DIY Lace Shorts

A few weeks ago, our friend Katie showed up wearing the cutest lace trimmed shorts. We were impressed to discover that not only did she DIY them, she made them using boxer shorts! We immediately raced to Target for white boxer shorts and the fabric store for a variety of pretty white lace trims. Honestly, this DIY is so simple and perfect for summer!

You’ll need:

  • men’s or boy’sΒ white boxer shorts
  • 2 yards of lace trim
  • a pair of scissors
  • pins
  • a sewing machine or needle and thread

Pin the lace trim along the inside hem of the shorts, starting at the seam of the inner leg. If the trim has a decorative top edge, it can be stitched to the outside of the boxer. Trim away any excess. Sew or hand stitch the lace to the boxers. Sewing over the original hem gives it a nice and clean look.

And you’re done! Can you believe it’s that easy? The possibilities are endless – you can try using silk boxers orΒ black lace on black boxers!

Wear them as is or layered under skirts. Have fun!

(top image from Tumblr, rest of images by Honestly…WTF)

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112 Comments

  1. Nomadic D wrote:

    I don’t know if I’d wear them as is, but the idea of layering them under skirts is just genius! Like a funny modern take on bloomers! I love this.

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  2. I am soooo going to do this!!

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  3. Mazzi Mi wrote:

    Stunning, and oh so simple! Will deff be trying this one out. I like the idea of layering the lace over silk boxers particularly.

    xxxx Mazzi

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  4. erin wrote:

    I agree with Nomadic. That would be so darling.

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  5. Alexandra wrote:

    How fantastic!! I just DIYed a pair of black lace shorts myself a few weeks ago. I am not brave enough to wear them outside, but I absolutely love them! I made the shorts by tracing a pattern from a pair of running shorts that fit me well. Even from scratch, they hardly took any time to make!

    I absolutely love your white version, and I will definitely be making them soon!

    xxx

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  6. How sweet. I need to get my hands on some pretty lace like in the first image

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  7. arlie wrote:

    aw, these are adorable!

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  8. Katarzyna wrote:
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  9. Liz Q wrote:

    OMG, this is AWESOME! Can’t wait to get started!

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  10. Nikki wrote:

    This is so great! I never would have thought to sew some pretty lace on to boxer shorts. I definitely need to do this. Great DIY post!

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  11. such a cool idea! once again an amazing DIY, thank you! p.s. you know the lace inset free people jeans? those are begging for DIY and I tried but not too successful – maybe you can help!

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  12. Lianne wrote:

    They look pretty and comfortable. Perfect for lounging around the house/garden during a heatwave.

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  13. Jessie wrote:

    oooh this is a good one. i am all about this for the summer. they come out so fantastic too!
    thanks for sharing this.
    xx, http://wordbyjessie.com/

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  14. LucΓ­a wrote:

    Two bad I don’t have a sewing machine πŸ™

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  15. Aww, this is such a sweet idea! β™₯

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  16. I’ve been contemplating wearing boxers as shorts ever since seeing Jean Paul Gautier’s recent look (which you can see here on my tumblr. I like the idea of adding lace or other details to make it look a little less like pajamas.

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  17. awesome DIY ladies!!

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  18. Niecey wrote:

    When the whole boxer short thing was a rage in the 1980s, they were paired with tank tops and keds. My ballet teacher hated it so much she said it looked like girls were dressing in our grandfathers’ underwear.

    Not a real fan of the trend anyway, that was more than enough for me.

    But this, I like. The lace at least makes it undeniably feminine, and the pairing with a skirt or a long top is adorable.

    Nice job, young’uns!

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  19. Such a cute DIY. I’ve been obsessing over lace shorts. I don’t have the patience to make my own though. =)

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  20. lesley wrote:

    fabulous diy! i actually did this with a pair of cutoffs last year and they are darling!

    xoxo,
    lesley

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  21. what an inspiration and the thing is! i don’t have to buy mechanical lace, i can make my own lace. so this will be my next lace project

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  22. francesca wrote:

    this is an amazing DIY! thanks πŸ™‚
    xo
    francesca
    http://www.frankvinyl.com

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  23. Too cute, such a simple little fix! I love the idea of them peeking out like bloomers too.

