Last time a denim jacket was cool was some time in the 90s, probably worn by Alicia Silverstone. Soon after it became an ultimate fashion faux pas and the must-have attire of soccer moms. (Even the reign of plain blue jeans, that have been in style for years, was tested in the recent years by their skinny-cut, dyed counterparts.) In other words, the denim jacket has become so unhip, it’s hip again!
I’ve been seeing a lot of of denim on the runways and in places like Top Shop (who can say no to to this adorable floral number?). Of course this doesn’t mean you have to buy brand new. With the popularity of all things DIY, I found a way to breath new life into my old jacket and make it exciting again!
What you’ll need: a denim jacket, sewing machine, contrast fabric, latex (wall) paint.
Step 1: Find a well-fitting denim jacket. Check thriftstores – they always have plenty!
Step 2: Decide on the contrast fabric. Thick, denim-like materials work best!
Step 3: Pin fabric in place and stitch onto the collar with sewing machine.
Step 4: Cut out a fabric applique, pin, and zigzag-stitch anywhere you like. I put mine on the front but the back would be nice too!
Step 5: Paint the buttons – try lighter colors for better contrast. (Don’t forget to pin the pocket flaps up while you paint). Let dry overnight. You may go over the buttons and rub them down lightly for a cool ‘worn’ look, but it will probably happen automatically after some use.
Voila, you have a brand new jacket! Stay tuned for tips on How To Wear a Denim Jacket. :)
Deerlings: Would you wear a denim jacket?
And, before I go, a quick poll: