STYLE BRIEF: THE KID’S SHORTS

THE (HOUSE OF) STYLE:
Many moons ago in StL, I loved watching MTV’s House of Style. While other 13-year-olds were obsessed with SportsCenter and glued to their Nintendo, I was drooling over Amber Valletta and absorbing all the fashion advice she and her fellow supermodels could give this then teenager. To me, it was the perfect show – a great balance of chic and service.

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THE PANTS IDEA:
I’d love to take credit for this concept, but I have to give a shout-out to Todd Oldham, as seen on a HOS segment. What to do with your well-worn fall pants is always a conundrum. Well, if they’re the right weight, grab scissors and get cutting. This tip isn’t just for for grown-ups. When you have a growing Kid A, new pants in the fall followed by new shorts in the spring gets expensive.  Here’s a great way to make them go the distance with double duty.

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THE METHOD:
Get your kid in those tattered, hole-y pants, mark the length at which you like the shorts (I like it just above the top of the knee cap), and cut. Don’t worry about a perfect cut, as some zig zag is good. Give them a wash and dry (I prefer to do so several times) to achieve the desired fray. Voila! Stretching your dollar and getting a whole year out of one pair of pants feels good. Looks good, too.

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