Frayed bottoms look best on slim or straight jeans, says Jonathan Cheung, head of design at Levi’s. Boot-cut and relaxed jeans will just seem tattered. So check your closet for a pair that needs new life—light and medium washes are best for spring.
Snip with Care
First, put on your jeans and evenly cuff them just above the shoe. Then mark both legs with chalk or a pen. Cut straight across with sharp scissors, making sure both legs are even. “When you’re done, the cut edge should barely touch the tongue of your shoe,” says Cheung.
Get Into the Fray
Throw your jeans into a dark load of wash and hang dry for an even fray. You can even pull the hanging white threads (called the weft) by hand, rub the edges with sandpaper, and/or vigorously whip the edges on a concrete sidewalk. Try just one or all three methods for the full effect.