I Do This to Make All My Jeans Look Cooler

Let me preface this by saying I'm the type of person who always feels the need to alter at least one aspect of any article of clothing to really "make it my own." That said, when it comes to denim, there's one super-simple DIY trick I obsessively do to every pair in my arsenal. I assure you, it's just as easy (if not easier) than you'd think to achieve what I call ripped jeans 2.0. Essentially, cutting off the hem of my jeans creates a raw edge with just the right amount of distressing to where they have a laid-back look but can still be dressed up.

While cutting off the hem isn't an exact science, this is typically how I go about creating my ideal amount of distressing: First, try on the jeans and decide where you want the hem to fall on you. Are you going for a cropped look? Aiming to keep their length intact? Mark off half an inch below your desired hem and then lay the jeans on a flat surface and turn them inside out. Now, cut away. The edge won't be as frayed right away, so you can either pull at the loose threads to give it more distressing or throw them in the wash for the same effect.

Now you're in on my secret to giving all my jeans just the right amount of distressing.

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This post originally appeared on Who What Wear U.S.