Another summer, another pair of shorts. I never quite understood the anxiety around summertime and shorts. I always managed to find or make classic cut-offs from thrifted vintage denim. I even planned ahead and hunted for the ideal jeans to snip mid-winter, but when summer solstice rolled around this years crop of shorts didn't make the cut cause they couldn't zip up. It seems my waist grew 2 inches in 6 months—and honestly—I didn't mind the inches. What I did mind was thighs that look and feel like suffocating sausage links in shorts. I'd planned to snip and stitch the outer seams to help relieve some thigh pressure, but being unable to wiggle that top button closed, the shorts were useless to me.
This started my search for the perfect summer short. I wanted something polished, yet laid back with plenty of room for fuppa and thighs to hang loose and chill out in the summer heat. I tried a paper-bag waist pair that fell short of my expectations. The built in belt didn't keep tight and my husband gave me the grave news I needed, but didn't want to hear—they swallowed my figure whole. I'm all for trying new styles, but if I've learned anything over the years it's that fit is queen. And these street style shorts sat super wonky on my frame. Up on eBay they go! Another pair bites the dust.
With a departing flight to Barcelona one week away, I ran to my local vintage emporium—Aubergenie—to find the perfect vintage jeans to chop for my trip. I tried on 10 pairs and found my frugal fashion fix champion! A vintage pair of 100% cotton Levi's 550's—a zippered mid-rise cut with some extra wiggle room in the thighs. Just the fit I needed to make some last minute cut-offs pre-vacation. I measured twice and cut once—3.5 inches from the camel toe did the trick. After a quick wash and short tumble dry, I had them! The same shorts I made months before, in a suitable, non-suffocating size. Sometimes you just gotta swallow your pride and snip a new set of shorts cause thighs and fuppa aren't going anywhere.
When it comes to crafting your own cut-offs, here are a few tips:
— Mark your cut line with washable marker.
— Measure twice, cut once.
— Use a rotary cutter and cutting board
— Pull out horizontal threads to create fringe.