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Country Strong: Design Your Own Denim Cut-Offs

I may live in the city, but I’m a country girl at heart. I miss the days running outside barefoot which I’d NEVER recommend on the sidewalks of San Francisco. They can be pretty filthy. Besides being a little bit country, I’m thrifty when it comes to certain trends. This summer, that trend is denim cut-off shorts.

Denim shorts are EVERYWHERE! There’s super cute cut-offs all over fashion blogs, in stores, magazines and celebs are loving them. But, I don’t want to pay $150 for a distressed designer pair of cut-offs. Part of the fun is making them, so I tried a few weeks ago.

 First, I went to a thrift store and bought a pair of Levi’s for $6.99

                                Then I cut and washed them a few times so they’d fray at the end.

 I love nautical stripes so I went with a simple navy and white H&M tank.

Vintage leather clutch from Crossroads Trading Co. ($9)

My favorite part of this trend is you can take a pair of jeans in any color AND…
1. Cut them (it’s always best to be conservative at first, you can always go shorter)
2. Add holes and cuff them if you want
3. Shred & wash until they’re as distressed as you desire
4. You can even let the pockets hang out (but not butt cheeks) -That’s the ONLY rule 😉
5. Wear them with flats, sandals, wedges, sneakers or boots

Hollywood in super tiny shorts to faded washes I haven’t seen since the 80’s

Kate Beckinsale

Reese Witherspoon

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Do you like denim cut-offs this summer?
If so, do you prefer to buy them new or create your own?


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  1. Lost.in.Idaho says:

    I dunno… The ‘pockets hanging out’ look just doesn’t make sense to me. Maybe it’s that I don’t care attitude?

  2. I love them! live in denim shorts in the summer! love how you DIY!!! xo

  3. Chick Flick Journal says:

    Yeah i doooo. The shorter the better!

  4. Alexis the Honey B says:

    love this post! i’m going to my local thrifstore THIS weekend to find a pair to do this to!!!

  5. yeah I think they’re pretty cute- I dunno about the pockets tho…
    btw you look great here 😀

  6. Oh my goodness!! You look absolutely gorgeous doll. Love all the photos and now want to make me a pair.

    <3 Marina

  7. B.Inspired says:

    Love these posts with you in them! $6.99?? These shorts are WAAAY better than the $150+ I see from COH, TR, and Paige! I bought my jorts at F21 for $15 but $8 saved is $8 earned 😉

  8. Charlotte B says:

    Hey hun, I love denim cut offs, I did a post with my hollister ones recently!! Love how you have made these, they look great. Really good use of vintage items too, love the bag xx Great post x

  9. i LOVE cut offs

  10. love the whole outfit ,the shoes,the clutch ,everything 🙂
    i followed you on FB


  11. Pretty Wonderful says:

    you look gorgeous. i love denim cut offs! I love your heels too, i can’t believe they were only $9!

    thanks for your lovely comment on my blog too and for following 🙂

    i love your blog, so i’m a new follower 😀

    Alice x


  12. great job on them! they look great on you!! if I decide to try this trend I’m def utilizing this blog post 🙂


  13. I LOVEEEE those shorts! They’re amazing and I wish I could do something like that but I bet mine would turn out terribly wrong if I attempted that.
    By the way, cute shoes!

    xoxo, Coco

  14. What Sadie Did says:

    These look great! I love denim shorts but need to hit a few step classes before I dare to bare!! Eek! 😉

    Sadie x

  15. Marie-Eve says:

    Love that outfit, you look gorgeous !

    Cutoff shorts always make me think of Daisy Dukes, but I still like them !

    My Blog – A Pretty Nest

  16. marialε says:

    i prefer to buy them, because if i made them, i am afraid to do it wrong. Great look!
    My Fashion Bug

  17. you look so sexy! 😀

  18. loves it! I’m trying these soon! you look so pretty! I went to footsies! it was awesome! haha!


  19. devorelebeaumonstre. says:

    way gorgeous photos. xo


  20. Castle Fashion says:

    I think creating your own cut offs gives them more meaning and special-ness and whatnot. 😀 Your pair came out super cute. And I can’t believe what you paid for those heels :X That’s like stealing! Haha They’re so cute.

    Castle Fashion

  21. Be Inspired says:

    Beautiful photos! I just created my first pair of cutoffs a few weeks ago and I love them! You are so pretty and thanks for stopping by my blog!

  22. I love cutoffs! You look cute as always!

  23. cryskay says:

    girL…. you look hot in those denim shorts!!! i think i was meant to live in the south because i loooove everything about nashville. xx

  24. You look amazing in those shorts!! Love your shoes and clutch..great finds for the price.

    Heel in Mint

  25. Gorgeous!Love this look!You re very beautiful!

  26. Yelena Starikova says:

    WOW!!! You are stunning!!!
    Im your new follower!

    Come check us out!


  27. il était une fois... says:

    LOVE! especially rosies look with that light knit! xx


  28. I love denim cut offs, I’ve been buying quite a few pairs of them recently. Just wish we had some better weather to wear them xxx

  29. Of course I love cut-offs, they’re no.1 trend this summer. I would possibly buy new ones, but with plenty of spare time and creativity it’s better to do own pair 🙂 love this post,


  30. You are cute as a doll! Love this set! I’m following for sure! 🙂

  31. I love your combination ! 🙂 xx

  32. Your denim cutoffs are really cute and a summer essential! Great job making them 🙂

    star-crossed smile

    Also, I’m having my one-year blog birthday giveaway and I would love for you to enter if you like! 🙂

  33. Miss Bias says:

    You rock the cut off denim. Hotness! Love those shoes too.

    Miss Bias

  34. Precious says:

    Awesome tutorial, I’m going to try this 🙂 They look amazing!

    Enter my current giveaway!

  35. Cute photos! It’s been so hot in Toronto recently, I’ve been living by my denim cutoffs


  36. Lindsey says:

    Just purchased my first pair of denim shorts since middle school, and I am in love!

    New to the blog and love it already!
    Best, Lindsey


  37. Denim shorts are always great for the summer and wow, look at you! So fab and hot!:D

    ***** Marie *****

  38. Bad Joan says:

    That clutch is wonderful. Want one!


  39. Loving this look on you, looking good I love this trend and I love how you recreated it.

    MiMi xoxo

  40. Thanks for all the comments and compliments 😉 Glad people are liking denim cutoffs too 🙂

  41. OMG babe, you look insanely gorgeous, I love love love this outfit!! 🙂

    The Cat Hag

  42. Viktória's Style says:

    hey thank you for stopping by and making a comment 🙂 you’re sweet! oh and you’ve got an awesome blog 🙂

  43. I agree! Its better to make your own denim short than spend lots of money. I love your outfit, the result is really great. And and your heels gosh I want one! :))


  44. Miss Independent says:

    i love denim shorts! they’re so versatile as they go with ANYTHING!

  45. you look amazing! The purple nail polish is so gorgeous!
    Come follow my blog darling 🙂

  46. So cute…although I don’t know if I can rock the cut-offs! Ha.

  47. Sabrina says:

    You look so stunning here! Love the heels- they’re a great addition to a classic shirt and denim look.


  48. pinkmate says:

    i love those denim shorts!!! thank you for sharing the DIY!



  49. Love this post! You did a great job! Every time I try to cut my own shorts they end up being horribly uneven haha

  50. Oh to Be a Muse says:

    definitely love letting the pockets hang out. and your heels are awesome!

  51. thank you darling.this post has so many beautiful thing!loved the shorts and the striped top on the first photos.

  52. Martaaa says:

    that’s funny, I was actually planning on buying some denim shorts few days ago:) nice blog and thank you for stooping by:)

    An Interesting Distraction

  53. I lovee denim cut-offs. These photos are awesome. You look great! Awesome pictures.


  54. miss andrea lee says:

    I love denim cut offs too! I’ve tried to make them before but it was a disaster, so I just stick with store bought ones. But maybe I should try again after seeing how cute yours are!

  55. Vanessa, Take only Memories says:

    Wow, you look super sexy in those shorts! Great DIY 🙂

  56. you did an amazing job, they look great!

  57. nice!! i really like it 😉

  58. Mikelle Jade {The Honeypie Archives} says:

    woohoo. good deal, and you did a nice job!

  59. I love your shoes and shorts look amazing!

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  60. After Dreams says:

    you look so gorgeous! ♥


  61. I love them, but I can’t pull them off at all! You certainly can 🙂 Love the ones you made!

  62. Great shorts and tutorial–Sadly I somehow succeed in ruining anything I attempt to “improve.”

    And I love those shoes. Can’t believe they were only eight clams!

  63. Nic Nic says:

    I enjoyed ripping mine a few weeks ago!! I’ve only worn them out once- mine were already “distressed” so it didn’t take much time or effort. I like yours! You have killer legs!

  64. I love how you worked this trend, I am a fan of distressed denim and most of my denim shorts I made myself from jeans I no longer wear. I live in denim cutoffs in the summer and the nautical stripes trend has been my absolute favorite this season!! Great post!!

    Also thanks for following and commenting on my blog, I am now following you back, great blog you have!!

