Frayed Hem + Thrifted DIY

I absolutely love these skinny jeans with the raw hem.  Would you believe it was an easy, thrifty DIY project? Denim trends come and go so quickly that it’s tiring and expensive to keep, but if there’s one type of jean that’s become a modern classic, it’s the artfully destroyed pair. With a hole at the knee or a frayed hem, these are now must have closet staples for the chic fashionista. DIY Frayed Hem - Thrifting Divay DIY Frayed Hem - Thrifting Divay DIY Frayed Hem - Thrifting Divay It is definitely easy to buy ripped-up denim in a variety of washes and fits, but sometimes that cleanly cut frayed hem is a little more difficult to come across.  However, rather than run to the mall, I ran to Goodwill.  Thrift stores always have at least one aisle of jeans, and if you exercise a little patience, you can find a couple of awesome jeans at a very low price.  I found these Banana Republic jeans for $3.50 (50% off day), and knew right away that they would be perfect for my DIY project.

The jeans were not already distressed, but I was going to fix that quickly.  A quick google search and I found several ways to accomplish my look.  Here is the best technique for the frayed hem:

  • Make sure your jeans are clean and crisp. A good washing before a project is always recommended for a style like this. You will only need two tools: A pair of sharp fabric scissors and a seam ripper.
  • After your jeans are clean, mark where you would like to crop (usually 2 inches above ankle is good).
  • Cut evenly across.  You may also cut holes in the jeans by the knees if you desire.
  • Use the seam ripper to pull a few cotton fibers from the raw bottom.  Pull sporadically to give a more natural look and get the desired effect.
  • Throw the jeans in the wash and dryer again.  Your jeans will continue to fray on their own as you wear.  If the cotton threads get too messy, feel free to trim.

DIY Frayed Hem - Thrifting Divay DIY Frayed Hem - Thrifting Divay I loved how these DIY frayed hem skinny jeans came out.  Even better, I love that I paid less than $4 for the jeans and the exact look that I wanted.  I paired my “new” thrifted DIY jeans with this off-shoulder top that I got from Agaci for $19.
DIY Frayed Hem - Thrifting Divay DIY Frayed Hem - Thrifting Divay I completed this look with these absolutely gorgeous Betsey Johnson heels that I thrifted from Crossroads, a consignment store for $24.  They have locations around the country, but I got these from the DC location.  These heels are sleek, sexy and simply slay this outfit, in my humble opinion.
DIY Frayed Hem - Thrifting Divay DIY Frayed Hem - Thrifting Divay DIY Frayed Hem - Thrifting Divay Finally, I finished this look with my thrifted Ralph Lauren cashmere coat.  You are not going to believe me when I say that I thrifted this coat from Goodwill in Falls Church, VA, for $7.99!  I know right!  The leather saddle bag simply finishes the look in the best way. Is it hard to see why I love thrifting so much.  It’s simply the way to go, and I truly hope that I inspire you to check out your local thrift and consignment stores.

If you decide to give this DIY a try, let me know how it turned out.

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