How to Make Ripped Jeans Like Hollister

Updated April 17, 2017

Ripped jeans are comfortable and always coming in and out of style. If you like the distressed denim style at Hollister, but you don't want to spend money on a pair of already ripped jeans, why not take some time to make the jeans you already own stylish by ripping them at home?

Try on the jeans to determine where to place the rips. The best way to find out where to place the rips is to look for areas of the denim that are already worn, or most likely to get worn through or ripped. These include the knees, areas near the front and back pockets, and the bottom hems of the legs.

Mark with chalk or a pencil where you'd like to place the rips.

Take off the jeans and lay them on the floor. Slide a magazine or piece of cardboard in between the two layers of denim you are working on to protect the fabric.

Cut a small slit in the denim with a razor blade in the area you'd like to distress. Do not make a hole.

Pick the fabric of the slit apart a little using the fork or your fingernails. When it has loosened a little, drag the fork through the fabric, scraping the prongs of the fork to the left and right. The strings of denim will loosen as you do so, distressing the fabric and tearing it into a natural-looking rip. Repeat everywhere you'd like a rip.


If you're looking to mimic a specific pair of Hollister jeans, use images of them found online to reference location and size of the rips.

Things You'll Need

  • Old pair of jeans
  • Razor
  • Fork
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Halie Theoharides started writing professionally in 2001. With work published in "NOÖ Journal," "Shampoo" and "Yes, Poetry," she was also the recipient of the National Council of Teachers of English Award. Theoharides holds a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College.