DIY Super Distressed Denim with I SPY DIY

Hi everyone! It’s Jenni from I Spy DIY. I’m back with the third part of my series of DIY projects all around denim this Back to School season. This project is super distressed denim, which I did with a pair of shorts but you can do with your favorite denim as well.

Photo credit: Jessica Kaminski.

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What you need:
Boyfriend Jean Shorts
Box cutter
Sandpaper
Tweezers

Supplies

What to do: 

Step One: First, slice the front of your shorts in horizontal parallel lines.

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Step Two: Rub your sandpaper over the cuts to loosen the threads.
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Step Three: Pull out the individual blue vertical threads with your tweezer to reveal the white threads. The first one can be difficult, but once you start, it’s super easy!
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Step Four: Next, lightly make a bunch of cuts in one area.
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Step Five: Rub with sandpaper to get a worn-in look.
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Step Six: Finally, cut off the bottom hem and pull strings to loosen.
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Step Seven: Wash your jeans to make them look more distressed. The more you wash, the better they look!
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Get Jenni’s look:
Boyfriend Denim Shorts
Cotton Blazer (similar)
Splatter Striped T-Shirt (similar)

Have you made an awesome DIY project with your favorite American Eagle Outfitters piece? Show us with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your project on our AE.com Style Gallery or our blog! Be sure to tag @ispydiy so I see your project, too!

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#AEOSTYLE Challenge Denim Edition: Original Boot

We believe in one-of-a-kind fits, not one size fits all. We put our blood, sweat and tears into designing the best fits, the latest washes and sizes designed for everybody.

Jamal from Style Society Guy styled our Original Boot Jean.

What inspired Jamal’s look:
Like most people, fall is my favorite season. It’s the season of ultimate versatility when it comes to clothing options. The best part? You can still wear some of your favorites from the summer; just pair them differently. This ikat shirt was perfect for the summer but as it gets chilly I can throw on this orange varsity jacket and roll up the sleeves.

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Meet Jamal:
Jamal is a menswear blogger who lives in Brooklyn, New York. A lifelong runner, he recently picked up tennis. When he’s not working on his blog, Style Society Guy, he’s hanging out with friends or trying new restaurants.

Get Jamal’s look:
Original Boot Jean
Tipped Varsity Jacket
New Balance Ballistic 501 Sneaker
Fun Sock

We want to see your look in our Original Boot Jeans. Tag your photo with #AEOSTYLE and #AEOJEANS for the chance to be featured on our blog, Tumblr or AE.com style gallery.

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#AEOSTYLE Challenge Denim Edition: Vintage Boot

We believe in one-of-a-kind fits, not one size fits all. We put our blood, sweat and tears into designing the best fits, the latest washes and sizes designed for everybody.

One of our favorite fashion bloggers, Cara from A Fashion Love Affair, is inspiring us with her look in our Vintage Boot Jean.

What inspired Cara’s look:
Wide leg jeans are back ladies and gentlemen, and I am so excited about it!

My favorite way to style wide leg jeans is by tucking in my top – it offsets the volume of the jeans and is instantly flattering. Pairing denim with denim is effortlessly cool, and adding big shades and gold accents dresses up the look to make it city -ready.

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Meet Cara:
A Fashion Love Affair started in 2011 as a place for Cara to share her inspirations and love for fashion, travel and everything in between. Chronicling her daily life and style has taken Cara on a journey from fashion enthusiast to industry professional, working as FLARE Magazine’s Localist-At-Large and freelancing in styling and social media consulting.

Get Cara’s look:
Vintage Boot Jean
Chambray Shirt
Stacked Spike Necklace
Turquoise Ring Set
Rose Gold Star & Moon Ring Set

Show us how you live your life in our Vintage Boot Jean. Tag your photo with #AEOSTYLE and #AEOJEANS for the chance to be featured on our blog, Tumblr or AE.com style gallery.

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#AEOSTYLE Challenge Denim Edition: Kick Boot

We believe in one-of-a-kind fits, not one size fits all. We put our blood, sweat and tears into designing the best fits, the latest washes and sizes designed for everybody.

Kate from O My Heart styled our Kick Boot Jean. Vintage inspired. Flawlessly refined. A fresh, modern take on the original bootcut jean.

What inspired Kate’s look:
It’s been a long time since I’ve worn anything but skinny jeans so this Kick Boot Jean really took me out of my element! I decided to keep pushing my comfort zone and ended up with this edgy-meets-boho look!

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Meet Kate:
Kate is the blogger behind O My Heart, a personal style blog focusing primarily on outfit photos, favorite trends and current shopping cravings. She hails from Atlantic Canada and has a big love for oversized gold jewelry, kindness and freshly painted nails.

Get Kate’s look:
Kick Boot Jean
Mixed Lace Tank
Draping Contrast Sleeve Jacket
Open Side Flat
Chunky Chain Link Necklace

Show us how you live your life in our Kick Boot Jean. Tag your photo with #AEOSTYLE and #AEOJEANS for the chance to be featured on our blog, Tumblr or AE.com style gallery.

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#AEOSTYLE Challenge Denim Edition: Loose

We believe in one-of-a-kind fits, not one size fits all. We put our blood, sweat and tears into designing the best fits, the latest washes and sizes designed for everybody.

Saul from Trend Styled recently wore our Loose Jean for a laid-back summer weekend look. It’s our newest jean — loose, relaxed and ready for anything.

What inspired Saul’s look:
Weekends are all about relaxing… and there’s nothing more laid back than a baggy pair of denim and a t-shirt. I love a good light wash on my denim during the summer and you can never go wrong with a denim shirt like this AEO Denim Western shirt (usually found wrapped around my waist) in my summer shirting arsenal.

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Meet Saul:
Saul Carrasco is a stylist and fashion, grooming, and travel blogger currently based in New York City. 

Get Saul’s look:
Loose Jean
Denim Western Shirt
Photo Real T-Shirt
Leather Strap Watch
Canvas Sneaker

Show us how you style your Loose Jean. Tag your photo with #AEOSTYLE and #AEOJEANS for the chance to be featured on our blog, Tumblr or AE.com style gallery.

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#AEOStyle Bloggers and Editors Love

This week, American Eagle Outfitters has been making its mark in magazines, websites and more. From Cosmopolitan to Shape Magazine, check out some of our favorite AEO features from the week!

Looking for a Moto Jacket under $100? Refinery 29 posted about our Vegan Leather Moto Jacket.

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Shop the look:
Vegan Leather Moto Jacket

As seen on TeenVogue.com, don’t go back to school unless you have seriously cool #AEOStyle.

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Shop the look: 
Sky-High Jegging
Slouchy Marled Beanie
Don’t Ask Why Cropped T-Shirt
Tipped V-Neck Sweater
Lightweight Varsity Jacket

Cosmopolitan dishes out the 12 Best Things About Wearing Jeans 24/7.

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Shop the look:
Overall
Lightweight Varsity Jacket
Rugged Lace Front Boot
Open Side Flat
Mock Neck Kate Dress (shop similar)

 

Vanity Fair features Jane Herman Bishop and Florence Kane from Jean Stories wearing our Boy Jean Crop.

EDITORS LOVE

Shop the look: 
Boy Jean Crop

Cosmopolitan Magazine features our Tipped V-Neck Sweater in “Fun, Fearless Finds Under $50.”

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Shop the look: 
Tipped V-Neck Sweater

Shape Magazine featured our Chambray Shirt in their September 2014 Issue.

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Shop the look: 
Chambray Shirt 

Be sure to tell us your favorite feature in the comments below!

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