  65. omgosh you almost made me puke on my laptop with how disgustingly good you look in cutoff shorts!!

    haha where is this field you’re taking pictures in????

  66. Janelle Moran says:

    thank u for following me. im following u back. such nice pictures. 😀 lovely shorts and shoes…. 😀

  67. Dressy Celeb says:

    Very nice post!! 🙂


    ♥ Dressy Celeb ♥

  68. Natalie Suarez says:

    super cute! love this! 🙂



  69. Priscilla says:

    love it!

  70. Melissa: Write it in Lipstick says:

    darling you look amazing and this look is perfect great job on the shorts

  71. Dolls Factory says:

    Love the job you have done with the shorts , I need o try for myself to even though I’m bad wih DIY.

    My latest post on the Dolls Factory
    Vintage Shopping in Como, Fendi sunglasses from the 80s
    Let me know what you think. Have a nice weekend.

  72. vanessa74 says:

    WOW, great pics…and i love your shoes!!!

  73. Emily Marie says:

    Soo cute. Love that you made your own – and love your shoes! Have a great weekend!

  74. Dear Girl Wallflower says:

    loved this post, thanks for sharing, your photos are very clear and radiant=)

  75. sartorial diary says:

    great pictures!
    u look stunning!
    and those shoes are beyond fab!


  76. That is pretty awesome! 😀 Nice job. I should try it, but I doubt it would like nice like yours haha.

    Btw, love Crossroads!

    xoxo, Bree


  77. Katherine says:

    Those shorts look beautiful on you! Fantastic job 🙂

  78. The Internet Garbage says:

    Wow you’re rocking this look! The jeans look totally pro! Like they could have been on one of the girls that you are writing about
    The Internet Garbage

  79. love your shorts and shoes!!!


  80. I like the Kate version!

  81. these photos are awesome!! I love denim cutoffs in the summer, I wish it was nicer in SF to wear them with bare legs during the summer. I can’t believe people pay so much for them as is. The only way to do it is to make them yourself!

  82. This is such a great post! You look like a model in your photos, your shoes are SO gorgeous. I want them BAD.

    I love denim cut-offs for the summer, and I’m not good with making my own so I’m all for buying them new! Haha have a great weekend!


  83. I think that is always the best – thrift store, cut them yourself and wear them to death! Love it!!

  84. From Broadway says:

    Cut offs look great on you!

  85. this may be my favorite post yet. when does rosie not look good. ugh. she can rock anything. thanks for another lovely post. I hope you had an amazing weekend. Would love if you’d check out my latest post featuring pictures from my favorite little treat shop in Beverly Hills. Thanks love. xoxo


  86. Angelica Ng says:

    If styled right, I think denim cutoffs can be sooo cute. Although I’m not quite sure about the pockets hanging out…looks a bit weird to me personally. I would go and buy a pair instead of making my own. I can never bear to bring scissors to my clothes, no matter how old and ruined.


  87. Julia Janku says:

    Denim shorts are great ! Even cut-offs are so cute !


  88. love those denim cut offs x

  89. @ Angelica Ng- I know what you mean, I see a lot of comments on the fence about the pockets showing. I used to think it was a look only Britney Spears would wear and I’m not even sure about the pockets-hanging-out look. But I’ve seen so many with the pockets showing like this over the last few months so I tried it. 😉
    @ Shoe comments 🙂 The heels are from a Shoe Warehouse called Footsies in the OC- 6 pairs for $45, totally worth it. There are thousands of pairs to search through. Thanks for the nice words 🙂

  90. a few weeks ago we were in venice beach and EVERYONE was wearing denim cut offs! crazy!

    i really love how you styled that look – the shoes are awesome.

  91. armileen says:

    hahahha those are fantastic tips, thank you, im going to try those out now. and they turned out so pro, and i love the whole country feel! super hot heels too! =)

    and thanks for your very kind comments! =)


  92. glam fashionista says:

    beautiful casual outfit, love that your wore it with heels


  93. Bonniela says:

    Those denim cut-off’s are TO DIE FOR!!!!!
    Love them!!
    Thanks for your comment.
    Following you right back! 🙂

  94. Shang J. says:

    Ooh! You look so chic and hot. I love absolutely everything you are wearing. ^^
    New follower. Hope you follow back too:

  95. Seriously?!?! THose shoes were only $8!!! WOW. I love your DIY on the shorts too!

    Shasie of Live Life in Style
    Wrinkle In Time Vintage Giveaway

  96. Ieva Ukanytė says:

    I LOVE them, you saw that in my blog 😉


  97. Love the outfit! And those shoes…that clutch…gorgeous!!!

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