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Prada_Loft_Gap_7FAM_Circus_coverI have a few pair of old jeans that have managed to survive several closet purges. With a rule of thumb to consign/donate/toss anything that has not been worn in the past 6 months, it’s a miracle these jeans survived the purges.  I keep thinking, “I’ll wear them again, right?” Well, some of them haven’t see the light of day in over a year. Having some free time over the long weekend, I decided to give one lucky pair another chance.

I am no diy-er, so an easy-to-follow tutorial was key. I figured, why spend my hard earned cash on a pair of ripped shorts when I could destroy a pair myself? In my search on the world wide web, I came across this great blog: In Honor of Design. She has a whole DIY section, including a tutorial on Distressed Denim Cutoff Shorts. Only three tools are needed: chalk (a white crayon worked for me), exacto knife and tweezers. One tip: decide on the length of the shorts and add an extra few inches to that. I found myself correcting my cuts, which meant I lost a little bit of length each time! I think I did OK for a first-timer. Defn gonna give this another go; wish me luck!

Are you a fan of distressed denim shorts?

Outfit Details:

Aviator Sunglasses: Prada Outlet, $129. A few aviators at much lower price points: (1) Nordstrom: FE NY Aviator Sunglasses, $22 and (2) Urban Outfitters: Highway Aviator Sunglasses, $4.99. A STEAL!

Open Cardigan: Loft, $49.40 / paid $24.75. I purchased this in-store while there was a 50% off promo. Loft is ever so generous with the sales, so defn wait. No need to pay full price!

Essential Faded V-Neck Tee: Gap, $22.95 / paid $10.  Use code TREAT and save 20%. For the most part, Gap tee’s do go on sale. And when they do, I stock up!

Druze Necklace: Loft, $9.99. I found this in a bin full of super marked down necklaces. Unfortunately, it is no longer available. Want something similar? Check out Belquist for an amazing selection of quality druze necklaces. Brittany is the sweetest and has the best taste in home decor!

Flamingo Mini-Purse: Shiraleah c/o Ku De Ta.

Slip-Ons: Circus by Sam Edelman, $50. I initially saw them at L&T, but did not have my size. I ended up getting them from Amazon. Since I paid with my Amex points, they count as free, right? If you are shopping at L&T use code FRIENDS to save %25.

6 Comments on Distressed

  1. Jyotsna
    June 11, 2014 at 12:05 pm (4 years ago)

    Love it Linda! Thanks for sharing this, I really want to try it on my old pair of jeans.

    • Linda
      June 11, 2014 at 6:28 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Jyo! give it a whirl!

  2. Megan Stylish + Scatterbrained
    June 13, 2014 at 10:10 am (4 years ago)

    These turned out great!! I have been looking for the perfect pair of distressed shorts, maybe this is my answer! Love the layered necklaces too!

    • Linda
      June 13, 2014 at 6:24 pm (4 years ago)

      I was in the same boat and figured, why not cut a pair up myself! They come out so much better after one wash, too!

  3. Mo
    June 20, 2014 at 1:09 am (4 years ago)

    Loving this casual look on you! Great job on the DIY!

    • Linda
      June 20, 2014 at 7:16 am (4 years ago)

      thanks girl! although i need you to teach me some of your diy!