Denim advice

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  1. TheSunAlsoRises

    TheSunAlsoRises Member

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    I'm looking for tips and advice on roughing up some gap (1969 label) jeans that I have. I like them well enough and they have decent washes, but they have started getting really popular on guys my age in my town and I thought maybe I could rough mine up or put some tears in them or something? I'm not really trying to co-opt a particular look, but there is a good example of how I want my jeans to look on page 232 of the May 2001 GQ. It's the guy with the navy blazer and the jeans with the tears in them. Anyway, I appreciate any advice and thanks for your time.

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    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    I posted about this on the GQF a while back. Here's that post:

    They look really good now. I don't have any tears in them as I wasn't going for that look, but they look and feel like I've been wearing them for years.

    j.
     
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    Wow, those '69 jeans really do look good. Everyone's wearing them where I live too, and I was in the same boat. So I ended up buying a pair of Mavi jeans that had the same make as one of my three pairs of '69's (I don't wear jeans often) and experimented on the '69's. I sat them in a tub and poured a bleach/water solution over the front. The goal in my head was pretty-close to white fronts in the thigh area. Then I did the back of the pants, and accidently forgot to thoroughly wash the bleach out and the jeans were ruined because the seat was completely white. I was happy with the way they looked in the front, the contrast was very noticable, but didn't scream, "Look at me." However, I saw a guy with some jeans the other day, they were white in the front, but had crease-like stripes going horizontally on the upper thigh. They looked great. During Spring Break I'll be trying to do this since I couldn't get off of work for a week. [​IMG]
     
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    I suggest using the sandpaper method to make the crease lines rather than bleach, because it will look much more authentic. Also be sure to actually crease the pants (sleep in them a few days) then sand on the creases, otherwise it just looks like you tried to make them look vintage. I've seen some real abominations passing themselves off as 'beat up look' jeans, most notably old navy had some that just looked ridiculous being brand new and having the 'whiskers' as they call them where the jeans probably wouldn't actually crease. It's a dead giveaway that the jeans are fake and all fashion aside, they just look ridiculous.

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    Michael Senior member

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    Alright, so let me get this straight. I sleep in them, then sand the troughs of the creases once they're good and... creasy? Sounds difficult, but if this is correct, I shall give it a shot.
     
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    You sand the "peaks" of the creases. It's easy. You can just kind of squat or stretch your legs out and the creases will appear, and then softly sand over the creases. Be sure not to just get the tops or it will look weird, you need to 'fade' the sanding down the creases. I wish I had a way to hook up my digital camera here, I'd take a pic and show you. It's simpler than it sounds.

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    Sand paper. haha, it's funny what we go through. It does work. Just be sure to get the "peaks" of the creases as j said. Hope the process works for you.
     
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    Michael Senior member

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    Well, it's funny until you realize how truely pathetic it is. Heheh. Kidding, mainly. Of course I'm going to be sporting the jeans to bed tonight, wearing them tomorrow to school, and then heading over to Lowe's (shameless plug for my "drinking money job") to get some sandpaper. My last question is, if the creases are still there, how can you possibly get enough 'leverage' to scrape the paper hard enough to produce any effect?
     
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    I know, sad, huh. Better than working half a day to pay for a pair of frickin "designer-beat-up" jeans though.

    Like I said, stretch your legs out and make the creases happen, and then scrape. You'll figure it out.
     

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