Summer is in full swing and there’s nothing better than wearing some denim cutoffs on a hot day.
Cutoffs are a summer essential, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to find ones that fit. Instead of throwing away your old jeans, why not spruce them up and transform them into your favorite jorts?
Here are our tips to create the perfect denim cutoffs!
The wash of the jeans you picked out are very important, so what will you pick: light or dark wash?
There’s a simple solution for those looking to figure out which one is right for you. For those looking for a more casual look, pick a lighter wash — it’s just right for summer fun at the beach and are a perfect daytime look.
However, if you want to transform your shorts from day to night, try out a darker wash for a more sophisticated look. Or have the best of both worlds and just have both!
Length and Fit
When you hear of cutoffs, most people immediately assume supershort, Daisy Duke-style, but it doesn’t have to be like that! From shorts to capris, you have to find a length that you’re comfortable with.
Pro tip: find your favorite shorts and measure their length.
If you want to change the length, here’s the breakdown of what lengths you’ll have to cut your jeans:
- Capris: cut right below the knee
- Bermuda Shorts: cut right above the knee
- Classic shorts: hit 3–5 inches above the knee
- Short Shorts or Daisy Dukes: their hemline is about 2 – 3 inches.
The next step is finding jeans with a perfect fit. Remember this basic rule: the baggier the jeans, the baggier the shorts. The tighter the jeans, the tighter the shorts. Also, as the shorts get shorter, it’s better to go with a tighter jeans. Make sure to try the jeans on first!
Now, the important part: the cut. Start off by trying on the jeans and marking where you want them to be cut using either a safety pin or marking it with a pen. Remember that cutoffs can fray, so you might want to give yourself a half inch or an inch extra from your ideal cut.
Afterwards, lay the jeans on a flat surface and with a piece of chalk, mark a straight line going towards the crotch. Ideally, you’re not going to be cutting straight across, so make sure to draw diagonally, which creates a ‘v’ shape.
Then, voila: your own jean shorts! You’ll be looking stylish this summer with this simple DIY.
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