I used to not cut up expensive pairs, but I figure if something cost me upwards of a hundred bucks I'd rather be...wearing it.
Let's talk tips!
- Always always always put the jeans on first and make sure you really would like them better as shorts before you pick up the scissors.
- With the jeans on, use a pen to make a little dot where you want the shorts to end (I usually cut right around where my fingertips hit my leg).
- Err on the side of making them longer – you can always cut more off later – and remember that if you're planning on cuffing them or letting them fray, you'll lose a little length that way.
- Remove the jeans, and cut the leg that you've marked, angling slightly down towards the inner seam (that is not a spot where you want to accidentally remove too much fabric). Fold the jeans in half, then cut the second leg to match the first.
- If you're looking for a frayed effect, run over the edges (and any additional areas you'd like to have a "worn" look) with a steak knife, and then throw them in the wash.
- Think outside-the-box. If you're not into the short-shorts thing, try cutting a pair so that they hit at the knee, then rolling them to make a cute retro style.