Hello Blue Rebel
Love this monogram “KTR” necklace (that resembles my blog logo) but I love it even more since it’s a gift from my dad… Someone else who wears monograms fabulously is one of my fave SF blogger, Atlantic-Pacific, who’s style is impeccable! If you haven’t, make sure you check out her blog.
One of my favorite trend this summer is high-waisted studded distressed denim shorts (that’s a mouth full :). I was looking everywhere from ebay to the usual online stores like NastyGal, ShopBop and UrbanOutfitters, but the ones I really love were well over $200, which I don’t think is worth the price IMO…esp if it’s something that can be made at home.
[Photos by NR] Top: BCBGMAXAZRIA Emma button down silk chiffon blouse Shorts: DIY (see below for tutorial) Glasses: Giorgio Armani / Necklace: Gifted / Shoes: Christian Louboutin Very Prive Purse: Milly Allie Clutch Bracelets: (from top) Michael Kors ‘Collections’ two-tone link chain pave bracelet (similar here), Jest Jewels, DIY wrap bracelets, Rachel Roy friendship, Bar III neon bangle
I was in UrbanOutfitters last week and saw a bunch of “one of a kind” distressed shorts. After inquiring, a sales associate told me those particular shorts were jeans that’s “renewed.” My Translation: Those shorts were denim jeans purchased from thrift stores (or other various vintage shops) for under $10. Then they were cut, distressed, and now selling for $100+.
If I was short on time, I probably would gave in if the exact style and color I wanted was available in stores, but they weren’t… so I set out on yet another DIY adventure to make these babies…and the end result is below. Do you love it?
If you love having the option of choosing your own color, design and like to save some cash, DIY’ing is a good option… It’s super easy to do in a few simple steps and you’ll only need 4 things to create this look:
What you’ll Need
1) A pair of scissors
2) Pyramid studs ($0.99 on ebay for 50 pieces)
4) High-waisted denim jeans (can be found in thrift stores or vintage shops)
Head to your local thrift store and look for a pair of “mommy jeans.” An easy way to find these high waisted denims is by looking for those with really long zippers. Don’t worry if the overall fit is not perfect. As long as it fits your waist and hips, it’ll work! Also, don’t forget to check the men’s section as sometimes you’ll find these pants there. I purchased the above Wranglers for $8, found in the men’s section!
1) After you found your perfect mommy jeans, cut them (diagonally) to your desired length. Start cutting with one leg, then fold the jeans over and cut the other leg.
Tip: Cut them 3-4 inches longer just in case, try them on and work your way up. Also, bare in mind you’ll need to leave at least 1/2 to 1 inch longer for the fraying at the ends.
2) Now it’s time for creating that lovely distressed look. Get a sharp pair of scissors (be careful not to cut yourself!) and create slits wherever your heart desire. Create 3-4 slits in each area leaving about 1/2 between each line. After you’re finish, throw them in the washer and you’re almost done!
Tip: Try not to make your slits too long or else it will end up creating a big hole in the washer. Also, unless you want to shrink your shorts, wash in cold water and dry on low heat.
3) [Optional] After it’s dried, clean around the edges by trimming off the frays that are too long. You don’t have to do this unless you want a clean distressed look.
4) Finally, add the pyramid studs using your tweezer to push down the four ends on the back and that’s it! All done!
Tip: Add the studs wherever you like! On the pocket area, on the side trims, and/or on the back pockets! It’s your personal pair and you can get as creative as you like!
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Not only was this a fun project (almost as fun as my tulle skirt DIY), it was really nice to know I only spent $9 and got exactly what I wanted! :)
Readers: I love to know your thoughts on distressed shorts and if you’re going to make one? :)
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great look! i really like that top! (will be coming back to view the tutorial. gotta make my own!)
Wow, girl this is such a stunning look!
I love the casual yet edgy vibe added with those studded shorts. I need to this to my pair! <3
That shade of blue is just perfect too. Sooo pretty!
