Distressed Denim and Overcoats

Wearing distressed denim: a short guide

Words by Billy George
Photos by Arch Drakos

It's long been said, by many great people before us, that girls go for the bad boys. It's a constant saying. I hear it all the time. Now, obviously it's bending a bit of the truth, but in my opinion, it branches off an individual's want for adventure. A bad boy, by nature, is constantly seeking that next thrill with little or no regard for anything or anyone else. If you're anything like me, this is far from what you'd want to portray yourself. Of course, we're all a little adventurous but we're also creatures of habit. 

Ripped jeans, distressed denim or as the old folks like to say, "did you buy those jeans with the holes in them?". This year's street style is going through it's badass 'leave me the f**k alone' teenager phase. From the streets of New Yorks high-fashion shows to the world of bloggers. It's fast become a trend; and I'm glad for it! 

Do you want to know the secret of the best pair of distressed denim you could get? Would you kill me if I told you they're probably already in your wardrobe?

The wear and tear you put through your very own pair of jeans is extremely important. It's also something that takes a long while to get right but you can also help it along.

Billy George's guide to the perfect pair of distressed Jeans.

Before we get stuck into this little guide, I want to tell you that this is not something you can whip up over night when you're bored, sitting in front of the TV while looking for something to keep your hands busy. You can get a certain look to doing it quickly like that, but I like that look time gives denim. 

Start with buying a pair of raw denim. This can cost a bit of money, but it's a worth while investment! Trust me! You'll know exactly the fit of jeans and the fade of denim you're after. Take some time, do some research and pick that perfect pair. I find that the cheaper grade denim doesn't fray too well, and make sure you don't grab a pair of wax coated denim. 

Now that you've got that perfect fit for your body, next you'll need to wear them in. Overtime, denim will mould to your body and movements. With three to four wears a week, you'll start seeing certain areas thin out more based on what you do. Mine tend to wear a lot on the front knees, thinned out behind the knee and general tears around all the pockets. 

Cool, so you're a few months in, well, lets help it along! Grab a razor blade and some sand paper and get ready for a messy affair. Grab the old bit of sand paper your probably found lying around the house and lightly help along the areas you want to distress. This will fade away the colour of the denim and make it easier to slice along. Make sure you help along the tears along your pocket lines, a bit on the butt and around the belt area. Oh! and lets not forget by the heel. 

Don't worry, you won't need to be perfect. Grab your razor and pick the spots you want to tear. Cut horizontally for how ever wide you want every centimetre. Now with your hands, pick away the threads, but don't cut them! The denim fibres will start fluffing up and falling off. Use the sand paper at times to help it along and pul threads along the sides. 

You'll need to play along with it. It's all up to you how much you want to distress it up. My only tip is not to go too overboard. Do a bit one night, then wear it in and go with the flow!

Happy Distressing!

What I Wore:

G-Star denim and trench coat
Uniqlo Knit
Michael Kors Watch
Double U Frenk Rings
Comme des Garçons x Converse Sneakers

Billy Georgopoulos