I am clearly obsessed with looking cool. If you read this blog regularly you may be sick of hearing about it by now. I have never been the kind of person who can set trends, but I've always been good at spotting ones that have legs. I'm an early adapter, not an inventor. But my proximity to these concepts put me in a place of being relatively able to mimic being a trendsetter... And so, I would like to get on my soapbox and express my love for the latest trend in denim.
Skinny jeans, the jeans of my people are getting some flack in the fashion scene. They've gone from rare to prolific and so, as with all things in fashion, they want something new. Flares, short flares, wide legs, joggers - anything to stand out in a sea of skinny gams. Here's the problem; fashion no longer confines itself to dictating what people wear. We've been told to be ourselves by the magazines for too long, we listen. We don't need to follow trends. So while some of us who bend more to the will of fashion are bemoaning our skinny jeans, we are likewise reluctant to give up something that we love. Something that flatters us. Something we have locked down in our respective style arsenal.
So what's a girl to do? I've worked some flares into my wardrobe. I like them enough, but they require more heel then I generally like to put into my ensembles. I want something that will make my beloved skinnies feel fresh, feel cool and different, but still keep me in my skinny shinned wheelhouse.
Enter the frayed denim.
I started to see it popping up everywhere - blogs, even this month's Instyle magazine.
I'm currently working on the idea that if you see a lot of cool people do something, then it might be a cool thing. It only works if you like the way the aforementioned thing looks - in this case I do - and also if you can dip your toe into the look without a large investment, ie time/money/labor.
And so, it was with those founding principles in mind that I realized I was coveting the look of ripped bottom jeans. What better way to display the crossed up the ankle shoes/sneakers I love? Or just show a little bit of one of my favorite features aka my ankles? Let in a little bit of a breeze - that feels very spring.
I was sold.
So I set out to get my own pair of frayed jeans. You can find them pre-made but that seemed weird and kind of wasteful. I could do it myself. It can't possibly be that hard right? Right. It's most definitely not.
But after carefully editing my jean collection down during my KonMari, I was fearful of taking the scissors to one of the survivors of the great purge of 2016. So I went to my favorite thrift store - Crossroads on Fillmore. Here's a pro tip, if you want designer jeans for $20 go to the thrift store in the ritzy neighborhood. Who knows why these gems end up in the throw away pile, but such is their life cycle that they can then find a glorious home with me.
So I found these Joe's Jeans - a brand I have always loved in wash, pockets and booty shaping except I don't like the wider leg opening at the bottom. Perfect for chopping!
Then I hit the internet again, with a targeted search in mind. After a flurry of pinning images that I loved, I spent some time just looking at my collection. What had I liked about them? (uneven, boxy high-low hem, and lots of fray being the top contenders...) I also found a best of list that served as my mood board as I picked at the hems.
I will spare you the tutorial in great detail, but should you require one here's a great one from Refinery29: Frayed Jeans How-To
Here's my abbreviated version.
Measure twice. Mark. Measure again. Cut. Watch TV while pulling threads out with tweezers/thin pen until you get desired level of fringe.
Do I look cool?
Seen here with this season's "it" jacket and shoes, aka the bomber jacket and espadrilles.
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