There are many different ways you can give a simple denim jacket a unique and personalized look. Here's a few ways you can try.
Patches are the easiest thing you can use. You can by them in lots of different places, for example I got mine from amazon. All you have to do is decide where you want them to go and iron them on.
For my sister's jacket I choose butterflies, because I had a few and I thought they looked young and fun.
Decide where you would like your chosen patches to go.
Iron them on.
Voilà! It is that simple.
Like patches, trims add a fashionable and colourful finishing touch.
There are various different kinds, I choose yellow rickrack.
Unlike patches, that you just iron on, trims require you to glue or sew them.
Since I don't know how to sew very well, I decided to use fabric glue.
Cut your chosen trim to fit where you want it to go.
Glue or sew it on.
Using bleach is a bit more tricky, but you can achieve very unique and edgy effects.
You can try acid wash, which was very popular in the 70s or you can try lightening the jacket completely, another way is colour blocking, like this "BDG Mix + Match Denim Cropped Trucker Jacket" from Urban Outfitters.
There are many ways you can use bleach with a denim jacket, you just have to be creative.
Since I don't have experience with bleaching clothes, here are the links to some really good tutorials.
Colour block, Nava Rose: https://youtu.be/wRXmh4HTMUY?t=9m40s
Ombré, KeepCalmAndBlushOn : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnVntE6lwaI
Ombré, coolripa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyw6FYNmytE
Acid wash, Dalji Imara: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnYyxnvvPeY
Lightening/ Bleach, Tiffany Bianca :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEbuXuX7A84
With paint you can truly do whatever you want. You can use the jacket as a canvas and there are no limits to your creativity.
For example, Ayesha Field paints custom denim jackets. (If you want to buy one you can contact her on her social media accounts on Twitter and Instagram @ayeshafield)
I also made an "OFF-WHITE" inspired denim jacket with a tutorial dedicated to it on the blog.
I hope you try one of these DIYs, and if you do please share it with me by tagging me on Instagram (@thefashionthrowaways) or by using the hashtag #FashionThrowaway. I would love to see your creations and outfits.