If there’s one must-have item for the dog days of summer, it’s a pair of ripped denim shorts. There are countless options out there, but the few that really do that vintage, worn-in look right (like that good ol’ Rag & Bone pair that’s always sold out) can set you back over $200. I have found it to be challenging to find a pair in a lower price range that does the perfect rippage – they tend to either be too scaled back and safe with one or two tiny frays, or they go way over board, with huge gaping rips making them suitable only for those under the age of 20. But there’s good news: it’s SUPER easy to make your own. Just grab the nearest pair of less-than-stellar denim boyfriend shorts (mine were $25 on sale for the 4th of July at Gap, but they have special offers pretty much daily) and a pair of sharp scissors, and let’s get started!
1. Choose the right shorts. There aren’t really any restrictions on what kind of shorts work for this project, but there are a few things to keep in mind. First, go for a pair that doesn’t have a lot of stretch. The stretchy denim doesn’t fray as well as the non-stretch – a little bit is ok, but the less stretchy the fabric, the more they will fray. The rolled up cuff is big this year, so a pair with a secured roll will look fresh.
2. Start cutting. It helps to look at a picture of another pair you love for inspiration of where to cut, but definitely be sure to avoid the general crotch area first and foremost. I know that seems obvious but it’s easy to forget when you’re holding the scissors. You can make bigger cuts along the bottom of the shorts for that extra holey look. Try a few different kinds of cuts but keep it to mostly straight, horizontal slits – careful not to make them too big because the rips will naturally expand a bit over time from wearing and washing. You can also create little specs of fray by poking the end of the scissor into the fabric, which I like to do in clusters with a few cuts. Don’t forget the area over the pockets and on the bottom edge of the cuff, where you can get some added drama and hangy frays (yes, that is the technical term) without revealing something you don’t want to reveal. Be sure to keep the right and left sides different from each other, so it’s not too symmetrical. Lastly, don’t forget to give the backside a little love. I opted to keep those cuts mostly to the pockets and cuffs. This whole process should take no more than about 5 minutes. Adding bleach or white paint splatters would be a fun touch too…
3. Wash and dry em! This is where the real work is done, and all you have to do for it is catch another episode of Orange is the New Black before they’re ready to wear. It’s important that you wash AND dry them in the dryer because the majority of the fraying happens in the dryer. They will continue to fray with more washes, which is a big part of the fun.
Annnd voila! Boring shorts they are no longer! Try them on and feel free to pull on any of the holes if you want them to be a bit bigger. Let me know how your DIY ripped denim shorts turn out! I plan to wear mine nonstop this weekend and break in those rips even more.
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Free People bralette / BOET necklace / Luxury Fashion cuff / Raquel Allegra dress / Kate Moss for Top Shop gilet / Gold Hawk tunic / MSGM sandals / Daisy & Elizabeth robe / Mara Hoffman bikini / Christopher Kon bag / Tim Ryan skirt / Minnetonka boots / Each x Other shorts
Row 1: Love From Cyprus
Love From Cyprus – Handmade products from artists around Cyprus including bracelets, shoes, and bags.
Worthwhile Paper – An earth-friendly shop filled with screen printed stationary and paper goods
Meg A. Myers Designs - Glass terrariums made by hand from recycled window glass
Urban Walls – Add some personality to your rental with these awesome wall decals
Sharp Tooth Studio – Embroidered mini banners that add character to any wall
Yang Yang Dreamhouse – Pillow covers and other quirky knits
Just Wanderlust - Rustic, simple leather accessories
Megan Wright Design Co – A stationary boutique offering personalized gifts and pretty office supplies
Cardboard Christmas – Home decor made from recycled cardboard
shadowbox / Nasty Gal necklace / Erica Weiner earrings / Tory Burch phone case / Pied a Terre romper / Givenchy slip-ons / Christian Dior brooch / Chiara Ferragni loafers / Mother of Pearl top / Sophia Webster heels / Charlotte Olympia clutch / Mother of Pearl skirt / Fornash earrings / Zara vase / Oscar de la Renta ring / Oscar de la Renta paperweight / Monki Almira tote
Creepy crawlers in the coolest of ways – these glamorous bugs dance the line between fab and frightening. Take the sweeter side with an intricate butterfly or an edgy route with golden beetles and sparkling spiders. These are the only bugs you’ll allow to make a home in your dresser.
