Let me preface this by saying that I'm the type of person who always feels the need to alter at least one aspect of any article of clothing to really "make it my own." That said, when it comes to denim, there's one super-simple DIY trick I obsessively do to every pair in my arsenal. I assure you, it's just as easy (if not easier) than you'd think to achieve what I call ripped jeans 2.0. Essentially, cutting off the hem of my jeans creates a raw edge with just the right amount of distressing to where they have a laid-back look but can still be dressed up.
While cutting off the hem isn't an exact science, this is typically how I go about creating my ideal amount of distressing: First, try on the jeans and decide where you want the hem to fall on you. Are you going for a cropped look? Aiming to keep their length intact? Mark off half an inch below your desired hem and then lay the jeans on a flat surface and turn them inside out. Now, cut away. The edge won't be as frayed right away, so you can either pull at the loose threads to give it more distressing or throw them in the wash for the same effect.
Just in case you may have needed a bit more convincing on wearing ripped jeans, I'm sharing the outfits I always keep in my "saved" folder just below. But maybe you trust a brand more than yourself to fray your jeans' hems, in which case I've shopped the essential pairs you need to get started on the look.
This look may be more forward than many of us are ready for, but that's what I love most about it. Because she's wearing layering long, oversized denim shorts over her pants, the fraying at the edge really comes to life.