How to Make Grunge Jeans

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How to Make Grunge Jeans
The grunge look often contained layers of shirts with stonewashed jeans. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Ironically, grunge fashion was not fashion at all, because it was started as a movement against fashion. While the look did not last long, it has forever remained in the fashion dictionary as a trend of the early '90s that was started by youth to rebel against the fashion industry. The look was tousled and unkept with mismatched and ripped clothing. Avoid spending money to look like grunge when you can style a pair you already own to look worn and beat-up. In addition, pair a flannel shirt with your new style of jeans and low-top sneakers for the ultimate grunge appearance.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Grater
  • Bleach pen
  • Bleach
  • Cold water

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  1. 1

    Lay the jeans outside in the grass or on the driveway. You want to work in an area free from children and animals. Because you will be working with bleach, choose a place that will not damage from the bleach.

  2. 2

    Use a vegetable or cheese grater to work your way down the jeans from just below the hip area. Work the grater in a vertical direction up and down the leg line. The point is to create a fraying hole in the leg area. Create a hole, to the size of your preference, in the upper thigh area on both legs.

  3. 3

    Turn the jeans over and rub the knee area over concrete. The concrete will remove the colour in the knee area. In addition, the concrete will thin or put a hole in the knee area. Do this for both knees.

  4. 4

    Keep the jeans on their backside and apply the grater to the back of the jeans, in the mid-thigh area. Fray the jeans or continue grating until a hole appears. Do not widen the hole with your hands; the hole must look natural for the best grunge look.

  5. 5

    Use a bleach pen to create markings on the denim. Bleach pens are similar to markers; therefore, rub the pen along the places you want the jeans to whiten. Rinse the jeans completely with cold water.

  6. 6

    Skip the bleach pen and create a stonewashed look, which was a normal grunge style, and dip the jeans into a bucket of bleach. Pull the jeans out quickly and rinse with cold water.

  7. 7

    Hang the jeans to dry before wear.

Tips and warnings

  • Avoid using scissors to widen a hole. The holes should look natural.
  • Long stringy hair with beads or feathers was often worn with grunge attire.

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