“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”―Coco Chanel
I have to admit that I have a lot of clothes, but my secret is that I do not spend a lot of money. I have a knack for finding basically gold at thrift stores and I often adjust items that I've bought to make them fit better, or make them more in style. About two summers ago I was scrolling through my tumblr newsfeed and I kept seeing all of these stylish girls wearing vintage high waisted denim cut off shorts. I could not be more happier that the high waisted trend is now back in style! After heading to the local thrift store and picking up a hideous pair of 90s mom jeans I attempted to cut them and create the tumblr girl look. Success! Here I will share with you how you can create your own cut offs, instead of spending a fortune at a trendy hipster store. Save money, stay in style, and look great? Don't mind if I do!
First you will need the following items to make the shorts:
Measuring fabric ribbon
Piece of sandpaper
Slide the jeans on! Make sure that they fit and decide if they look better as high waisted jeans (another favorite!) or if they will suit you better as shorts. Mine were a bit outdated in style, I wanted a skinnier ankle so I decided to cut! I thrifted this pair of pale pink Calvin Klein jeans for my choice.
Using your fabric ribbon start at the waist and measure down the seam of the jeans on both sides. Mark with a pencil at desired point. I chose 28inches on both sides. You want to make sure you do this evenly so the shorts turn out even after cutting!
Begin cutting where you created your marking. Make sure you cut through both the front and the back of the shorts at the same time to make it even. Initially you should start cutting horizontally but gradually diagonal the cut ever so slightly downward as you head towards the inseam of the shorts. They should be higher outside on the hips and lower between the legs.
The finished product should look something like this!
Take the ends of the shorts and bunch them up in your hands creating a fist with the ends sticking out. Holding the shorts in place like that, drag the ends across the sandpaper to create the distressed look. Its up to you to decide how distressed you make them look! Remember that after washing them they will continue to become more distressed on the ends. I chose to lightly distress mine knowing that after a few washes they will continue to become more frayed!
Here is the finished look!
I hope you all find this helpful and your shorts turn out great if you decide to try! Remember that you don't EVER have to spend a lot of money to look cute. Save your money for other more important things like food and travel ;)