Art of The Slit Pant

Leandra Medine | November 14, 2011

This week in ways to rule Monday and not let Monday rule you: slit pants. And while I wish this was more a story about the hazards of non-stretch-too-small denim, it’s not. No, this is more about giving your shoes another reason to celebrate themselves. Which brings me back to my point about ruling your Monday. Because, you know, exposed well-crafted footwear rule every day of the week.


Image via 5inchandup

I’d seen these interesting sweatpant-esque grey pants on bloggers like Sandra from 5 inch and up (photographed above) and Elin from Style by Kling. After doing some hefty–and by hefty I mean clicking the multiple links-to-buy–research I learned they were the same pants, by Nowhere, sold virtually…nowhere. In the United States, at least. It was disheartening but I figured I’d move on. And then I didn’t. I couldn’t disregard the notion of long pants that acted to flatter and elongate the leg in the very same way that say, flared pants do, while simultaneously allowing a rad shoe to show itself off, correcting one of the biggest downfalls of bell bottoms. So I put my thinking cap on and did a little closet investigating. After ruining snipping up a couple pair of too-short-to-work jeans, I found a fairly new pair of McQ bumster jeans. I hadn’t been able to wear them too often as they were too long, and yet to skinny. Eureka, snip et voila:


Jeans: McQueen, Pumps: Chanel

See that! Like a peep show, for the foot. And this does after all qualify for some good grade A shoe porn. Roight, roight? Yes sure, I’ll admit that it’s a fairly amateur cutting job but I figured, if I could properly chop my own hair, jeans shouldn’t be too hard either. Doesn’t the raw innocence of a couple uneven ripped hem lines just add to the overall allure? …No? Come on, see the vision. One more photo for good measure.


Really, a peep show. And veiny feet chic. What do you think now? In case you intend to try it yourself here are a couple things I learned while doing the deed: 1. The jeans must be long. If they’re too short you’ll end up looking like an overgrown elf in proper elf small attire, think 3.1. 2. The leg should be fairly skinny. If it’s not, it sort of defeats the purpose of the entire project. Flare legs are flared already…duh. 3. When snipping, literally snip. A small incision at dead center of the front of the jean will do. After that’s done start tearing at the rip with your hands. Makes everything look more organic. And we are all about Whole Foods.


Check me out checking my slits out. Gosh, this feels to meta. Now…say for the heck of it, you were me and I were domestic dog of some sort with a opposable thumbs, how would I we caption to following photo?

Yup, you guessed it: Humans! They’re just like us! They pee on trees!

Jacket: Carven, T-shirt: Chaser, Necklace: DANNIJO

Finally, a normal shot to show you how perfectly the full outfit comes together. I’d argue it’s most likely due to the newly snipped jeans. My legs aren’t really that long, you see. It’s an awesome illusion, and repeller or not, let’s be real: we all want miles for legs. Roight, roight? Okay now, your turn. I think. Are you going to host a peep show for your feet? Should you choose to, do share. Before I send you off though…

Figured you may have been interested in an accessory zoom so here you have it. Proenza Schouler PS11, DANNIJO arm party to the left, Jennifer Fisher to the right. Okay for real now, chop, chop, get snipping! Man, I slay myself. Pun intent squared.

Photos by Aram Bedrossian

  • Sarah

    Haha! This reminds me of Junior High when we slit the sides of our jean legs to fit over Doc Martens…everything does come back in style one way or another.

  • Raspberry & Rouge

    That is amazing!! XO Rebecca

  • Natasha Z

    Those jeans are awesome! Having trouble transitioning from my skinny jeans back into the now fashionable again flare jeans, so this is a perfect compromise! Thanks!!

  • Melissa

    This is one of my favorite looks of yours ever. Well done, woman.

  • The Fashion Cloud

    everything does come back at some point or another indeed :), those pumps are spakling galore, wonder if I tip a bag of glitter over my heels if I would get the same effect 🙂

    nice outfit



  • Inhale | Fashion and Beauty

    indeed all comes back.. love the new jeans with the same effect using a zipper..

  • Taye Anita

    love this look, i'm getting my scissors out now haha !



  • Fanny

    Elin Kling is the founder of Nowhere 🙂


  • Elizabeth {Pearls & Pugs}

    So fabulous. I love wearing my slit jeans with my Lita booties, it is always a winning combination.

  • lateybirdy

    loving your pumps. love. pure love.

  • amandalamode

    I love this! I'm going to try this with a pair of jeans I never pull out of my closet!

  • Ruvic

    Thanks Man Repeller! going to do some snipping before going to bed.


