How to Turn Last Season’s Overalls into Acid-Washed “Shortalls”
Update: This post was part of our 2014 April Fools’ Prank. But, you know the ’90s are always in style so keep on scrolling to keep the angsty/sparkly dream alive ;)
Peeps, overalls are out. I mean, would you rock farmer-style overalls to your debut on The Grind? No, we didn’t think so. That’s why, we’re cutting off the bottoms of our boring old basics and jamming on this summer’s winning trend: the “shortall.” And guess what? You could NOT be a farmer in these clothes.
– old overalls (we used a pair of denim ones by GUESS)
– spray bottle
– fabric scissors
– cheese grater
– needle nose pliers
1. Put on your overalls and mark how short you want them.
2. Use a ruler to measure across each leg.
4. Use a cheese grater and needle nose pliers to create a distressed look.
5. Finally, spray with bleach to create the acid-washed look. Classic!
You probably have all the tools you need in one handy DIY caboodle ;)
The first thing to do is try on your overalls. With arms straight make a mark where your fingertips hit on the jeans. Draw a straight line and cut. Use that piece as a measuring tool for the other leg. This way both will be the same length!
Using your fingers, fray the bottom edges of the jeans. You will need to pull at the white strings to create fringe. Try using a cheese grater to get even more distress.
To create worn-out tears cut two small parallel lines. Fray the ends and then start pulling out the denim strings with pliers. This will leave the white weaving behind.
Finally, create the bleach mixture by mixing three parts bleach to one part water. Mix in a spray bottle. Spray onto your overalls in a random fashion to create the acid-washed effect.
Boom! Totally wearing these to Lollapalooza, yo!
What are your warm weather staples? Talk to us in the comments below.
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!