My favorite type of jeans to use for the “vintage, high-wasted, cut-off look” are pretty much any brand of 80’s jeans- The ones that do not give any shape to your curves whatsoever? Yeah those! They’re pretty easy to find in the thrift store! I found these ones in the men’s section and they were perfect!
10 minutes, plus washing
Pen for marking
1. Put your jeans on and use a pen to mark where you want your length to be (shorts, capris, etc). Keep in mind that tattering can shorten the length a bit so you may need to give yourself an extra inch or so when marking where you’ll want the length to end up.
2. Cut the jeans along your marking. I like to cut one pant leg and then fold the jeans and cut the other pant leg to make both sides even with each other.
3. Next, you are going to make a small horizontal cut into the jean and use your fingers to tear it into a large hole. (note: the hole might tear completely through the hem leaving it unattached but that’s what you want in some areas! It leaves it more messy and less uniform, which I think looks best!
4. Cut as many holes as you’d like (and wherever you’d like). I chose to make the holes on both the front and the back and to keep them next to the hem on these.
5. Once you have made all of the tears, wash and dry your jeans. Washing is a must! It completes and perfects the fraying process and makes a huge difference than just throwing them in the dryer.
After washing and drying:
See them worn, here
PROJECT COST: $4