Do a distressed denim DIY

Do a distressed denim DIY

Denim is a garment that’s all about individuality. Every day that we wear them, they change: telling the story about what we do in them and who we are. It’s why people are so fiercely committed to their favorite pair, wearing them until they practically disintegrate on their bodies.  For people who want a truly unique look but don’t want to wait years and years, denim distressing is something you can do at home with just a few simple tools and tricks.

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Know Your Starting Material:
The type of denim you start with will ultimately affect how it wears over time. Denim can be anywhere from 6 ounces (per square yard) in weight up to 20+ ounces. The heavier the denim, the more resilient it will be to wear and tear. It’s important to know where your denim falls in the spectrum, since the weight and amount of distressing you do will greatly affect how long your pair of jeans will last.

Tools of the Trade:
Because how denim wears is such a part of our love affair with blue jeans, brands purposely fade and age their denim to give it a vintage, worn look. For your distressing project, all you need are some items found around the house.

Sandpaper (preferably 220 grit or higher): For light distressing and breaking down the denim fabric.
Single-edge razor blade: For ‘scraping’ away surface threads and cutting seams.
Scissors: For full-on hole making.
Block of wood or deck of cards: As a backing to ensure an even surface and that you only distress one layer at a time.
Bleach: Only for the bold. Make sure to place cardboard under the affected surface to avoid bleeding.

Know Your Natural Wear:
When distressing denim, it’s important to work horizontally across the fabric, since that will break down the ‘warp’ threads and leave the ‘weft’ (vertical threads) intact. Distress the appropriate areas for a look that’s authentic for you.

The Knees: Work horizontally with light sandpaper to preserve the weft fibers if you don’t want a full-on hole. Or go at it with scissors for a blown-out rock ‘n roll look.
Back Pockets: To imitate ‘wallet wear’, take a deck of cards or block of wood and place it in the pocket before sanding.
Upper Thighs and Backs of Knees: This is where ‘whiskering’ occurs because of how the denim folds and creases. To re-create this look, you’ll have to lightly sand the jeans while wearing them to ensure the right look.
Side Seams: This is an area where ‘less is more’, because they’re a key structural component of jeans. Lightly sandpaper side seam from the knee up for an authentic look, but be careful not to go too far or your jeans will fall apart on you.

Washing:
Though many people may not think about it, how you wash your denim can affect how it looks in a big way. Ultimately, a rule of thumb for increasing the life of your jeans is to wash them once a month or less.
To lock in the color of your denim, add one cup of white vinegar and a quarter cup of salt to the wash and follow the wash label instructions.

Drying Your Denim:
Since it’s made from cotton, how you dry your denim can greatly affect how it will fit you over multiple washes.

Outdoor Drying: This is a general no-no, since exposure to the sun will weaken the denim fibers and also ‘bleach’ your jeans over time.
Air-Drying: When air-drying, lay the jeans flat. Since denim gets quite heavy when wet, hanging the jeans will result in stretching, ruining the fit.
On-Body Drying: Purist swear by wearing your denim wet and letting it dry on your body, claiming that it’s the only way to get truly form-fitting jeans.
Machine Drying: While this is okay for pre-shrunk denim, higher-end raw denim should never see the inside of a dryer, since it’s prone to shrinking up to 10%.

Avoiding the Wash:
If you’re going to go hardcore and avoid washing your jeans for months on end, it’s important to give them a break every now and then. Though the concept of a ‘freezer’ wash – putting your jeans in the freezer to kill odor-causing bacteria – is popular, scientists have proven that it doesn’t work. The best option? For every few days you wear them, let them hang in a well-ventilated closet for a day to allow odor-causing elements to disperse.

No Matter What, It’s Going to Take Time:
With all denim distressing, the old adage ‘less is more’ is worth noting. Even though you may want blown-out holes or intense shredding on your jeans, those things will occur through natural wear; all you want to do is get the process started. Go too far with your distressing and the denim won’t last. The best elements that go into making a pair of jeans uniquely ‘you’ come with time and patience.

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http://dfw.cbslocal.com/top-lists/ask-a-dfw-expert-how-to-distress-your-jeans/

http://jeans.about.com/od/Jeans101/tp/The-Ultimate-Guide-To-How-To-Wash-Your-Jeans.htm

http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/22/opinion/robbins-you-should-wash-your-jeans/

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Fall Bottoms 4 Ways: #OOTD for Class

When you’re running out the door and need an outfit that’s comfy AND cute, reach for this no-fuss style from our fit and style expert, Jenny Altman. You won’t be hitting the snooze button on your style with the bold colors in our Printed Hi-Rise Leggings. They’re an unexpected alternative to your basic pair. And let’s face it, you can only wear a stretched-out hoodie and the same boring black leggings to class a few times before people start to notice (we’re all guilty!).

Check out Jenny’s tips below for looking pulled-together when you really just rolled out of bed.

