TikTok’s latest fashion DIY: Elsa Hosk’s denim boots
Another day, another TikTok trend. A recent fit photo posted by Elsa Hosk shows designers cutting off the legs of their jeans in an effort to mimic the model and influencer.
On June 4, Hosk shared a photo of herself in a pair of Frankenstein-ian boots, a sort of cross between denim leggings and pointy-toe heels. The eye-catching shoes, also worn by Julia Fox, are made by Kalda, an Icelandic shoe brand that counts Bella and Gigi Hadid among its fans.
Inspired, TikTokers cut their flared jeans to just above the knee and layered them over boots they already own for an easy and relatively inexpensive DIY.
If craftsmanship isn’t your thing, Kalda’s original pair – dubbed the “Bux Denim Jeans Boot” – is available to pre-order, priced at €550.
While not an outright dupe, TikTok’s industrious DIY is another example of Gen Z hanging on to a celebrity outfit and getting the look for less.
During prom season, teenagers flocked to fast fashion retailer Bella Barnett for its $110 dupe of the vintage Chanel Haute Couture dress that Lily-Rose Depp wore to the 2019 Met Gala. the official prom dress of 2022.
And when Harry Styles was spotted in a colorful patchwork cardigan by JW Anderson, dedicated fans took to the video app to show off their crochet recreations of the designer sweater. Responding to the trend, Jonathan Anderson himself finally released a free pattern for the $1,560 topper.
The popularity of dupes and DIYs on TikTok isn’t entirely surprising. Many young app users cannot afford to spend hundreds of dollars on designer items. Taking matters into your own hands (literally) is the best thing to do.
And don’t forget that more and more young people are intentionally buying counterfeit fashion. Obviously, there’s no shame in the copycat game.
As for TikTok’s Elsa Hosk hack? I’m not exactly rushing to cut off the legs of my jeans, but you do, Gen Z.