STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Do-It-Yourself To Express Yourself

Ah, summer: the season of festival fashion. It’s the time of the year when music fills the air and a unique, fresh style oozes from the streets and muddy fields that serve as the stomping grounds of the endless multitude of festivals. From the breezy boho garb of Coachella, to the mud-splattered threads of Bonnaroo to the R&B and Hip-hop inspired looks of Rock the Bells.

Festival frocks are in full force during most summers, indeed. However one does not have to limit their attire to neon catsuits or surrender to the heat, opting for as little clothing as possible. Fear not style admirers! There is a way to give our eyes respite from the standard denim cut-offs while ensuring an undeniably cool look: do-it-yourself garments. Not only are do-it-yourself items the ultimate way to tackle that unwanted coincidence of wearing the same outfit, but they also allow you to cultivate your own signature look.

When I was back home in Milwaukee this past weekend, I attended one of my favorite weekly activities: Jazz in the Park. This grassy platform brings together an eclectic crowd, all of whom simultaneously enjoy the funky jams of the nearby band. This atmosphere is quite analogous to most festivals, in which you will see the crowd sporting an array of festival-like fashion. It was here that I spotted this eye-catching Fashionista, rocking a pair of her own do-it-yourself denim shorts. She couples these statement shorts with a cropped spandex tee and pairs this outfit with no-fuss, distressed combat boots. She finishes her look with a patterned cross-body bag and semi-transparent sunglasses, all of which add to her ridiculously cool ensemble.

If you would like to mimic this Fashionista’s look, the key is to add your own personal flair on your do-it-yourself denim cut-offs. Either dust off an old pair of jeans or thrift for a new, cheap pair to use (Hint: denim with spandex in it does not fringe as easily as looser, actual denim). Next, you will need scissors or an exacto knife to shred your jeans, sandpaper or a brick to create a more distressed cut-off and bleach or studs if you choose to add more detail to your garment. However you wish you transform your jeans is entirely up to you. For summer 2013, incorporate do-it-yourself items to express your signature Fashionista style and stand out from the crowd.

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