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This has been an idea that’s been brewing in my mind lately– letting Skylar style our outfits. When I look back at some old photos of him, I always had him SO dressed up every. single. DAY. It was insane. I’m not sure how I kept up with it, especially with him being a messy kid (cue spaghetti flying in the air). I will say that there’s a little bit of guilt now. I feel like I didn’t let him “be a kid” or “be a baby” because he was always dressed up like a miniature grown man. I’m still somewhat guilty of that now with some Style With Sky posts but he hasn’t really complained. Until now. He’s become so spirited and independent-minded and has gotten more vocal with his opinions, which applies to his clothing that I’ve picked out for him. So now, I give him options and let him pick his outfits. He gets a say in what he wears and I’ve been more willing to let him be mismatched if he so pleases. I’m so uptight and such a helicopter mom that sometimes I need to learn to just let my kid be a kid. If he wants to wear a cape and a ninja turtle shell to run errands, that’s totally fine! That’s what being a kid is about after all, right?
Well what’s really great about this kid is that he’s actually got a really good sense of style. I told him we’d have matching DIY distressed jeans and that he gets to pick everything else. It was no surprise he opted for the t-shirt with his favorite superheroes, and he asked for me to wear his next favorite, which is a popular Science Fantasy movie franchise. I should have known since he’s being raised by geeks! He also wanted his favorite denim jacket and grey sneakers. I’m telling you– he has impeccable taste when it comes to fashion.
Every time Sky or I wear our distressed jeans, we always get asked a lot where we got them from. Here’s the answer: it doesn’t matter. You can distress your favorite brand of jeans and it’s really easy! Here’s a DIY Distressed Jeans tutorial:
What you’ll need:
Pair of jeans
Pair of scissors
Laundry Detergent (like all® fresh clean Essentials™ Fresh Scent)
1. Lay your jeans flat and gauge where the knees would hit. If the jeans have been worn, this will be easier to tell as it may be a bit lighter than the rest of the jeans.
2. Cut across the knee without cutting past the overlapped sides/seams.
3. On one knee, cut out about half an inch above the initial cut (but don’t cut it out). The lines don’t have to be straight. The more uneven, the better.
4. Create smaller distressed spots sporadically (and with no real pattern) by cutting little lines close together. It’s good to place some right below the pockets (that the inner pocket lining covers), upper thighs, below the knee, and back pockets if the kids don’t use that.
5. Fray with your hands! You can even let the kids help with this.
6. Throw it in the washer. This will give it the ultimate distressing that no hand-fraying or tools could do. I use all® fresh clean Essentials™ Fresh Scent because it’s sulfate free (and we’ve been slowly phasing out sulfates in our home products) yet still manages to do a powerful clean. It smells amazing and it preserves the colors of our clothes! Just follow the directions exactly as it states on the packaging. I throw the pants in with a regular load of colored laundry.
7. Throw it in the dryer (the tumbling will also help with the distressing) and let your kids enjoy their “new” distressed jeans!
I absolutely love how simple it is to do. I try with all my might not to distress all of my jeans because it’s so easy and it looks so cute! The thing about distressing is that it’s casual, relaxed, and carefree, just more of what I need my parenting to be. Sky is only going to be little for so long so I should enjoy it and focus on the things that really matter.
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Styled photos by: The Retro Penguin