  • Minnie and Daisy

    This looks really cool! And easy to DIY aswell! Only bad thing: It's too cold to wear it in Germany :'((


  • From Saks to Salvation

    I love the snipped look & was so hoping it would make a comeback soon. This is why I love fashion & your blog. Maybe they are one in the same?? Great heels, too.

  • Acqua Allegoria

    What do I need to snip to get more shots of that bag? Dyyyyyying! Shoes aren't half bad either…

  • Melissa

    loved this style when I firs saw it onthe 5 inch and up blog and you did a pretty good job yourself. And I am in love with your ps11!

  • CupcakesOMG!

    dang gurl, who knew you were so crafty…this is actually pretty killer and i do intend to rock this look myself!


  • Naina

    I want to give you a big sloppy kiss for coming up with this DIY.
    I'm going to go home, pull out some scissors, and shear (read:snip) away at that pair of bell bottoms in my closest that see less light of day than glittery vampires.

  • Sugar with Spikes
  • Su

    I like your outfit!!! So different & great!!

  • things – collection

    like that way to give shoes a new life!

  • Habiba. J

    After reading this post and falling in love with those jeans, I think they came out amazing. This is just a brilliant idea, never thought of it but would love to do a diy of it. I love the jewerly and the Proenza Scholeur PS11. I would love it if you checked out my blog, I have interesting fashion posts you might enjoy reading.

  • Doni Brown
  • modern Suburbanites

    you look great! i love those heels.

  • Caitlin
  • anne marie

    I love your bag !
    Good idea for the jeans…

  • CeCe & NuNu

    lovely blog!

    we definitely followed! 🙂


  • adahliavolk

    Pumps and bag are fantastic! What a great way to show off those shoes

  • Lauren Kent

    look great, but i won't be trying it myself..

  • Olivia

    LOVE the slit!! so cool!


  • kristina@beancakes ★

    gorgeous! i love your entire look here!!
    xx ~ k

  • Bespoke Biddie

    Great Idea!
    Now just to find pants long enough….


  • Kate

    ha! i did this recently but have since cut them into crops.


  • Skinny Moonstick

    Yay! Perfect idea! All of my pants are uber-long, so, skinny-long-jeans, here I come (plus a pair of nice chic scissors)!!!
    Good luck!


    Not to bad. Love the bag!

  • Kate

    Looove this idea! But I'd probably snip it wrong and end up having to cut them into shorts!

  • L.


  • Anonymous

    Man Repeller, call me your stylist in shining sequins… look what I just found on;=2623&sh;=0&pge;=3&pgesize;=20&sort;=-1&clr;=Black

    Enjoy! xxx

  • vanillachic

    Such an awesome look and one I would have never have envisioned for myself…but I may have to just try it out for myself, esp if the commenter above me is in fact correct!

  • hannahstiff

    Ok, i have pants like these I bought in the boy's section of an H&M; in Spain years ago and everyone makes fun of me for them. I'm bringing them back with a vengeance! Thanks! XO

    Real budget, real body fashion:

  • Mia from 123456789smiling

    They came out amazing!
    I have the nowhere trackpants and they are perfect !!

    Here you can see my post with them combined with a celine-ish denim shirt:

  • Caitlin

    Loving the exposed shoes!! They look awesome! Totally crushing on the bag also!!


  • Kelly
  • takeachicpill

    love the roughed-up glam of the shoes and the slit-up denim


  • CK

    I am very impressed with your creativity in this post. I am a short petite gal myself so the story of my life has been that skinny jeans are always so long on me. Definitely going to try this one out for the weekend!

  • Isabel, Wake up & smell the azahar

    It's a nice idea, a good way to use again a old pair of jeans I guess.

  • Jennifer

    love this, don't think i have any suitable jeans sadly. those pumps are soo pretty x


    Oh my goodness, I love that look! Those Chanel shoes are gorgeoussss.


  • Beckerman Girls

    Sorry we missed you in our hometown, Toronto at holts babe! We would have been there in a second but we were in LA for a week visiting our sis!!! We'll defn' hit ya up the next time we are in NY for some FUNNNN!!! We man repel like no others! Big hug!!! mwahhhs
    xoThe Beckerman Girls

  • The Artful Poser

    Slit-ilicious! Immediately gonna slit my teal adidas track pants!!!!

  • Vasilieva

    love this front slit, totally cool and definitely something new



  • Devi

    Great idea!! love the splitting pants! stunning! I love your bag too! 🙂

    xx Devi

  • Shush Charlotte

    Those shoes are…Beautiful!!!


    ultimate man repelling ! haha i love your arm party.