You’re gorgeous! The turquoise top really compliments your skin color! Cant believe you made those! Soooo cute!
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What a great idea. I love how yours came out! I am definitely going to give this a try.
Agreed, not down to shell out the big bucks for some distressed shorts. Unless it was made out of gold. Then we’ll see.
I absolutely adore your style and all your looks – you do such a great job styling everything down to the last little detail. :)
i love these studded shorts, love that you paired them with soft, flowy chiffon – perfect! I am a follower on bloglovin and twitter. :)
Aww thank you Ola!
KT Thank you for this tutorial, I never knew it was that easy! I used to used a tweezer and pull each strand individually, can you believe that?!@ Crazy me!! I loved how my shorts turned out, now all I need to do is order some studs to add on. I can’t wait to wear it!!
Wow really! That must have taken a very long time! I’m glad I was able to help and love to see those shorts when you’re finish! xo
You are such a great DIYer! The shorts look great and it’s even better that they only cost you $9
I’m one who can come up with ideas but when it comes to DIY, I suck at it! I totally give up when it comes to DIY.
I like your necklace and pendant. Your dad has great taste and I suppose you got that from him? ;-)
This is an AWESOME look, KT! As you’re well aware, you know that I love my casual/basic looks with some sort of twist, and you exemplify that perfectly with this outfit. :) That DIY looks awesome and easy enough to do–definitely going to have to try this someday!
You look awesome, lady! I might need to try this to add a little Bohemian rebel flair to my summer wardrobe.
I also love how your new KTR necklace matches your blog header–so cute. I’ve been trying to find little raspberry accessories to expand on my raspberry theme, but I haven’t seen anything quite as classy as that pendant! =).
Thanks Tam, I left you a comment with a few links….hope you find something you like! :)
What a beautiful ensemble – your sheer turquoise blouse is so delicate and lovely, and the denim shorts add a perfect, edgy contrast!
I love everything about this outfit! It looks so effecortly chic and trendy and sexy all at once! My favorite thing however has to be your accessories! Those bracelets and especially that MK bracelet is gorgeous. I remeber seeing that bracelet in NYC in December but it was out of my price range. The sales person told me it’s a special edition and they only had one in their store, but when I decided to fork out the funds to get it, it was gone! Hey! Did you get my bracelet?! LOL. :)
Aww I’m sorry Tina! I didn’t get mine in NYC, got it here in Cali…but I really hope you find your bracelet luv. xo
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Hot damn woman you did a fantastic job at this…I haven’t liked cut off jeans in a while,but now I’m back in love with them again!!!
as usual you look perfect and the way you styled them is just so classy yet trendy and sexy!
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Love this outfit! And I am obsessed with cutoff denims! I will most definitely give your tutorial a try since spending $100+ for a pair of second hand “distressed’ shorts is getting out of hand.
Girl you are rocking the hell out of those shorts! You look great as always.
The color of this blouse is beautiful!!! Short’s are so sick and shoes are stunning! Love love this…xx http://www.chicnrock.com
I have seen so many tutorial on distressed shorts and this is hands down the easiest way to get that look!! Thank you for posting!!!! I have to try this!! Also, you look gorgeous, your look is effortlessly elegant and chic and I love your blog!
You are my hero!! I have been stalking these shorts for a few weeks now and was debating on spending $125 on these shorts on NastyGal!!! I am going to a thrift store after work and will have to try this!! OMG so exited!! :D
Please do a show and tell! :)
Wow, the color of your blouse is beautiful!
I looooove it ! You’re wonderful and your outfit too !
Wow….you’re absolutely HOT! I’ve always loved studs on everything!
Wow ! I love it ! You’re wonderful and this outfit too !!!!!
This is smokin hot lady! I never thought these ripped shorts can look this good, great job pairing the rugged look with a dressy top! You look gorgeous!