Sass & Bide tank / Alice & Olivia skirt / Markus Lupfer tee / Kate Spade bangle / Rebecca Minkoff crossbody / Dannijo cuff / Kenneth Jay Lane earrings / Victoria Beckham sunglasses / Michael Kors heels / Rag & Bone shorts / Equipment blouse
Whenever I’m putting together a list of my top must-have wardrobe staples, denim is always front and center. I’m not just talking about jeans – it’s everything from jackets to vests, rompers, and shirts, which are all perfect things to have on weekly rotation. And the best part is that you don’t even have to avoid wearing more than one piece in an outfit. While “denim on denim” used to spark bad thoughts of cowgirl costumes or that horrendous Justin/Britney matching denim moment, there actually are countless chic ways to mix your denims which the world is embracing now. The biggest key in rocking this trend is to mix up the weights and/or the tones of denim you’re wearing. So if it’s a thick pair of jeans, you can easily wear a lightweight chambray on top. If you’re wearing mid or darker toned jeans, you can definitely rock a bleached jacket, and so on and so forth. Just avoid wearing a top and bottom that are the exact same color tone and texture, and you’re totally good to go.
1. Rag & Bone jacket / 2. Hat Attack baseball cap / 3. Frame Denim skinny jeans / 4. Accessorize Millie Chambray shorts / 5. Current/Elliot pencil skirt / 6. J Crew western shirt / 7. Frame Denim le garcon jean / 8. Madewell top / 9. Robert Rodriguez crop top / 10. Gap chambray romper / 11. Current/Elliot chambray shirt / 12. J Crew pants / 13. Top Shop midi skirt / 14. Current/Elliot overalls / 15. J Crew shorts / 16. Current/Elliot vest
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1. Shoe Cult pumps / 2. A.P.C. tee / 3. Auden star cluster necklace / 4. Easy-Lite sparklers / 5. Adidas iPhone case / 6. Current/Elliot jeans / 7. J.Crew swimsuit / 8. Yves Saint Laurent lipstick / 9. Wildfox sunglasses / 10. Forever 21 tank / 11. Modcloth picnic blanket / 12. Michael Stars hat / 13. Birkenstock sandals / 14. Rebecca Minkoff cross body / 15. Avant Garde Paris earrings / 16. LemLem shorts
It’s the last weekend before the 4th of July, which means nails are already getting painted in stars and stripes and BBQ plans are underway. This holiday is my most favorite in terms of fashion inspiration because it’s the epitome of laid back, fresh and summery. Personally, I like to take my Americana with a tattered, rocker glaze in favor of the more refined preppy stripe version but it’s all fun whatever your style. Whether you’re outfit plotting for the 4th, or just planning to throw on whatever will get you to the beach fastest, have a great pre-4th weekend!
Next up in the Wedding Guest 101 series is one of my personal favorites, the city wedding! While any wedding setting creates a fun challenge to find the right outfit, city weddings are the ones where we get to push the envelope a bit. There’s something about the urban setting where an eclectic mix of people come together and everyone expects to see some good style. That’s not meant to be an intimidation factor, it’s meant to be an inspiration factor. Nothing you wear is going to be “too stylish” in a big city, so I say try a trend you’ve been eyeing and really go for it! Either start with an elegant LBD (or anything classic) and take it in your own direction with some unexpected statement accessories, or find a really exciting dress with a graphic pattern and do a little color play. These are the type of pieces you’ll be able to wear again, maybe dressed a bit more casually for a girls night out or a date, so they’re fun to shop for.
1. Neil Barrett sweatshirt / 2. Kate Spade racing clutch / 3. VEDA leather jacket / 4. Kenzo color-blocked shirt / 5. Rag & Bone jeans / 6. Burberry Sport watch / 7. Society 6 by Zuno phone case / 8. Katheleys Vintage cuff / 9. Vans slip-on sneaker / 10. Current/Elliott denim jumpsuit / 11. Topshop necklace / 12. Tibi boot / 13. Proenza Schouler bucket bag / 14. Ray Ban aviators / 15. Opening Ceremony sweater
This past winter I got to work on a new series for TruTV called Motor City Masters, a reality competition series to find the next great car designer. It was certainly a world that’s far from my usual styling projects, but that’s what made it so awesome. I was in charge of dressing all the judges, including our two permanent mentors: editor-in-chief of Automobile magazine (and avid hat collector) Jean Jennings, and movie car designer Harald Belker (yep – he’s designed cars for Iron Man, Batman, Spiderman, Transformers, etc), along with a slew of awesome celebrity guest judges. You should check out the show which premiers tomorrow! There’s a lot of amazing talent and passion amongst the contestants – I was continuously blown away at what they would pull together in such a short amount of time. Best of all, I was really into the fashion inspiration I got from working on the show. Lots of color blocking with black, white, and primary colors as well as a few checkered flag patterns thrown in from time to time, which has continued to show up in my own wardrobe since working on the show.