Newsday hung out with trend-setter Dani Stahl Tuesday at Gap's Upper East Side Manhattan location, where the Style Editor at Large for Nylon Magazine, designer for Lia Sophia and style consultant for E! model search TV series "Scouted" showed us how to take an old pair of jeans and make them into the hottest item in our summer wardrobe-- stylish cut-off shorts. Here, we show you her method in 10 easy steps. -- Nina Ruggiero
What you'll need:
1 pair of old jeans
1 pair of scissors
1 sheet of sandpaper
1 bottle of fashion glitter
Studs, patches and/or ribbons, depending on your style
The biggest challenge in making jean shorts is getting the right cut, Stahl says. Her trick? Measure a 4-inch inseam for frayed bottom shorts, or leave about 7 inches for fold-over bottoms. Mark the spot and fold the remaining jean length over to make sure the inseams are even. Then cut, either straight or on an angle depending on your style.
Rub the freshly cut edges with sandpaper to create fraying for an effortless rocker look.
Alternate option :
For a more preppy look, fold edges over instead of fraying. If available, add a stitch into each side to ensure they stay put.
To get the worn, ripped jeans look, pinch sections of the denim and cut slits with a scissor. Make sure they're scattered and not too even on both sides.
Take the sandpaper and rub the new cuts to smooth edges and create natural looking frays.
To add some sparkle, spray on glitter in the color of your choice. Stahl used Tulip Fashion Glitter Bond, which is permanent and washable. We're a fan of metallics, like this gold glitter.
Spread the glitter bond around the shorts.
With frays, cuts and glitter, this is how your shorts should look so far. Now, for the fun part.
Choose your studs. We used stars and circular studs in gold and black. First, play around with placement and figure out where you want them.
Once you have the studs in place, push their sharp edges through your denim. Fold shorts inside-out and secure edges of studs, applying pressure with a scissor.
Add smaller studs and apply in the same manner for a more interesting look.
Don't forget to embellish around the pockets. Add studs to both pockets for an even look, or just do one for an off-beat chic style.
If studs are not your style, go cute and colorful by decorating with fun patches, instead.
Let your glitter dry, and your new jean shorts are ready to wear. Goodbye old jeans, hello summer fashion statement.
Stahl calls this creation her sweetheart short. She used a patterned ribbon along the waistline and patches below the pockets.
For her preppy shorts, Stahl went with varsity letters and sporting stripes on the sides.
Dani Stahl, Style Editor-at-Large for Nylon Magazine, jewelry designer, stylist, and T.V. personality, shows off her jean short creations. Bring your old jeans and let her help you in person at Gap's Lincoln Center location in Manhattan at 1988 Broadway on Thursday, July 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.