Remember the eighties? Well the shabby chic rock star look is back and denim is the only accessory that matters in completing the iconic look. Sure a leather jacket and a bandana may get you partway there but without the tattered jeans to complete your look you may as well just stay home.
Big hair and big holes in your jeans are once again big business in America. Some of the largest companies and biggest names in fashion have embraced the distressed denim revival and are charging rock star royalties to don a pair of their creative creations. But what if you don’t have a rock star’s wad of bills?
Gone are the days that icons like David Lee Roth, Pat Benatar, Axl Rose and Kurt Kobain wore the quintessential rock star garb. They have been replaced by today’s fashionista elite like Kim Kardashian and Jessica Alba and really I am not here to complain by why should you have to make rock star money to sport the rock star look? Well the good news is with a little time, creativity and planning you can create those same looks at a fraction of the price and at the same time avoid having to use guy liner to complete your look.
Rock Star Rules to Distressing Your Denim
More is better – To create a truly iconic pair of distressed jeans you have to push the proverbial envelop. More holes, more patches more fray basically more everything. And don’t be shy, while most of us are happy to snip a tiny hole in the knees of our jeans in order to kick it up a notch you must go bolder. Why not a thigh slit, front or back the higher and more provocative the better, just one on the backside tho, trust me. Just under the waistband is another ultra rock star place to create a little wiggle room. Go big or go home or whatever the musical equivalent is to the popular sports euphemism.
Rub up against something – You know that the icons all did in there day but for this article we will keep it PG. Use a cheese grater or a razor to give all the seams of your denim a good rubdown this will give the look and illusion of bumping into various speaker arrays and pushing past throngs of adoring fans over the last decade. Another nice touch is to go to town on the front thighs of your jeans with coarse sandpaper to create that, “I’ve been playing guitar on tour in these exact jeans for years” look.
Bedazzle, button and embroider – As all rock stars have said at one point or another, “the more the merrier”. Try one or try them all there is simply no better way to really make your rock star jeans truly unique. By adding a few rhinestones here, a patchwork pocket complete with button there and an embroidered rose or snake down the leg you will be able to transform your beloved denim into your own personal musical masterpiece.
Distressed denim has become one of the most versatile pieces of apparel you can own over the last few years. From the muted elegance of the shabby chic scene in SoHo to the raucous revival of true rock and roll in Rotterdam distressed denim is back.