Cutoff jean shorts are a summer-wardrobe staple. They perfectly showcase tanned stems and are durable enough to withstand melted ice cream, sweat and sunscreen (and many a spin cycle). But there is a thin line between jorts (that would be a combo of the words “jean” and “shorts,” which are what tourists with pale legs and mandals wear when they are shopping for Statue of Liberty trinkets) and the super-cool, channeling Chloe Sevigny kind of cutoffs. The key here is to go with a pair that are vintagey looking and slightly beat-up. They’re versatile enough to wear with everything from a gray T-shirt and flip-flops to a blazer and heels. It’s up to you if you want to go with classic faded blue, or if you’re more into cool gray or crisp white–the length is also up for grabs, but just make sure the hem is perfectly frayed–even if you just bought them yesterday.
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– Pair them with a drapey tank, leather sandals and a straw fedora for a bike ride around town.
– Throw on a blazer, silk blouse and some flatforms and you are working a serious downtown vibe.
– Dare to do double-denim and wear with a chambray shirt–Stella McCartney did it, Derek Lam did it, and now it’s your turn. Trust.
from top left, clockwise: Madewell shorts, $99.99, madewell.com; Free People shorts, $68, piperlime.com; Candie’s shorts, $25.99, kohls.com; RVCA shorts, $29.99, urbanoutfitters.com; M2F shorts, $78, freepeople.com; Les Halles Bermuda shorts, $86, shopbop.com; Parkside shorts, $84, neimanmarcus.com; Siwy shorts, $152, shopbop.com
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