I love the look of flannel and cognac leather so that’s exactly what I pulled out of my closet for this look. If you’ve been reading my blog for a few months, you know how obsessed with hats I am. To mask a pretty blah hair day I was having, I threw on this gray wool hat that I got from H&M at the beginning of summer. I haven’t been shopping in months (gold star for me) so I’m not sure what’s in their current collection but I would assume wool hats are a popular item.
The tote bag that I am carrying is actually faux leather and from F21. It was under $30 and I am thoroughly impressed. The gold zippers, one of my favorite style details, and the straps are really sturdy. Here’s the link to the tote in black!
Lastly, the star of this blog post and of my Instagram this week is this pair of distressed jeans that I DIY’ed for fun. I’ve tried on so many pairs but couldn’t quite justify buying a pair because I have a ridiculous amount of jeans. This pair, by Bullhead, is a pair that I’ve simply gotten tired of so I googled a how-to and took to cutting and tweezing. I was thinking about making a tutorial for this blog post but honestly it is so easy and the Internet is filled with them already so I wouldn’t be showing you anything new.
When possible, I try to end my blog posts with helpful tips so here are 3 that are on my mind…
1. If you’re unsure about wearing jeans with gaping holes in them, try making your own pair so that you can dictate the placement and size of the distressed parts. My biggest gripe with most of the pairs that I had tried on in stores were that the holes were just too large. I’m a business student, conservative dress is part of my wardrobe..
2. Distress a pair of jeans that is a little looser or contains a bit of stretch. I chose a pair of jeans that is basically a second skin and lacks the stretch that I wish it had – but hey, you learn by doing. It will make tweezing the threads much, much easier and you won’t feel like you’re developing arthritis.
3. Wash the denim when you’re done or think you’re done and see how the fit is and how the holes look. The threads will loosen and you will get the beat up, worn look this way. I recommend not putting them in the dryer and air drying because the dryer will often scrunch up the threads that you just worked on and make them resemble Top Ramen noodles…
Okay, actually I have one last tip. If you find yourself making a mistake (for ex: cutting a slit in your pants the wrong direction so that you can’t actually tweeze the perpendicular threads, laugh – then continue distressing). Mistakes happen and the good thing is most of the mistakes you make during this process are totally fine. The giant hole on my left leg (your right) was an accident. Laying flat, it’s a huge hole that looks pretty unattractive but when I’m wearing the jeans, they slouch perfectly and give the jeans some variation. Best mistake I made during this process, and trust me, there were many.
Outfit details: Gray shirt – GAP | Flannel – A&F (boys section, no joke) | Wool hat – H&M | Elephant necklace – J.Crew | DIY distressed denim – PacSun | Booties – thrifted | Tote – Forever 21 | Watch – Michael Kors
Happy weekend, all!
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