By Jordan Koziol and Heather Hawkes
As spring is approaching and the temperature begins to climb (thank God), we shimmy out of our winter blues and into our fair-weather apparel. There are few better ways to make the adjustment into the warmer months than with a new pair of short shorts. No money? No problem! As always, we’ve got you covered.
Before you throw out those old jeans you don’t really wear anymore, grab a pair of scissors and some chalk and get to work.
1. First, try on the jeans and make sure the waist and thigh areas have a nice fit to them. If they are too tight, your short will bunch in all the wrong places. Jeans that are a little bit looser will have a more desirable cut as shorts.
2. With the jeans still on, use the chalk to mark out a good length. We recommend marking a spot a bit longer than you actually desire because you always have room to make them shorter.
3. Once you have your length marked, you can take off the jeans and begin to cut.
4. Cut along the marked chalk line and throw the jeans back on to see how they fit.
5. If they are longer than you want, keep repeating the chalk marking and cutting until the desired length is achieved. Once you have the right length, you can take a razor to fray the edges and then throw the shorts in the wash to finalize the effect.
Another option is to leave the shorts on and fold up the bottom to make a rolled cuff effect until you reach a length you are happy with.