Second chance denim

I bought this pair of jeans nine years ago. I just had to count that on my fingers twice and I still don't really believe it's been that long. In the five and a half years I've been blogging, they have appeared eight times (not very impressive for denim). This was due to the fact that they just had the strangest cut. It wasn't working for me and I knew it, so I tried cuffing them, but mostly they were just taking up closet space.

Just before I was finally going to cart them off to the thrift store, I wondered if perhaps they could be saved. I really liked the fit in the waist, they are skinny through the thighs, so why not just remove the bulky awkward boot cut and skinnify them?

Brilliant, no?


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The Rundown
Navy Sweater Target similar
Jeans Max Studio via TJMaxx
Leather Jacket Gap similar
Leopard Pumps "Okala" Sam Edelman similar $
Leopard Calf Hair Clutch Gap similar
Earrings c/o JoJo Loves You
Chain Necklace Thrifted similar
Watch Fossil "Stella" via ebay
Fatima Bracelet c/o Gorjana & Griffin
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Sunglasses Ray-Ban Meteor c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Turquoise and Caicos" Essie

39 comments

  1. Perfection! Way to resurrect jeans! :D And I love that sweater, the perfect knit :D
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

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  2. Did that to a couple of my old jeans and now it's like they are brand new again! looking fab as always :)
    xo,
    Yaudy
    http://yaudycristinafashionista.blogspot.com

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  3. That's a great fix - and they look like jeans!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

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  4. Wow! The turned out so well!! I always wonder if I should try skinnifying some pants, but haven't gotten around to it yet. You did a great job!

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  5. That is impressive! I have jeans like that too and you are like me in that I notice you don't wear jeans very often (well, regular blue jeans anyway) so that justifies the lack of blog love for them. But they look great skinnified! I love the navy and camel together too!

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  6. About to run and get that Essie polish, love your entire outfit!

    http://everythingsalwayssunny.com
    Kristin xx

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  7. The jeans look a million times better as skinnies! Glad you were able to hold on to them :)

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
    Cookbook Giveaway!

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  8. Loving this outfit!! Those jeans fit you like a glove!! Love the leopard print flats as well :)

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    Enter to win 1 of 2 $25 Amazon.com gift certificates in the blog

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  9. It's like a new pair of jeans for free! Plus you get to feel extra good about it because you did it yourself!

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  10. I love your attitude - if a piece of clothing isn't working for me, nine times out of ten I just get rid of it. The fact that you made these jeans work is so inspiring to me. Plus... without the bootcut, the fit is amazing! And paired with navy, brown, gold and leopard (!!), they couldn't be more perfect.
    xox,
    Cee

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  11. Good Job. Someone once said that a good tailor is better than having expensive duds that don't fit.

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  12. Genius! You have me wanting to scope out my closet to see if I have any cast off's that I can salvage!

    E&M

    www.theberryproject.com

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  13. You look gorgeous <3
    www.thefancylifestyle.com

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  14. Good call. I like the skinny version better than the boot cut version that were in the post you mentioned.

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  15. Great idea! And love the combination of the navy blue with the gold necklace and the tan jacket.

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  16. Yes, brilliant !!! they fit perfectly.
    I am off to the seamstress to pick up some stuff she has from LAST year. Lets see what her excuse is now.

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  17. I admire your resolve. I don't really like jeans as it is and would never put that kind of effort in to give them new life. I'd rather just toss them and put on a skirt.

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  18. Great idea girl! Especially considering how expensive jeans are these days. See...a little tweaking and you have yourself a new pair of jeans;)! The blue, brown, and leopard combo is fabulous!

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  19. What a great idea! I love this look and your bag is amazing! x

    http://callmenames.blogspot.co.uk/

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  20. so was this diy, or did you have a tailor do it? i love this, i have a few pair of jeans i could def do this to. great outfit!

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  21. you look stunning, really.
    I would absolutely love it if you could take 15 seconds just to stop by my blog. appreciate it hun.

    The Silver Doll

    xx

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  22. I love your leopard accessories :) Beautiful!
    I just wore my leopard heels on Friday evening xx

    Lu.
    www.balgarka.co.uk

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  23. This looks great! What a fantastic fix :) Rock on, girl!

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  24. I love that you just reworked your jeans and updated them for your current style. No reason to let a good pair of pants go to waste, right? :)

    JennifHsieh

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  25. I won't notice the difference if you hadn't wrote so....clever DIY on those worn jeans!!! And your shoes are so FAB!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  26. Jeans can be so tricky! I think they look great on you. I love that navy sweater with them. Gorgeous accessories. That clutch is fab.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  27. now you have to post how to skinnify your jeans
    i have a black pair i never wear because of the wide bottom
    Brett

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  28. That was such a good idea! Those jeans look great on you! I'm also loving your fun clutch.

    xo,
    Angela

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  29. these jeans fit you in every way and i'm glad you decided to keep them! great idea just snipping the ends!

    cute & little

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  30. The leopard touches with the classic navy and brown is so perfect!

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  31. Great outfit! The jeans look so great!

    www.plogstyle.com

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  32. You always look soooooooooooo fabuloussssssssssssss

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  33. Such a great way to get more wear out of your jeans! They are fantastic on you, glad you could solve the fit issue by turning them into skinnies :)

    Away From Blue

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  34. Those jeans looks perfect on you. I love that simple pairing and how you with simple accessories dressed it up.

    xoxo Ra

    http://www.ramona-strikeapose.blogspot.ie/

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  35. I cant seem to comment on your above post but i would just like to put it out there that if you ever decide to sell that feather print dress DO NOT list it! sell directly to ME!!!
    HOTPINKstyle

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