DIY Embellished Denim Shorts

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Vintage high-waisted denim shorts are all the rage lately, and being crafty is always in style.  The latest project must are these embellished jorts (jean shorts.)

This is my favorite kind of DIY – the kind that produces something totally wearable.  (This summer I’m attempting shorts.  I’ll let you know how it goes.)

And, fun fact: denim styles from the 80s and 90s are naturally high-waisted, because before women discovered fitted jeans worn daringly close to the bum, women of all ages wore jeans at about belly button level.  This was considered the style.  Terrifying, I know.  Essentially, way back when (a.k.a., my formative years … thank goodness I moved on), mom jeans were like totally awesome.

Now when it comes to vintage anything, I take my first shopping spree in my mom’s closet.  Trust – your mom owns or owned a pair of Jordache, Guess, Riders, or Levi’s jeans – these are all blissfully boxy and perrrfect for our little DIY.  If your mom weighed 83 pounds in high school or ritually burned all of her tacky jeans, swallow sadness, and head on over to your local thrift store.  Buy the nerdiest boxy mom jeans and head home with a vengeance.  Chop off bottoms, roll up legs to desired short length, and get to embellishing (break out your bedazzler – you know you wanna).  Studs look best along seams, fabric can be cut into pockets, and fringe is the perfect pocket accessory.  Et voila!


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  1. I love the grey and white on the pockets!

  2. what a great idea! I love the pocket studs!

  3. I use to make fun of my mom for wearing her jeans so high all the time! I would tell her that the back pockets were suppose to lay over her butt, not her back…haha! Those shorts look super fun, thanks for the tutorial!

    By the way, thanks for stopping by my blog!

  4. Stephanie

    Those are pretty darn cute, thanks for the tutorial!

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