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  24. Katharina wrote:

    very nice blog
    and i also like this DIY….very inspiring!!!

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  25. Fashion Slate wrote:

    lovin the lace shorts and the blog, following πŸ™‚

    follow mine!
    fashion-slate.com/

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  26. Nelle wrote:

    want the same !good job
    kisses

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  27. Adorable! Love this DIY.

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  28. Hannah wrote:

    Cute lace shorts DIY!

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  29. yv wrote:

    love this diy!

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  30. Ambyr wrote:

    This is too cute! I can’t imagine wearing men’s boxers as my full pair of bottoms, but with the lace, I’m loving it.

    xoxo
    http://www.thewrittenrunway.com

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  31. Kristina wrote:

    this is such a good idea and probably super comfortable.

    Kristina
    http://spottedappeal.blogspot.com/

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  32. Alyssa wrote:

    When I first saw the photo of the boxer shorts and lace laid out separate, I was a little doubtful that it would work… but the finished result is simply adorable! Interesting post and ty for sharing ♥

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  33. winnie wrote:

    genius!! thank you! I love all your DIYs

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  34. Eve and Olivia wrote:

    So simple yet effective. Really gorgeous shorts! Will try this in our spare time πŸ™‚

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  35. cece wrote:

    I’ve been looking for a pair of lace shorts and I came across this post! thanks!

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  36. Plami wrote:

    Great idea! I’ll definitely try :))))

    XoXo
    Plami

    http://fashion-thrill.blogspot.com/

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  37. Iky wrote:

    So neat! Love it, you guys should check out I spy DIY post on a lace skirt, also very cute

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  38. carolina wrote:

    Ohh love this post! Shorts are awesome. I will do the same thing with mine πŸ™‚

    xo

    Carolina

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  39. Noelle wrote:

    this is such a cool idea! it seems really simple to make, i love it.
    http://www.the-red-runway.blogspot.com

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  40. Elenita wrote:
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  41. Swan wrote:

    Love this! I am definitely going to give this a try to wear under some of my shorter skirts and dresses. Thank you for posting this!

    Swan
    http://www.inwonderland.org

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  42. Kristen wrote:

    really inspiring

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  43. Syd wrote:

    Yes. As a starving artist, this is so the perfect type of project for me when Goodwill hasn’t got my size in ANYTHING…which is frequently.
    Thanks a ton.
    – s

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  44. Lee wrote:

    OMG. This is the perfect summer project. Thanks so much for the oh-so-easy DIY!

    xoxo
    http://www.closetrevealed.blogspot.com

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  45. Ashleigh wrote:

    Super sweet!

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  46. Roxanne wrote:

    Wow, these are amazing! I think I might try making another pair with colored lace (:

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  47. I will be trying this, love it!!!

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  48. Maria wrote:

    OMG, these are super cute! I’m excited to take time out to do this. Depending on how I look in them I’ll decide to wear them as is or under a skirt. I’m so flipping excited!!!!!!!!

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  49. Great idea, maybe I will do with my trousers!!!

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  50. blindpassionforfashion wrote:

    Amazing πŸ™‚

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  51. Lexi wrote:

    LOVE THESE!
    i will definetly add this to my summer list of DIY’s <3

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  52. Stephanie wrote:

    Looks awesome! I did something very similar to my denim shorts, would love for you to check them out πŸ™‚

    x,
    Stephanie

    http://www.thefashforward.blogspot.com

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  53. Tamela wrote:

    I’m in heaven. Been looking for these for ages! THANKS!!

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  54. Marissa wrote:

    how lovely… these would make sweet bridesmaids gifts!

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  55. Marrilee wrote:

    LOVE this! This would be so cute with a tank for sleepware for those not brave enough to wear it outside. I’m going to do this in all sorts of colors. Hoping to find a heart print boxer!

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  56. Taru wrote:

    beautiful

    xoxo

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  57. zweiteiler wrote:

    I great DIY! I love lace-pieces! gonna try it in few days! thanks for sharing!

    crystal

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  58. Marrilee wrote:

    I could not find white boxers this weekend for love nor money! Did find some sweet tartan plaid…but no white to be found. πŸ™

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  59. Solita wrote:

    I can’t believe I never thought of this. It’s fucking awesome! I am going to Target right now. That’s for this!

