**No actual cigarettes were consumed in the making of this photo. . . Unless you consider Popeye Cigarettes, actual cigarettes, then yes, we consumed those.
First of all, we would never recommend that your pierce your own ears, or leave such procedures to the likes of an eventual beauty school drop-out; that’s just stupid, Sandy! However if you are interested in transitioning aspects of your wardrobe from the Pink Lady side of the spectrum towards the T- Bird racing-for-pink-slips-end, we’re here to help.
For as long as Libertee can remember, she’s been building her own boyfriend jeans. Her knack for this has actually resulted in being commissioned by all of her friends - leading us to believe that it’s time we make like Rizzo and teach you how to T- Bird.
This is our friend, Britta
Britta is one of half of the dynamic duo that comprises Jagger and Kokemar. She and her associate Steph are not only two of our favorite people, they’re also incredibly talented photographers. Like Libertee, Britta often has to transition from being on set in the morning, to meeting a client in the evening; translating as party in the morning, business at night. Boyfriend jeans are like the mullets of your wardrobe and can accommodate both the party and business aspects of your day. Britta came to us as she was having trouble finding a pair of boyfriend jeans; she could either find jeans that fit well, but weren’t distressed, or were distressed, but didn’t fit well. Enter the denim distressing guru. . .
We’ll get some overhead lifters and four barrel quads, oh yeah!
That’s a lie. But you will need the following items to get your boyfriend jean on:
- A cutting board
- A serrated steak knife
- A serrated butter knife
- A contrasting washable marker, we like to use eyeliner
- A looser fitting denim jean that’s long enough to roll past your ankle; try to find more of a tapered cut as boot cut denim jeans are harder to roll. We presently love the boyfriend cut jeans at Banana Republic and the 1969 cut from the GAP for this project. We generally discourage cutting skinny jeans, as this can tend to create the illusion that your leg is vomiting when you sit down. Also remember that like any situation, a darker denim is easier to dress up.
Tell me more, tell me more. . .
Before you go sticking a needle in anyone’s ear, it’s a good idea to map out your plan of attack. Enter the eyeliner. As a general rule, we recommend that the denim is NOT equally distressed on both sides. Using the eyeliner map out a five to two ratio: five rips on the right, two on the left. When making these marks be conscious of placing the larger holes on the smaller portions of your leg, and the smaller holes on the wider portion of your leg. Also, try to place the marks on your thighs in the middle of your thigh; placing a hole either to the right or left of your thigh will make you feel more like Jan than you hoped.
When you’re drawing on the map-o-holes think of drawing diamond shapes – smaller up top, wider in the middle and tapering off to the bottom. Additionally, try not to place the larger holes higher than your groin or right on your knee – chances are, they’ll split .
This might go without saying, but don’t place any holes in the back. . . just don’t.
Finally, put the jeans on before you cut them and make sure you’re comfortable with where the marks are. Adjust accordingly.
You know how it is, Rockin and Rollin . . .
Let’s do this! Lay your jeans flat on the cutting board. Using the serrated steak knife, make a gentle sawing motion on the marks you’ve laid out. Be careful not to press too hard, as you don’t want to cut through the top and bottom layer of your jeans. Think of grating through each layer of the denim, as opposed to cutting through the jean in one fell swoop.
Once you’ve done a good amount of damage, take the serrated butter knife and start to work gently against the grain to increase the amount of fray.
As a finishing touch, we like to take the serrated steak knife to the edges of two out of the four pockets (one in the front, one in the back) to even further that distressed look.
If you’re interested in making a bit more damage, use the scissors to snip a small hole in the center of your diamond before you start the fraying with the steak knife. Continue sawing back and forth with the steak knife to create a more damaged look.
We highly recommend that you wash the jeans before you wear them – a round through the washing machine and the dryer on low will finish the frayed look. We’ve actually gone so far as to paint with our boyfriends on – keep in mind, that these will make the jeans a bit more casual, but all the more T- Bird, Bitchin.