An Easy Trick to Make Your Vintage Jeans Feel Fashion-Forward

It’s not like you can just walk into H&M and pick up a great pair of vintage jeans. Searching for a pair of worn-in-but-not-too-much 501s is a quest we fashion lovers must undertake. And while we might find a pair of circa-1988 Calvins or Levi’s that fit just right around the waist, often the bottoms are awkward—too long or short.

Luckily, the street style set has come up with a cool solution: cropping them yourself! All over fashion month, trendsetters paired their designer tops and coats with relaxed pairs of vintage jeans that simply had the bottoms cut off and frayed. The easy hack keeps the integrity of the vintage style but offers a new twist that’s delightfully easy to DIY.

Read on for a little inspiration, and if you’re feeling crafty, give it a try! If not, we’ve got some pre-distressed jeans to shop so you can get the look without the scissors.