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DIY Cut Off Shorts

Fashion, DIY, How ToCrystal JacksonComment

Shorts: DIY // Tunic: LC Lauren Conrad // Shoes: Report // Purse: Michael Kors

Been a while since I posted a DIY project. These cut offs are my new favorite upcycled item for spring. I tried making some last season and seriously failed, so I thought I would share a few tips and tricks today. Cutoffs look great for all of the warmer seasons. I plan to wear them again with a button up and rain boots on a hike, or a pair of heels and tunic for a night on the town. I found there are two things that make a great pair of shorts - the fit, and how they are cut on the hemline.

  1. Buy a pair of jeans 1-2 sizes up. This allows it to be really loose in the leg. You don't want shorts that are too tight - that's not comfortable and unless your are a teenager, not flattering.
  2. Don't cut them too short. Start long, try them on, then repeat. It's kind of like your hair - once you cut it you can't go back so take your time.
  3. Cut at an angle. You want the inseam to be longer in the crotch and angle up higher on the sides. I added a diagram for you to look at above.
  4. Wash them in between cuts and this look is great with a pair that is already distressed. I actually used an old pair I had by Lucky Brand. I wasn't wild about them as a pair of jeans since I lost weight, but they made the perfect pair of shorts.

That's pretty much how easy it is! I washed mine several times and decided to roll them up for this outfit. A pretty floral tunic and fringe sandals give them an effortlessly cool look. It's great for a Saturday to shop at the market or stomp around at a flower garden. Add a simple crossbody - this Michael Kors one is on sale for under $100 right now!

I never thought shorts were the most flattering object on me, but when the leg is wide enough it looks great. I think the key is even though they are DIY - they are from a pair of jeans where I loved the fit in the hip and waist. I also think it matters what you pair with them. I personally, like to keep the top conservative since I'm showing off a little leg. Too much skin can be a really bad thing.