Shopping for shorts, my least favorite activity. Trying on dozens of pairs that just don’t fit right or that are uncomfortable, only to find the PERFECT pair for $100+. As a college student, I don’t have that money. Most of my favorite shorts I have made myself. So, always wanted the perfect distressed pair of shorts or the classic American Apparel cut off look? Well, look no further.
Start by going to your local thrift store. I found my jeans at Goodwill and Family Pathways. Now, its time to dig in. Find different colors or washes you want and try on until you find the pair that fits you perfectly.
Alright, now that you found your perfect pair, its time to have some fun!
I always have to remind myself to start long. You can always make your shorts shorter but its much more difficult to make them longer. For my black pair, the process was pretty simple. I simply cut at an angle, making the sides higher. I then put the shorts on and folded them once or twice and that was it. That easy!
Okay, moving on to the much more time consuming project. Distressing the shorts. My biggest advice here is to have patients. I kept messing up and my shorts kept getting shorter and shorter and shorter.
I recommend using an exacto knife if you have one but if you don’t I just used a scissors and a tweezers. You’ll want to cut two parallel, horizontal lines on the shorts and then begin to pull the blue thread out. It will be the thread that is vertical. This will create the distressed, white stringy look.
If this is your first time making your own shorts you may want to start more simple and just rough up the edges by running your scissors along the rough edge you cut. You can also pull out some of the horizontal white strings. This really creates the frayed, distressed look.