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DIY Destroyed Denim Cut Offs

destroyed denim shorts alexa chung in denim
destroyed denim shorts

Even though hipster icon Alexa Chung has been rocking destroyed denim cutoffs all winter with tights, it looks like this trend is still going strong. For those of you that rather DIY than invest in high end pre-destroyed denim here is a short cut courtesy of Take an old pair of jean shorts and follow the three steps below, in under an hour you will have the perfect denim cutoff shorts. offers these three steps for an easy DIY project:
1. Lay a favorite pair of shorts over the donor jeans to mark the right length, adding a half-inch for fraying;
2. Cut straight across with sharp scissors;
3. Machine wash and dry to bring out the frayed edges.

Once your shorts are dry, trim the frayed edges so you’re not trailing fringe as you walk down the street. (You will have to periodically tidy up the threads if you wear them for months.)
To perfect your technique, also consider the following upgrades:
* If the front pockets hang at the bottom cut them off halfway down and sew up a new hem. You’re not going to be using them anyway.
* To add bleach spots, fill a tub partway with cold water and add two cups of liquid bleach. Submerge the shorts (wear gloves to protect your hands!) and leave them in the solution until the desired effect has been reached, then wash and dry. You can also paint on bleach with a paintbrush for a more precise effect.
* For artful frays, pull the denim taut over a wooden block and go at it with a cheese grater. Frayed sections will get more thready as you wash and wear them, so tread lightly here.
* To stain them a muddy color, dump used coffee grounds into a bucket and fill with enough water to make the mixture liquid. Leave the shorts in overnight, then rinse and dry.


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