There is something about deconstructed, distressed and destroyed denim that makes me excited for summer. The casual, easy, cool of cut-off shorts, frayed hems and seams and ripped-up knees are just the epitome of warm weather style to this tomboy with rock n’ roll style aspirations. And, because of that, I always get a hankering for a DIY denim project this time of year. In the event that you do too, I thought I would share some of my best practices.
The best jean cut-off shorts are made from jeans that are one size too big so that they aren’t too tight on the thigh. Don’t have a pair that qualifies? Head to your local thrift or consignment store to scoop up a pair.
Try on the jeans and determine the length that you prefer and mark it with a pencil. Take them off and cut the jeans at a subtle angler that leaves the ineam just barely longer than the outer seam, roughly 2 inches longer than you originally measured. (Better safe than sorry as you can always cut more and sometimes a cuff can be a great look!) Cut more if needed, a little bit at a time. Run through the wash to get the hem to properly fray and enjoy!
Take a cheese grater to the knees and upper thigh to create realistic looking wear and tear. Swipe in a horizontal motion as much or as little as you like to create the distressed look that you desire.
And/or chop off the hemline to create an on-trend frayed edge that skims the ankle bone. Perfect for the summer weather and to feature your favorite sandals and flats.
Do you have one too many chambray shirts like I do? Take one of your least favorite toppers and lop the sleeves off. Cut right before the seam at the shoulder for a clean edge or cut right after the seam for frayed fringe.
Have an extra denim jacket or one that isn’t quite right? Ditch the sleeves to create a denim vest or get out your cheese grater again to shred an elbow, shoulder, hem or the chest.
God-speed on your forays into fashion DIY’s! Your summer wardrobe will thank you!
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