The weather at the end of summer and the beginning of spring is more flippant and unpredictable than a woman two days into Aunt Flo. One day you’re blotting sweat stains from a silk blouse and the next you’re wishing you’d stowed a cardigan in your tote. Most of my summer was spent sunning my stems in denim cutoff shorts. My jeans barely saw the light of day and probably now have perma-creases from staying stagnant in the depths of my closet. Most people see Labor Day as the end of summer and Fashion Week as the beginning of fall. This is when closet starved New Yorkers begin the purging of their closets. Tiny tanks and strappy sandals are stowed and soft cashmere and slouchy boots take their place. But before you pack away your denim cutoffs for good, let’s examine how some of your favorite summer pieces can have an extended shelf life by working them into your wardrobe with winter wear.
It makes sense that this week’s episode is focused on creating the perfect “Daisy Duke” worthy denim cut offs. A great pair of denim cut off shorts say “summer” like nothing else can. They’re great for a casual day by the pool or running errands and can be dressed up with sexy heels and a silky top for a balmy night out on the town. It may be tempting to just plop down the plastic and splurge on designer denim, but why not make yourself a custom (and less expensive) DIY version instead? It’s much easier than you may think and you won’t be caught wearing the same ol’ same as everyone else.
A few things to keep in mind:
Recycle! This is a perfect way to utilize your old jeans that are just taking up space in your closet.
DO NOT cut the legs off straight across (this will lead to a very “cheeky” situation).
Leave an extra inch of fabric. You can always go shorter!
Be creative. Let your imagination run wild! There are tons of different ways to embellish your shorts.
If you don’t have time to run ‘em through the wash, use a zester and seam ripper to get the fringe going.