Punk Denim Vest Ideas

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Punk Denim Vest Ideas
Turn that plain denim vest into a punk denim vest. (Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images)

Denim vests are a staple of punk fashion due to the versatility and lightweight structure of the denim fabric. Before playing or attending your next punk show decorate your punk denim vest to go with plaid bondage trousers, T-shirts and steel toe boots or creepers. Wear your embellished vest everyday to show off your artistic punk style as well.

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Safety Pins

Decorate your denim vest in classic punk fashion with large and small safety pins. Place eight 1/16-inch safety pins across the top of each front pocket flap about 1/2-inch apart from each other. Add 2-inch safety pins around the bottom hem of the denim vest, with the pin side facing out. Position band patches on the denim vest. Place safety pins all around each band patch, rather than just the corners of the patches, to secure each patch to the denim vest.

Zippers and Plaid

Create your own bondage plaid punk denim vest with plaid fabric and zippers. Purchase plaid fabric from a fabric store. Measure the top portions of the denim vest, between the front pockets and shoulder hem with measuring tape. Cut pieces of the plaid fabric according to the measurements, and sew the fabric to the vest using a straight stitch. Sew zippers over each shoulder hem and across the bottom hem using a straight stitch. Add zippers over each side pocket on the denim jacket.

Pins and Patches

Show your favourite bands on your punk denim vest with band patches and pins. Sew large punk band patches on the back of the denim vest using a straight stitch on each side of the patch. Use a contrasting thread colour for an artistic touch. Sew additional patches with a straight stitch over the side hem of the denim vest, below each armhole. Then sew one to two patches in the front of the vest, between the side pockets and button closure of the vest. Place punk band pins on the collar, front pockets and chest area of the vest, above the front pockets.

Metal Studs

Add a hardcore look to your punk denim vest with metal 5/8-inch pyramid or 7/16-inch conical studs. Sew patches to the denim vest before adding metal studs. Then layout the studs on the denim vest around band patches, the collar and bottom hem of the vest, without penetrating the studs into the denim. Studs may also be placed on the flap of front pockets. After deciding where the studs will be placed, insert the pronged ends of the stud through the denim, and bend the prongs into the inside of the denim vest with long-nose pliers.

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