DIY Side Stripe Pants

This post I decided to mix things up a bit and write about a DIY I recently tried out. Recently within both men’s and women’s fashion, side stripe pants have been all the rage. Prices on some of these pairs from designers can run extremely high and even those from more inexpensive stores can still pass $90 or more. So, with that in mind, I decided to make a pair for myself for much less.

Materials you’ll need:

  • Any pair of pants you want, i opted for a pair of vintage denim jeans in a light wash
  • 1 bottle each color of fabric paint, the brand i used can be found here
  • A roll of painters tape
  • Assorted sizes of paintbrushes, i used a larger one as seen in the photo and a smaller detail brush
  • Cardboard
  • Ruler, for measuring (optional)

How to make em:

1. First, place the cardboard on the inside of the pant leg to provide more support to paint on and to prevent any paint from bleeding through to the other side. This is especially important if you are using thinner denim.

2. Once you’ve put the cardboard in, you can begin to measure out your stripes. For my pair, I decided to paint one side stripe about 1 inch wide with two thinner black stripes on the sides of the white. You can use your ruler to measure out exactly how wide you want the stripe, but I just went ahead and eyeballed it. Make sure to press down on the tape on the inside where the paint is going to prevent any bleeding.

3. Get to painting! Making sure to paint into the center of the stripe in any spot where the tape doesn’t seem as secure, begin painting in the same direction to ensure a cleaner finish. The paint I used covered very well and I only did one coat of each color and it provided a solid coat. Allow the paint to dry for about 20-30 minutes before removing the tape.

4. Repeat the same steps for the other color of stripes you want to do. I made my black stripes smaller, about 1/4 of an inch on each side. Once again allow the paint about 20-30 minutes to completely dry before removing the tape.

5. Allow the paints to fully dry for another day or two to ensure that the paint doesn’t smear. The paint had great coverage and left a solid coat and great color pigmentation on the stripes. Make sure to wash the pants by themselves the first couple of times to ensure no paint is transferred to other clothing. Also, turning them inside out before washing prevents the paint from wearing off quickly.

And there ya have it! A super simple DIY that takes about 1-2 hours and you’ll be styling and on trend on a budget. This is a great way to upcycle an old pair of pants you don’t wear much anymore or to find a cool pair of vintage pants to give a little bit of oomf to. You can also customize the color, width, and how many stripes you want to put on the pants all to your own liking.

I finished off my side stripe look with a tucked in black Lorde merch t shirt, my trusty tube sock and checkerboard combo, and a woven utility belt. These utility belts are super on trend for menswear and have been made famous by Virgil Abloh and his Off White brand.

Show me your very own side stripe diy pants by tagging me on Instagram (follow me here) and using #connexionstyle.


Another big thank you to my friend Jane for taking these photos, and don’t forget to go check out her own blog here.

Until next time!

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