  • Remove before flight

    Really flatters both the legs and the shoes:)

  • Devon

    I used to do this to all of my pants in High School. I thought it was so cool to cut my pants up… maybe I'll give it another go, now that the trend is coming back 🙂


  • lucillejoy

    such a small but all important detail!

  • Kerstin

    Perhaps you could ask Elin if she could buy you a pair of those trousers while she's in Sweden? She surfs the Atlantic sea on a regular basis (Stockholm – New York, that is). Shouldn't be that hard 🙂 The reseller ( is just now keeping X-Small and Small in stock.

  • Anonymous

    Oh no! How awful! Please, for the love of denim, ladies.. Please, do NOT make your jeans look like this.

  • Carmo

    i don't love… but, you look good in everything, so… 😉

  • Serea

    So Funny!!!

  • This Trend That Trend

    Such a great idea- definitely doing this! Love it, love your creativeness!
    Twitter: @thistthattrend

  • Mary



  • Leslie

    this is so innovative. I actually think I'm going to do this.

  • Yara

    Great look, even better writing! You made my monday 😉 ghehe
    With love, Yara from !

  • Anonymous

    oh yeah!! this is the best idea ever… I am running to my closet and picking the right jeans to slit in the front
    love you
    great style, shoes and bag
    kisses from Brazil

  • Gabriela

    i want your shoes sooo badly!

  • Anonymous

    Love your style an LOVE your sense of humour!!

  • Audrey (hkittygirl)

    I want your purse! It looks great and I like how this is a compromise between skinny and flare jeans! ^^

  • jas
  • Sheyla

    Best post ever and a great idea! Roight, roight? Must do this soon. Thanks for the tip!

  • Carotte

    I find this outfit one of the less Man Repeller of your blog: it's so pretty!

    And those Chanel heels are magnifique! If you ever have the foolish idea of selling them, I'll be glad to cut my heel Cinderella-style so that they fit..

  • blonde vivant

    It's the Man Repeller version of a DIY Project!

    <3 Blonde Vivant

  • Hannah

    Love your blog, I just found it!

  • Michelle Lee

    Amazing DIY

  • Claire

    i love veiny hands and feet…as long as the person is hot and you is girl, you is! and on hot guys….swoooooon

  • The life after

    I adore the purse!!

    The Life After

  • Carolina Sundell

    Great DIY and I love your heels, I really see why you want to show them.

  • Anonymous


  • absolutely mrs k

    i never thought that i would share so many trends with you! slit pants and the thakoon jacket, and still we have our own style! fabulous to see

  • 2.0 style blog

    they say that history repeats itself, and fashion comes back! I remember wearing pants that way back in highschool 🙂 looks great on you 🙂 love the shoes!

  • Her Persona
  • sketch42

    LOVE. And I think those first pants are ZARA. I know they made ones EXACTLY like that, cause I have them.

  • Guenda

    so cool! I'll do it on my pants too!
    ciao from italy

  • thefashionguitar

    GREAT idea!

    XO Charlotte

  • Petite

    This reminds me how fashion is cyclical. I love your blog!

  • C

    OMG your good. Thanks for making amazing fashion posts, that make me laugh.

  • Anonymous

    Elin Kling is residing in New York at the moment, so drop her a few lines and maybe you can get those nice pants 😉

  • karina


  • ShoeTease

    I'd die for a pair of those fabulous Chanel Pumps!! A "wow" is definitely in order!

  • Tu – Stealing Style

    I love my ps11 and glad such a cool girl like yourself has one too!!!

    new interview on my blog

  • realelinkling

    Your pumps, i would litterally kill for them. KILL for them!

  • The Wilder Things

    LOVE the slits in the pants! How edgy.

  • thamoon

    PEEP SHOW, CREEP SHOW…where did you get those eyes….

    YA HEARD..??

  • Anonymous


  • Nuit

    ok. this is ALL KINDS of amazing!!!

  • Nicole @ Giraffelegs

    You pull this this off spectacularly!

  • Sylvia @ 40PlusStyle

    Such a good idea. I love it!

  • Lydia

    It's like the boot cut for cool girls. I dig it.

  • Anonymous

    Genius! It's the Elongated Leg 2.0

    In sewing nerdiness news, there's this amazing product called FrayAway. You drizzle it along a hacked edge like you have there, it turns into a thin plastic film & the cutting line doesn't fray to bits in the wash. You can also then trim the edge to hide evidence of the hacking.


  • michaela

    love your slit! i used to do this with my jeans at the inside side seams to get a little more flare out of my flares but i love the slit in the center, shoe porn for sure…i think there is a pair of jeans in my closet waiting to be snipped!

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