Unraveled: DIY Frayed Denim
Frayed edges are a “thing” in fashion at the moment, with the undone edges showing up on coats, collars, shoes, shirts, and of course, denim. This isn’t really a new trend by any means, but it is a cool little detail has a big style impact because it transforms a piece by giving it, well, a bit of sass and edge.
I was determined to find some really cool frayed denim back in December on a trip to NYC, but actually had a bit of trouble finding any pieces that I loved. I found one great pair of 7 For All Mankind Ankle Skinny at Saks Fifth Avenue and bought them of course, because they are incredibly flattering even without the frayed edges. That began a rather obsessive search for fringe, fray and other fashionably unraveled pieces.
|My 3x1 WM3 Fringe Denim|
Then, last week I did a MAJOR closet clean out. It was time. There were too many ghosts of fashion past and it was hard to see what I loved. At the end of it all I had hauled 16 bags out of there, with some things going to MB’s Finds Designer Consignment, my daughter and a couple of friends, and the rest to donate.
It can be hard to part with things which I determine are for the following reasons: 1. It was originally quite expensive so there is guilt. 2. It was quite expensive but I got it for a great price, so there is guilt. 3. It represents some occasion or person that is a happy memory, like me as a size 6. Which means guilt. 4. It was an emotional purchase and I never wore it. So guilt again.
So there you have it. Be ruthless in your closet cleanout.
|My Lanvin Wool Red Jacket that looks much better in person than on this white mannequin|
Before I headed to the Salvation Army donation truck I swung by Buffalo Exchange Consignment in Ballard, where they pay cash on the spot or give you a larger store credit. Buffalo is more my daughter’s style than mine, but I thought I wouldn’t hurt to see if they would take anything before I donated it. By the time it was all said and done I had made enough money, just at Buffalo, to buy a gorgeous and much coveted red Lanvin coat from MB. High five to me! I am looking forward to selling my better things at MBs Spring Sale, and every time I walk by my perfectly colorized and organized closet I feel all warm and fuzzy inside. ☺
|Results of a major closet purge...space again!|
In the midst of my organizational frenzy I forced myself to try on all of my denim. Every. Single. Pair. Yes, it was painful, but awesome too because I knew the results would be worth it. Like a cleanse but without the starvation and anger. It just so happened that week I had read an article by my fav blogger Leandra Medine of about a little DIY Frayed Denim project, and I got really inspired. The article was originally from 2013 and had been republished recently, most likely because this trend is back in a major way once again. My closet cleanout had produced three pair of neglected but still great jeans that would be perfect for my DIY project: one inexpensive but cute pair of distressed cropped gray denim from Zara, one pair of pristine white denim that Inès de La Fressange said I must own but seem sort of boring to me now, and one pair of Joe's boyfriend jeans that are weirdly long and I never wear. Perfect. I pressed each pair with the iron and set to work. You need a pair of very sharp scissors and a seam ripper for this little adventure.
|let 'er rip|
|The finished project|
Get some scissors and get after those old jeans…and let me know how it goes.