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June 4, 2012

DIY: Metallic Tuxedo-striped Shorts

Here’s a little DIY project I wanted to share with you—an iteration of last year’s DIY gold shorts, and an easy way to liven up a pair of colored jeans or chinos you might have worn during the colder months.

vintage shirt, Brook&Lyn necklace, DIY metallic tuxedo-striped shorts, Common Projects shoes

I took a pair of powder blue jeans and cut them an inch and a half longer than the desired length. (jeans c/o Citizens of Humanity)

I taped off a stripe using painter's tape, starting right at the top of the pocket, going all the way down. I doubled up on tape to be sure.

I then dabbed on some pearlescent fabric paint. I was initially going for a tone-on-tone look, similar to a pair of shorts at Assembly with a tuxedo stripe made out of the same fabric as the shorts, but I do like the subtle contrast of the two shades of blue.

I sprinkled on some very fine glitter for dimension.

And I sealed everything off with a gloss medium. This does a fantastic job at preventing the glitter from shedding.

I heat-set the stripe with a hair dryer, and carefully peeled off the tape.

After cleaning up some rough edges and cutting the extra inch and a half off the hem for a clean stripe all the way to the hem, these are my finished DIY tuxedo-striped shorts.

the DIY metallic tuxedo-striped shorts up close

Brook&Lyn necklace featuring a vintage tinted mirror set in leather, on a cotton rope cord

Common Projects officer's derby shoes in tan

special thanks to Citizens of Humanity, Brook&Lyn, and Common Projects

photographs by Hudson Shively


  • Iván
    June 4th, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Great DIY!!! I like it!!!



  • Guy Overboard
    June 4th, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Good idea! :)

  • Patrick Wilson
    June 4th, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Whooa, another great DIY! I’m gonna try this very soon.

  • mat
    June 6th, 2012 at 9:37 am

    great idea, it’s been quite on the diy front for a bit but you’re back in the game

  • mat
    June 6th, 2012 at 9:37 am

    the shoes look top too

  • Naked as I slur
    June 18th, 2012 at 2:37 am

    Great shorts! Is the design also waterproof or does it washes off?

  • Izzy
    June 18th, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    It’s waterproof, but I don’t recommend repeated washing.

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