5 Key Ways to Customize Your Denim Jeans

Denim jeans are a staple in any closet, and with good reason. Not only are they easy to dress up or down, but they also work well with every color and look great on just about anyone.

That said, wearing jeans day in, day out can feel a little lacking in creativity and originality. Unless, of course, you’re ready to turn your denims into a fashion statement!

Want to know how to stand out from the crowd? Keep reading to learn the top ways to customize your jeans!


1. Patches

Nothing speaks to your personality better than adorning your jeans with iron on patches. From a simple cluster of meaningful symbols, signs, or sayings around a pocket to a full leg of personalized patches, this is one of the most effective DIY methods for transforming an old pair of jeans into an eye-catching fashion statement. If you want something unique you can create your own custom embroidered patches from a custom patch maker.

What’s more, patches are a great way to cover unfortunate holes in an old pair of jeans you couldn’t bear to part with!

2. Rips

While we’re on the subject of holes in jeans, this topic is often as divisive as cats vs dogs or pineapple on pizza. For some, jean life is all about keeping it classic, while others embrace the breezy freedom of fashionably placed rips.

If you’re a fan of ripped jeans, the good news is that you can easily DIY this look. To do so, put your jeans on then mark where you intend to rip them with chalk. Then, using nail scissors for precise rips and tools like steel wool or a cheese grater for worn areas, it’s time to get to work! Just remember to place a small wooden block inside the leg to protect the back of the jeans.

3. Frayed Hems

If rips are too extreme for you, frayed hems are a subtle way to make your basic jeans feel edgier. Decide what length you want them, mark a line of white chalk, then cut. You’ll then need to use a metal nail file or tweezers to tease out loose threads for a frayed look. Then, to make the edges stand out more, paint the hanging threads with white fabric paint.

4. Bleach Splashes

Bleach on your jeans could isn’t a laundry disaster, it’s a bold and graphical fashion statement! While you could try a DIY tie-dye effect with bleach, we love the look of bleach splattered and splashed on your denims like Jackson Pollock has gone to town on them.

5. Fabric Paint

Letting loose with fabric paint on your jeans is another way to achieve a truly original look. But, before you get carried away, it’s a good idea to do some research and consider what designs you’d like to paint on your jeans. Popular options include flowers, flames, hearts, and graffiti-style designs.

How to Customize Your Denim Jeans

With these tips to inspire you, there’s no excuse for pulling on the same denim jeans every day.

Whether you want to get creative with paint or like the distressed denim look, it’s easy to turn basic jeans into a fashion statement.

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