How To

Fray your denim

R.I.P. your ankle seams.

Everywhere I go I see beautiful people in frayed jeans with their sun-kissed ankles bared. I’d assumed their perfect fit and fray was the work of denim whisperers like Rachel ComeyMarques Almeida or 3×1, but *newsflash* – I was wrong.

Ask and you shall find that the greatest frayed denim is actually born in bedrooms worldwide.

But for DIY denim virgins, chopping your favourite jeans can be as daunting as trialling a new haircut. The difference is you don’t need an expert to get it right, so we highly recommend you get snip happy ASAP (on your denim not your hair plz).

This way, you’re 100% in control of how short you crop them, and how much fraying is acceptable before you start getting lame comments from your dad about your ‘holy pants’ or ‘needing a new pair of jeans’.

We’re so in favour of the fray at CHRONICLES HQ that none of us have a single pair of jeans with their ankle seams intact.

So fray and don’t be a-frayed (but if you are, don’t worry, we’ll be there in spirit holding your hand every step of the way).

By Carmen Hamilton.

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You will need...

Scissors (preferably the fabric kind, but we’ve used a pair of nail scissors to hack our hems apart before… no jk) and a washing machine. Optional: tumble dryer.

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You will need...

Scissors (preferably the fabric kind, but we’ve used a pair of nail scissors to hack our hems apart before… no jk) and a washing machine. Optional: tumble dryer.

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Babes be cutting

Pull the jeans taught and cut along the stitching if you wanna play it safe, or freestyle to your desired length.

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Babes be cutting

Pull the jeans taught and cut along the stitching if you wanna play it safe, or freestyle to your desired length.

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No strings attached

Tug on any loose threads, and run the blade back and forth along the raw edge to loosen more if you’re feeling naughty.

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No strings attached

Tug on any loose threads, and run the blade back and forth along the raw edge to loosen more if you’re feeling naughty.

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You spin me right round baby

Do your laundry and throw your newly-cut jeans in with it (we keepin’ it clean and green). This will further fray the frayzzz, and you can tumble dry them after if you want to go all-out. The more you wear, the more you wash, the better they look. FRAY and SLAY.

4

You spin me right round baby

Do your laundry and throw your newly-cut jeans in with it (we keepin’ it clean and green). This will further fray the frayzzz, and you can tumble dry them after if you want to go all-out. The more you wear, the more you wash, the better they look. FRAY and SLAY.

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