 

We give this look an A+ for style! For more of Jenny’s tips on wearing and pairing our new Aerie bottoms, check out her Lazy Sunday styled look!

Xoxo,

Aerie

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How To: Throw A Girls’ Night In

Ok ladies, let’s get REAL. Whether your plans fell through or you just need to unwind, there are few better things in life than an epic girl’s night in. Yes, we said it. We’re talking mani/pedis, movies, popcorn, sweet treats – the whole deal. And, since we’re Aerie, some super cute sleep attire – duh. Whether you’re the girl that loves delicate lace and pastels or the girl that goes for comfort above all, we have something for everyone.

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Our Henley Tanks and Softest Sleep Tanks are the perfect mix of style and comfort. Made with a soft cotton blend, they’re a must-have for lounging with your BFFs and catching up on the latest gossip – did you hear Naya Rivera just got married? No way! Yes, way.

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Looking for something delicate to wear under your tank? We’ve got you covered (yes, pun intended!). Our Softest Modal Bralette and Mini Boybrief make the perfect team and will have you feeling oh-so sweet with their lace and bow details.

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If you’re the girl with ultimate comfort on her mind, our boxers are the way to go. Pair with our Hide & Peek Plunge Bralette and Softest Sleep Tanks to settle in for a night of rom coms and carb overload. Honestly, what’s not to love?

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Need a little something extra to complete that perfect girl’s night in outfit? We’ve got that, too. Finish off your look with one of our Softest Sleep Robes – essential for any Nicholas Sparks marathon.

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And what would any girls’ night in be without mani/pedis? Grab your favorite Aerie polish and get started on those nail DIYs you’ve been dying to try. Chevron, watermelon and cheetah print, oh my! xo

 

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Friends & Family: Jenni Radosevich from I Spy DIY

You may have seen some of our amazing collaborations with DIY superstar Jenni Radosevich including our Embroidered Graphic Tank Top and Neon Gem Sandals. Read on to learn more about one of our favorite blogger contributors, Jenni!

Jenni from I Spy DIY.

Jenni from I Spy DIY.

How did you discover your love of crafting?
I have always been a crafty girl and growing up in Wisconsin I always created my own style: thrifting clothes, making friendship bracelets and covering everything I owned with tie dye and puffy paint (I was not afraid of multiple pops of color). When I moved to New York on a tight budget, I continued to make the trends I was seeing in magazines and on the runway. I got a great response from my coworkers at InStyle, which lead to a story in the mag, then a column, and then a book, I Spy DIY Style and ISpyDIY.com.

The I Spy DIY studio.

The I Spy DIY studio.

What’s next for I Spy DIY?
I am jazzed to be partnering up with Darby Smart to release new DIY kits every other week for the next year! I think its a great way to evolve the DIY tutorial so readers can get the same material I am working with. I am also teaching Craft Classes in I Spy DIY Studio, which I such a cool way to get off the computer and make cool stuff with rad people in real life.

Jenni's Darby Smart Kit.

Jenni’s Darby Smart Kit.

What is the most difficult part of running your own business?
There are a ton of fun things about having a crafty job, but I think the most difficult is the pace of websites and making sure that you are constantly coming up with new projects and inspiration for others. I also think social media has become an untamed beast. People are forgetting to unplug and enjoy life instead of just Instagramming about it.

Jenni's DIY Pineapple Pillow.

Jenni’s DIY Pineapple Pillow.

What is the most rewarding part of I Spy DIY?
I LOVE seeing readers make my projects, it still amazes be that people read about my projects and are inspired to create them. It’s pretty cool. If you make one, make sure to tag me on Insta (@ispydiy), I want to see it!

Jenni modeling her DIY Ribbon Necklace.

Jenni modeling her DIY Ribbon Necklace.

What is your all-time favorite DIY project?
Ohhhh, If I had to pick just one it would be my chain and rhinestone wrapped bracelet. It was one of my first jewelry projects, and it came out when wearing a stack of bracelets was the must thing to do, so it really took off on the internet and put me on the map as a DIYer.

One of Jenni's favorite projects, her Chain and Rhinestone Wrapped Bracelet.

One of Jenni’s favorite projects, her Chain and Rhinestone Wrapped Bracelet.

What’s currently on repeat on your playlist?
I am OBSESSED with Sam Smith. Obsessed. I listen to “Latch” approximately 47 times everyday. It is my instant mood lifter. That man can sing!

Where do you find your inspiration?
Everywhere! I love Pinterest. I love window shopping for ideas. I am a magazine connoisseur. Once you change your mentality for buying to DIYing, you find inspiration all over the place.

Jenni's DIY bracelets and phone case.

Jenni’s DIY bracelets and phone case.

What is your favorite fit of AEO Jeans?
I have been searching for great pair of Boyfriend jeans and AEO nailed theirs. Great fit and great distressing… stay tuned for an amped up version soon.

