As seen at their spring 2015 runway show, as well as on Marjorie Harvey, Dolce & Gabbana’s Embellished Mid-Rise Boyfriend Jeans ($1995) bring a new definition to the term premium denim. Quite a wardrobe stand out, these light-wash bejeweled beauties are sure to turn some heads. Embellished jeans are certainly having a moment. Spotted on Kendall Jenner, Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine, Elle Fanning, and countless other trendsetters at various fashion weeks and events, this luxe trend is far from your average pair of Levi’s.
Although this item looks rather fancy (and the price tag would tend to agree), it’s actually possible to recreate this look yourself. Even if you don’t consider yourself crafty, this DIY project is shockingly simple – and vastly less expensive – with the right supplies.
What You’ll Need:
- A pair of boyfriend jeans: Try Old Navy’s Women’s Boyfriend Skinny Ankle Crop Jeans ($35)
- A glue gun
- Filigree beads (pick whatever color and size appeals to you!)
- Gold embroidery thread and a needle
- Brass heart beads
- Red aluminum rosebuds
- Yellow flatback crystals
- Iron-on studs and an iron
1. After gathering all of your materials, lay your jeans out on a large, flat service. You’ll want plenty of room to work with since there are so many different items needed.
2. Start by placing the larger beads sporadically around the jeans, focusing particularly on the sides of the thighs.
3. When you are happy with the placement, begin sewing or gluing them on, depending on the type of backing they have.
4. Fill in any gaps or sparsely decorated areas with smaller beads. This should be random and imperfect, not uniform in any way.
5. Finally, add studs and more crystals to the waist line and any other area that you think needs a bit more embellishment.
In addition to being easy, this DIY should be highly personalized. You can definitely mimic the Dolce & Gabbana design perfectly, but you can also change it around to suit your personal style. If you prefer more black beading, silver, or even patches, try that instead! Either way, you’ll definitely make a statement with embellished denim.
-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind www.comfortablycasey.com