When it comes to buying jeans, distressed denim can sometimes serve as the ultimate catch-22. Despite ripped holes, shredded seams, and — cough, cough — less fabric, chances are your heart will still skip a beat when flipping the price tag over. And yet, time and time again, I kept forking over my hard-earned cash because, let's face it, nothing amps up an outfit like beautifully destroyed jeans.
Finally, one day, I realized enough is enough. (Well, that and I was in the midst of a year-long shopping freeze.) The time had come for me to take matters into my own hands and conquer the worn-out look myself. And although this DIY attempt could have quickly spun into an at-home disaster, it turned out to be quite the opposite. In fact, I learned distressing your own denim is quite easy to do, not to mention budget-friendly. So if you want to save a ton and still capture those nonchalant, downtown-cool vibes distressed jeans immediately radiate, follow along for step-by-step instructions!