Although it may seem super easy to craft a pair of effortless denim cut-offs, as anyone who's haphazardly tried (and inevitably failed) knows, there's more to the denim short than meets the eye. If you're looking to turn an old pair of jeans into your next pair of staple shorts, let us walk you through it, and save you from ruining a pair of jeans.
We'll start with the most basic cut-off (hint: cut at an angle for the most flattering hem) and work our way up to two unique (and ultra-chic) takes on the summertime classic. We promise, this guide won't come up short.
Photographed by Erin Yamagata