Many of the edgiest denim trends for Summer are looks that you don’t need to have an ‘in’ at the best laundries in Japan and California to achieve, like these J Brand Thrasher jeans that Kate Bosworth is working below. No, these washes look best done at home (as long as you take lots of care of yourself and your treasured denims), and the bonus is they’ll be totally original. We would suggest perhaps trying it out on a really old pair of jeans that you don’t care about to perfect your technique before you attack last season’s premium skinnies, but remember, every denim will react differently to home washing, so there are no guarantees.
First up, bleached out skinnies with added rips. Childhood Flames has created a great pair with bleach and sandpaper. First up, either scrunch the jeans and put in a bucket of water with a little bleach in (try 5 parts water to one part bleach), and leave for about an hour. The better made the denim, and the darker the shade, the longer it will take to bleach out. Rinse with water (some people recommend vinegar to stop the bleach acting on the denim) and dry. Then attack with sandpaper if you want rough rips (and some pilling on the denim), or just nick a hole with scissors and rip with your fingers. The rips will fray more when you wash your jeans, so best to start small.
And don’t worry, judging by the looks from next season’s catwalks, these jeans will still be looking great when winter rolls around again.