There are some trends that jump right out at me and yell “Buy me! Wear me! NOW!” but a more sensible part of me stops and says “Whoa girl, think about this one for a while.” Cut off denim shorts are that kind of trend. You see I wore short-shorts back in the early 1990’s. The fashion police say if you have been around for the trend the first time, it’s not for you the second time. (Though I cannot find who first quoted it, making me think these fashion police might just be an urban legend.)
A couple years ago I saw a young, slim, leggy woman wearing wearing super short cut off jeans and thought she looked fabulous. Since then the short-short trend has grown in force and now it seems like all the chic girls are wearing them. I hate being left out, so I observed and took mental notes. At first I only wore my denim cut off shorts at home, then I tried them at the beach. Feeling more confident I decided to wear them out on errands. I felt like I was walking on air! There I was at 42 wearing shredded denim shorts like it was the most normal thing in the world. Next step was to dress them up for a day out in the city, which I did this weekend.
How to Dress Up Cut Off Denim Shorts
Here are my thoughts on how to wear denim shorts so they look chic and sophisticated as opposed to looking like you raided your teenage daughter’s closet. (Though my pre-teen daughter shuns mini skirts and short-shorts. I’m so proud of her.)
Choose larger cut-offs. Sloppy and loose is not normally my thing but I’ve noticed the coolest looking jean shorts are usually on the larger side. I might sound like an uptight old biddy but I think skin tight, super short shorts look good on very few women.
Pair your denim shorts with crisp classics borrowed from menswear. Shorts-shorts are sexy, so balance the sexiness with something a bit more covered and masculine on top. Here I’ve paired my shorts with a stripe t-shirt and classic black denim jacket but I also love short-shorts worn with a tailored shirt or fitted blazer. If ever I find the right one, I’ll be wearing my cut-offs with a leather motorcycle jacket, because it just looks so darn cool.
Wear heels. Heels add a bit of sophistication to an otherwise very casual garment, they also make your legs look longer.
Pile on the bling! If you’re wearing a casual pair of shorts with a simple top you’ll need something to make the look more exciting, so add a few bracelets, a statement necklace or both.
Accessorize with a chic handbag. If you’re just wearing your shorts while running errands this isn’t a necessity, but a trendy outfit is enhanced by a trendy purse.
All Photos by Hugo Fonseca.
- Black Denim Jacket by Lee, my husbands.
- T-shirt by Mossimo (Yeah, it’s from Target)
- The shorts are old jeans from The Gap that I cut off myself.
- Sandals by Kenneth Cole
- Big Black Chanel Cuff with rhinestones, borrowed from my dear friend Ariane.
- Leather Strap bracelet purchased at Loehmanns
- Target (In these situations I pronounce it tar-jay) black cuff watch
- Black engraved bangle by Bellissima via Gilt.com
What do you think of the cut off jeans trend? Love it? Hate it? Let me know in the comments!