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  60. Samantha wrote:

    Why not try it with a pair of ladies sleep shorts, the comfy jersey shorts at Target? I like this a lot but what I don’t like about boxers is the man hole hehehe

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  61. Adorably awesome. Love!

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  62. Amanda wrote:

    So cute!! I made mine too, but with a pair of denim shorts, if you wanna take a look:
    http://somethingfashion.blogspot.com/2011/08/diy-tutorial-lace-shorts.html

    Nice blog and ideas!
    Amanda

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  63. Karen Gass wrote:

    These are absolutely adorable – going on the list and knocking a few things off the top of the list! thanks for sharing them!

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  64. love,,love ,, lace item is so attractive ,maybe i can find the simple shorts to make one,,hehe..

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  65. Anna wrote:

    I’m with Nomadic-D. I don’t know if I’ll wear it as it is. Maybe add more lace to the actual boxer shorts?

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  66. Selkie wrote:

    So cute! I’ll do this myself soon- but it will be more like the first photo, with bands of lace completely covering the shorts.

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  67. Dotty wrote:

    Cannot get enough of lace at the moment, it so simply adds beauty to anything.

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  68. Monica wrote:

    Love this idea! I’m totally making these for my roommate who is obsessed with wearing men’s boxers as loungewear. I think I’m gonna try to sew the opening shut and maybe replace the button with a cute button. Thanks! (:

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  69. allesandra wrote:

    i love it !!! i must have one of this in the summer !!

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  70. Monika wrote:

    Would anyone know how to wear this as is? What would you wear with it exactly?
    πŸ™‚

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  71. Lisa M. wrote:

    I’m currently on a ‘lace’ phase so I LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of adding a lace trim to something! I actually did this with a pair of cut-off shorts and it looks really, really good!

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  72. sage wrote:

    I cannot believe there is a diy for this, I was going to shell out almost 80 bucks for lace shorts at abercrombie but I can just do this myself yay!

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  73. wow! amazing! πŸ™‚

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  74. Chloe wrote:

    I absolutely love these! They’re so cute and girly!! c:

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  75. Jordan wrote:

    Thanks for the great idea! I dyed mine hot pink, with pink lace trim. Check it out: http://zoundsdesign.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/cute-shorts-made-from-mens-boxers/

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  76. emilyy wrote:

    this is so cute!!!! i will make them and use them as a pyjama πŸ™‚

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  77. Shannon Kathleen wrote:

    These are so cute! Definitely going to wear these out! (I sometimes wear boxer shorts normally out on dares from my friends since they do it, too. It doesn’t bother me.) I’m thinking a graphic t-shirt that I can DIY would look really cute with them.

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  78. Hannah wrote:

    Sooooooooo cuteeeeeeee! I love them!

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  79. Dorothea wrote:

    Wearing these under my skirt I wouldn’t mind at all if my skirt blew up around my thighs while bicycling into town on a breezy day. πŸ™‚

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  80. Elaine wrote:

    SOOOOO DAHM CUTEEEEE! I love them!

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  81. RoChelle wrote:

    Hey, I’ve been looking for “bloomers” to wear under maxi and midi skirts! Great idea! I suppose we could dye them many colors, too. Check dye instructions as to which fabrics can be used.

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  82. julie wrote:

    I made a pair of diy shorts check them out here

    http://turquoisewildflower.blogspot.com

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  83. LB wrote:

    Lace all over is so cute and seems to offer more coverage than just the lace trim on the bottom. They’d look good with dark tights underneath. I’d be afraid that white boxers w/ just the trim would be too sheer to wear out in public….not to mention, way too short to wear solo. Maybe to sleep in or wear around the house on a lazy day. They’d be much cuter than plain nighties.

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  84. Lane wrote:

    Are boxer shorts not made the same as they were when I was in high school…with the big ‘ol booty that looks like you left something in it?!? I’m just wondering how you could pull that off and make them cute if they are still made the same way as they were in the ’90s.

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  85. Chelsea wrote:

    These are super cute and so simple! I really want to do this with a pair of jean shorts! Thanks for sharing!

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  86. Nora wrote:

    I never thought a simple things can be gorgeous. Thanks for the creative idea.

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