Summer is juuust around the corner. As final exams wrap up, we’re finally looking forward to beach days, warm nights by the bonfire, outdoor workouts + enjoying an ice cream cone [or two ; )]. But when you get around to unpacking all of your college things back home, you might start to realize your closet isn’t quite as ready as you are for the seasons [+ the temps] to change. Luckily, you don’t need to spend a ton of money to look cute between spin classes, road races, + day trips with other chaargies. With just a pair of scissors + a ruler, you can instantly turn an old or used pair of jeans into a look that *everyone* will be asking about —
1] FIND YOUR PAIR
This DIY project works best if you’re using jeans that are looser-fitting, or about 2 sizes bigger than you’d normally wear. You can also check out the men’s section at thrift stores, consignment shops, or your local Goodwill for an easy [+ cheap!] high-waisted look.
2] MAKE YOUR MARK
Using a ruler or measuring tape, start at the inseam of each leg and mark how long you’d like your shorts to be. It’s best to start out longer, with an inseam of about 4 inches or so — you can always try ‘em on + shorten more afterwards until you’ve found your perfect fit. Draw a straight hemline from this point across each leg with a piece of chalk [so it washes off easily].
3] WALK THE LINE
Cut across the lines you’ve marked. At this point, you can really get creative with your new shorts by rolling them up, cutting holes or tears for a distressed look, or sewing fun patches + lacework onto the back pockets. Make this project your own!
4] WASH + WEAR
Toss your shorts into the washer to get rid of any excess chalk lines + they’ll be ready to wear on a walk with friends, bike ride, or lazy day under the sun. : )
Put your extra free time this summer to good use by investing in a DIY project that’ll get you through every heat wave, still lookin’ fine. Will you wear your new creations with sneakers, sandals, crop tops, or bathing suits? Make sure to share ‘em on Insta!
+Alyssa [amatts_inchaarg] // UConn CHAARG