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DIY Denim Trends


Denim is something we use all year round and it never goes out of style. But, if you do find yourself bored with the pieces you have, you can always upcycle your clothes and turn it into something trendy! 

90s Style - Patches!

Patches have made a comeback and they are so easy to add to your clothes because you literally just iron them on. Remember to place a protective cloth over the patch before ironing so that you do not burn your denim or patch. I found that ironing with high heat worked best in melting the glue. You might need to go over the patch a few times, especially at the edges to ensure that it is secure. An easy way to check for gaps between the patches and denim is to trace the outline of your patch with your fingernail. 

Statement Jackets


Jackets with phrases on the back is something that is super trendy right now. If you are on a budget, you could easily DIY one with a bit of patience and fabric paint. 

I've made a California stencil based off Brandy Melville's cali jackets so just click the image to open the full sized one, drag it onto a word document and print it out.


Using an exacto cutter, trace and cut out the outline of the stencil. Then, flip it over and put some glue. Use a weak bond glue so because you will need to remove it later on. It would be ideal if you could stick the stencil down such that there are no gaps so that the paint doesn't leak when you are sponging it on. I used a makeup sponge to apply the paint and went over it 2-3 times for a more opaque color. 

Leave it to dry for awhile before peeling it off and I don't think you should iron denim so I left the paint to dry for another 2 days before using the jacket. You could place a protective cloth over the words once they are dry to iron and set the paint in but leaving it to dry for a few days works as well. Plus, you don't wash jackets as often as you do with shirts.

Ripped Jeans

Ripped jeans have been around for awhile and they look like they will be staying for more! A good pair of ripped jeans definitely is not easy on the wallet but you can grab some inspo off google and tumblr to make your own! 

Knee slits are always nice and that just involves slicing the knees of your jeans. You can cut the slits in holes instead if you want the slits to show up more. Otherwise, cut some slits and holes in your jeans and pull out the blue threads to give your jeans a distressed look. 

It is definitely a tedious process which is probably why ripped jeans are so expensive in the first place. If you have sandpaper or a grater lying around, those would be great to give your jeans a nice ripped and distressed look too.

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