It really is crazy that current fashion trends demand something that our grannies would have considered bonkers in their era.
Even some mothers probably wouldn’t understand that what appears to be no more than tantamount to ruining a good pair of jeans by ripping them, is in fact highly fashionable and more to the point, what we want.
But its not just ripping them in any old way is it? That would be too easy and to be honest, just not look right.
First off, the pair of sacrificial jeans need to be carefully distressed first, then they can be attacked and fashioned into something really really sexy, baring, well, whatever you chose to bare.
New jeans are out of course. They simply will not do, the denim material not being supple enough for the required mutilation. Very well worn, washed many, many times jeans tick all the boxes and are an absolute must.
The reasoning being that the strength and hardness of the denim material will have been broken down by the countless washing and drying processes, making the jeans far easier to distress and of course tear.
If you can, don’t resort to cutting with a knife or scissors, because this looks exactly as if they’ve been cut and you’re after ripping them, because that looks sexier.
Perfectly distressed jeans, washed and washed and washed, will tear with a strongish pair of hands. Applying wire wool or sandpaper to the area you want to rip is worth a shot, and then voila, DIY perfectly ripped jeans.