Jenni's customized Thick Strap Sandal with our jeans.

Jenni’s customized Thick Strap Sandal with our jeans.

What is your best DIY tip?
Start with a simple project, like a bracelet. Once you experience the excitement of making something, the instant gratification of wearing it, the compliments, and being able to say you did it yourself, you will be hooked.

Once you start crafting, you'll be hooked!

Once you start crafting, you’ll be hooked!

What’s always in your purse and why?
I switch purses so often I am lucky to get out of the house with the essentials! Keys, wallet and iPhone always make the transition from bag to bag, and if it’s a good day, there will be some powder and a pen in the new bag. And lipstick, I also have between 5-7 lipsticks in everybag… but never the color I want. My DIYed phone charger is always handy, and my Frend’s headphones are usually slung over the strap.

Jenni's DIY Phone Cord.

Jenni’s DIY Phone Cord.

What’s next on your life to-do list?
More travel! San Fran, Mexico and Abu Dhabi are all on the list.

Jenni in Mexico on vacation.

Jenni in Mexico on vacation.

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Bra Wear & Care Quick Tips with Jenny Altman

We’re sure we’re not the only ones who have wondered – how do I wear and care for my Aerie bras to keep them feeling like new? At Aerie HQ, we had a sneaking suspicion we weren’t doing it quite right, but weren’t sure who to ask.

Luckily, our Aerie style and fit expert, Jenny Altman, is here to clear up the confusion! Watch her quick guide below to learn when to replace a bra, quick tips for washing, storing and wearing (hint…the dryer is bra suicide!), and other insider tricks from her arsenal.

For even more on wearing and caring for your favorite Aerie bras, check out our newest, 15-second Quick Tip from Jenny on Instagram! Okay, okay, Jenny, we promise..no more putting our bras in the dryer!

Have more questions for Jenny? You can always ask your questions @Aerie on Twitter with #AskJenny! We’ll be answering your questions with more quick tips to come on the blog and Instagram!

Xoxo,

Aerie

 

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Real Talk with Jenny Altman – The Spring Dress Dilemma

Real Talk with Jenny Altman – The Spring Dress Dilemma

With spring just around the corner, we have received a few questions about which of our bras work best for your spring dresses. Whether you are packing for a vacation or need a great go-to for a date night out, Jenny Altman, Aerie’s style and fit expert, has the best picks for any occasion.   

“The answer to making Spring Break packing a breeze is by packing items that multi-task. I love bras that do double (or triple) duty! These are serious investment pieces that don’t cost a lot, yet work for so many things! You don’t need to pack a bra for each and every look, so find ones that multi-task.

Strapless dresses need a great strapless bra. The Maddie Multi-way Pushup Bra is a strapless to have in your go-to bra wardrobe. This bra works as a strapless with push up and goes under everything. Smooth cups work under tees and sheer tops. The lace sides and back are also pretty if the bra does show. I also love the plunge front which makes this very versatile, even under low cut tops or dresses. Nude is a must have for everyone, and black is a great secondary color to pack in your bags.”

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Maddie Multi-way Pushup Bra

“For backless dresses, you need a backless, strapless bra and we have the perfect one! The Lace Bare Bra is pretty and super-functional when your basic strapless just won’t do. This bra is a beautiful lace, pushup bra that supports with wire and sticks like you won’t believe. As long as you aren’t wearing powder or lotion near the bra area, this adhesive is amazing and stays up all day. The wings on the side are clear, giving side support, but leaves your back totally bra-less, the solution piece for your backless dresses or serious low-back tops.”

Real Talk with Jenny Altman - The Spring Dress Dilemma

Lace Bare Bra

“Halter dresses and tops work well with strapless bras, but if you need (or prefer) lift and support, a bra with a halter strap is the best option. Our multi-way bras convert from strapless to halter easily and quickly. The Mia Multi-Way Pushup Bra has amazing pushup with removable air pads. The two sets of straps make this plunge front bra very versatile, and convert to a halter style to match up to your halter neckline.”

Real Talk with Jenny Altman - The Spring Dress Dilemma

Mia Multi-way Pushup Bra

“One shoulder dresses can also work well with a great strapless, but a bra that has the one shoulder option is a life-saver when you want bra security. A multi way that turns from strapless into one shoulder (whether you need the left shoulder strap or right) is a must-have. I love the Audrey Multi-way Lightly Lined Bra. It offers lightly lined coverage with great support and the bonus of a rubber-lined back for extra stay up.”

Real Talk with Jenny Altman - The Spring Dress Dilemma

Audrey Lightly Lined Multi-way Bra

Every bra offers it’s own unique fit and style and serve as the perfect go-to bra for you! Try your favorite at your local Aerie store or shop online at Aerie.com with our free shipping and free returns on all bras guarantee.  

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