Wardrobe DIY alterations quetions (what works?)

Here's a few recent diys - do you think they work?

#1 I picked up a second pair of white jeans, finally.  And I immediately planned to taper them (they're bootcut).  But then I saw Ornella's white jeans, with a similar cut, and loved them.  So I'm debating on whether to taper them after all.  Right now these are just basted, so it can go either way.  Would they get too dirty if I left them bootcut?  Is the shape of one better than the other (the tapered will lie a bit better when they're actually cut and finished)

#2 I painted my bronze sandals silver.  Does the new color work? I can certainly paint them again :)

#3 I shortened my green capris into shorts, after putting a hole in them trying to undo the seam to taper them.  Is the length good, or should they go shorter?

#4 I was given these red cropped pants.  They're a bright tomato red, and I like them, but wonder about the length.  What's a good length for these? 

On all of these, left is original, right is altered, or proposed alteration.

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  • Deborah replied 7 years ago

    I think if you keep the jeans as they are, I would like to see a heel with them? Love the silver sandals.  I don't love bronze but I adore anything in silver... nice sandal.
    The shorts look great, really nice colour and the length works for me.

    Red pants are a stunning colour, I would be inclined to go for the length just below the knee:)

    You really are the Queen of DIY:)

  • marit replied 7 years ago

    JMO. 1) I would taper the white jeans; the shape appeals to me more. 2) The silver is fine, but I like the original bronze as well! 3) I would go shorter on the green capris; mid-thigh. 4) I like the over-the-knee length on the tomato-red crops.

    ETA: What Deborah said; if you keep them bootcut they would probably look nice with a heel.

  • Joy replied 7 years ago

    1.  Yay for white jeans!  I have several white denim bottoms and they are always in rotation.  I like the jeans both ways so am no help there.
    2.  Great job!  They look fine.
    3.  I like both shorter lengths on you.  Which feels right to you?
    4.  Love the bright red!  I like both.  If you don't have some hemmed like the last photo, I'd go with that...the longer length.  You can still always roll it shorter when you want.

  • Liz A. replied 7 years ago

    The silver sandal looks to be a better color on you than the bronze. I like the green shorts how you have them now. The others I'm not sure.

  • Beth Ann replied 7 years ago

    I think I like the white jeans as is, although you do rock skinnies!

     LOVE green shorts:  They're modern and flattering. 

    I think I prefer the longer length in the red

    You did a great job with the shoe dyeing, but I think I prefer the bronze.  I say this only so you'll always believe me when I tell you that you look fab, which you do, by the way, in silver or bronze!

  • replied 7 years ago

    I liked your sandals bronze, but the silver is nice too!

    I like the jeans either way, but probably skinnier edges out just because of keeping hems cleaner.

    I think the green shorts look good, and I like the red just below the knee! Some great items here.

  • harmonica replied 7 years ago

    1 - taper
    2 - Love the silver
    3 - great length
    4 - just below the knee. Great colour!

    Master of DIY!

  • amiable replied 7 years ago

    Thanks for the comments and suggestions all!

    I'll probably taper the white jeans - I actually like them better boot-cut in the pics, but I don't think I can keep the hems clean.

    I'm not sure whether I prefer the silver or the bronze in the sandals - They looked better IRL in the bronze, I think. But I've been wanting to try out painting shoes to see how much work it was, and these were my one pair of sandals that are comfy enough to actually wear but that I never did anyway.  So they won the shoe-painting lottery.  (I can only wear my other pair of silver for about an hour, so they're filling a light-colored sandal hole if I wear them).More shoe painting is in my future, I think. :)

    Thanks for the length suggestion on the reds - I think they'll become clams! 

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    #1. I like the jeans both ways, so do what works best for you. 

    #2. I like your sandals both ways. Which shoe painting dye did you use? 

    #3. LOVE the green shorts at the knee length. 

    #4. I like the red pants just below the knee! 

  • amiable replied 7 years ago

    Suz - I'm embarrassed to admit that this silver shoe paint is Rustoleum chrome spray paint.  I'm intending to buy some shoe/leather paint from Dharma trading, but haven't gotten around to it yet.  I'll report back with how the Rustoleum holds up as I start wearing them.  Our humidity made them take a long time to dry.

  • Sara L. replied 7 years ago

    I love the silver sandals and the green shorts. I'm not sure about the red capris - I have trouble with capri lengths too. The white jeans look good both ways. I did the same DIY though and really like my tapered white jeans. I didn't have a choice with mine since the bootcut white jeans were too short, which was the reason I decided to taper them.

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    I vote taper the white jeans! Great job on the green and red shorts too. Clever, Amy :)

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