Neck Cutout Shoulder Dress using #AEOSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery.

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Chill. Play. Move. with Plants and Planks

Mickey from Plants and Planks proves that our NEW collection of sports bras and leggings are both stylish and functional.

Whether you’re into Namaste-all-day or high impact werk outs, Chill. Play. Move. has powerful prints and dynamic details that work for every body.

Chill. Play. Move. with Plants and Planks “Between work and working out, I’m always searching for outfits that can seamlessly transition to both! With pieces by Aerie, I’ve never had to try hard to create a gorgeous look that keeps me feeling comfortable and looking great in the office, at the gym, and all those moment in between. With all the struggles in life, it’s so wonderful to be able to count on a brand that encourages you to be your best. I feel like myself in Aerie.”

Chill. Play. Move. with Plants and Planks Shop Mickey’s Look: Move Zip-Front Sports Bra | Move Legging

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