“Skies are Grey” DIY Distressed Denim Tutorial

DIY distressed white denim: your favorite pair of white jeans + a kitchen knife, wash and voila!

In my book the more white after Labor Day the better! Who needs all dark fall/winter colors when outside is already plenty grey enough! When skies are grey, we need to step up our game and be the sunshine!

This adorable grey tee with white floral embroidery appliques is from Downeast Basics and a perfect tee for when you feel like matching the pretty grey skies! I love wearing tees but it’s hard to make sure I still look and feel dressed up when wearing them, so this dressed-up tee solves that! These gold and white sandals were only $10 at Kohl’s (though I believe they’re sold out now sorry!) This faux opal necklace is from Charlotte Russe, and this simple white floral crown is from Think Pink Bows!

My macbook clutch actually used to be my grandmother’s clutch. It fits my 13″ macbook air snug as a bug and works as a perfect case or clutch. (And I love it extra because it was hers.) Since I’m not sure where she got it originally, I found two similar clutches you can actually buy here and here.

My rose gold hair was done by my go-to hair stylist in Utah, Emma’s Parlour. Aren’t my rosy ends just perfect! I keep them fresh with Overtone Pink Weekly Treatment that I use twice a week. These fantastic photos were taken by the amazing Diana Putnam Photography!

I DIY distressed my white J Crew jeans this summer. (I found them second hand when somebody was selling them on instagram!) I love the distressed look because they solve the problem for days that are too hot for pants but too cold for shorts by providing ventilation. They also solve the problem of feeling cooped up in jeans by providing a much larger range of bending and mobility for those non-stretchy pairs! Here’s a quick and easy DIY denim destruction tutorial!

DIY distressed white denim: your favorite pair of white jeans + a kitchen knife, wash and voila!

DIY Distressed Denim Tutorial:

You’ll Need:

  • Jeans you don’t mind distressing
  • A serrated kitchen knife (with a jagged edge)
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Pencil

What to do:

  1. Put on your jeans and stand in front of the mirror.
  2. Using the pencil make a small horizontal line where you want your knee-holes to be (some like them above the knee, some at the knee, some just below the knee) Keep in mind your jeans move as you bend over to mark them so make sure you stand up straight again afterward and look at the marks in the mirror.
  3. Take your jeans back off, put on your favorite comfy pants, and lay your jeans out flat on a counter or table.
  4. Cut some cereal boxes or online shopping boxes to about the size of your hand and slide them inside your jeans to the knees (this is to keep you from cutting all the way through both sides of your jeans)
  5. Slide your serrated kitchen knife horizontally (like a saw) along your pencil mark (using scissors as needed) to slice a hole at the knee that goes across nearly the entire front of the pant leg.
  6. You may leave your hole as simply a slit, or you can slice another horizontal line slightly below the first and then use your scissors to connect the slits and remove a rectangle of material from the knee.
  7. Use the serrated knife to distress the areas just above/below the large holes to make them stringy and authenticate the look. You may make other holes as you wish as well. I made one near my front and one near my ankle as well.
  8. Repeat on the other knee.
  9. Throw them in the washer and dryer.
  10. Cuff your jeans by rolling them up a few times and style as you wish!

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White Jeans: J Crew | Grey Tee: Downeast | Necklace: Charlotte Russe (Similar) | Clutch: My Grandma’s (Similar) (Similar) | Sandals: Kohl’s |