DIY Your Own Frayed Jeans
All you need are pants and decent motor skills.
I’ve been noticing frayed edges on a lot of jeans lately. And though not by any stretch of the imagination is it a new trend, it’s feeling fairly fresh again. Blame it on Yasmin Sewell — whose lower body is pictured above as photographed by Tommy Ton wearing a pair of Nicholas Kirkwood heels and what looks like a wrap-me-up-and-let’s-take-a-nap friendly big pink sweater.
When I initially saw the photo on Style.com during London Fashion Week, I saved it to my desktop. Days later, like some sort of snail reincarnate who’s just acquired internet from the North Pole, Amelia e-mailed me with a link to the same photo accompanied by a caption that desperately read: “This! I want to be this!”
See, what’s so great about an indispensably cool style cue that resonates almost immediately but yet appears spectacularly simple to attain is that it usually is that simple to attain. And because in this case it’s coming off an aspirational street style slideshow, that sense of, “I could do this!” makes actually doing it feel, I don’t know, more “exclusive.”
When I took to copy and pasting, I realized that I had no jeans frayed at their edges and wasn’t willing to crop a pair I’d already owned so I did what any smart person would do and went to Uniqlo where I found myself knee deep in a wall (not literally inside of it, in case you’re wondering, but pretty close) of men’s jeans. I wanted them straight, not skinny, and to fit somewhat loosely which is why I didn’t even think to bother with the ladies section.
I studied the broad selection and settled on a pair of dark wash slim legs in a men’s size 28. They were obviously very long but that didn’t matter as I’d be cropping them anyway. When I took them home, I learned that they fit like a really great pair of mid-rise ladies jeans. I marked the ankles where I’d be cutting and with the same scissors I use on my hair, performed my version of The Chop.
Then I drove into my trove of clothes with a tractor and ruined everything!
All of it!
I pulled out a Céline shirt that I bought at a sample sale (any oversized shirt will work to achieve this look, though — and the ones from Uniqlo are actually great) and a pink and red sweater — though, again, any bright or pastel offering should work. I paired the two layers with the jeans and those so-bad-they’re-great leopard print rhinestone pumps we’re always talking about and: paste. That was that.
I’m pretty pleased with the outcome, but what do you think?