One item in my wardrobe that I look forward to wearing all year is shorts. Shorts are an effortless piece of apparel that you can easily throw on, and feel good in, no matter what! This summery piece is also something that I enjoy pairing with different looks; whether you dress up shorts with a pair of nice loafers and a blazer, or just a ripped tee and old Birkenstocks, they’re perfection!

So with my love of shorts, it’s only natural that my passion for creativity and fashion would push me to wanting to create my own pair! Rather than spending upwards of $200 on a pair of distressed shorts, why not use (or purchase) a pair of old/cheap jeans and DIY them yourself?! Here is the Sass & Leather take on a pair of DIY cut off shorts!

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Required Items:

  • Pair of old or new jeans/pants
  • Pair of shorts (to model length)
  • Pen or Sharpie
  • Scissors
  • Cheese grater
  • Xacto knife
  • Tweezers (optional)

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First you’re of course going to need a pair of jeans (or pants). I actually purchased these acid washed Levi’s on sale at Urban Outfitters for $20, specifically for this DIY, since I want a vintage-inspired look! Next, you’re going to need your existing pair of shorts to measure the length for your new pair. Measure & mark a line across each leg with your pen, and start cutting away!

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Now that you have cut off the legs for your shorts, the real fun begins: distressing and refreshing! Start by taking your knife and cut 2 long lines across any section of your shorts, about 2-3 inches apart vertically, for one large segment. Make several smaller line cuts in this section, and then you can either use your tweezers or your fingers (which I did) to remove the threads vertically.

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It is a very tedious step, which clearly I was too rushed for, and instead of having a section of perfect, super intricate horizontal ripped-ness, I was left with a messy ripped situation. But not to worry, as I personally love this look too, and here’s how you can make it look even better!

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With your cheese grater, you can tear up the area to pull the threads out further and make the ripped holes look really distressed. This adds to the character of the shorts, as they will only get more worn as you wear and wash them! I also decided to cut part of the seam on the back pocket, so that it hangs down.

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With these few tools, you can continue to make more unique rips and tears on your shorts, to give them your own flair. Using these few tips on how easy and fun it is to DIY your own shorts, you should get to it now! Not only do you feel good about saving money and making the shorts with your own charm, but you will look awesome in them too. Get DIY-ing!

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S&L

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