OK, well, Shana took one for the team and recently posted her failure of a bermuda shorts try-on sesh. Haha. I LOVE her candor. It’s refreshing, right? I have also been on the hunt for a longer short because, um, I just feel like this is the first summer I’m not gonna feel like rocking short cut-offs. I know…I’m OK with it though. If you are in the 40-something club and still feel like rocking them? YOU DO IT, Mama. I tried a couple on recently and was just ready to move on.
Let’s be honest…Shorts in general are just hard, no matter the length. I feel like there’s a perfect length for each body/height/leg-length, but finding that perfect length is a challenge. And these days just hacking off a pair of jeans doesn’t seem to work, either (maybe we need to consult Julieta again on that process.) But let’s see a few pairs I tried on that are fresh off the rack (no DIY). Spoiler…I only had slightly more luck than my dear friend Shana…
Denim Bermuda Shorts, We Try Again
To note: (I went up one size in each pair)
1. The Perfect Wash Pair (That’s Just A Little Long)
AE 90’s Boyfriend Short (6) – A little long…and a little too high-rise for me so the rise falls just a bit around the button fly. But the wash on these is SPOT ON. And they still have stretch. I’m tempted to keep them anyway. A good start!
2. The Random Green Pair (that’s actually not bad!)
Free People Caroline Cutoff Denim Shorts (28) – For some reason I thought I should order these. Then, when I opened the package I thought I’d lost my mind, but with the gray tee…not bad! Even at that long length. I forgot to try them with another pair of shoes, but I do feel they’d work best with a skin-tone sandal.
3. The Weird Crotch Pair #1
Joe’s Jeans Bermuda Jean Short (28) – Um, yeah. Not flattering. This is where we started to go downhill with this whole process…again. I think the waist or hips are too big? This is a problem I have with many pants/jeans/shorts…too big in the waist, but fitted in the legs. The wash wasn’t bad on these though. But I’m also not into extra fabric in the hips? Bye.
4. The Weird Crotch Pair #2
Paige Sarah Shorts (28) – These aren’t as noticeably bad here, but in person the ‘droopy crotch’ is more noticeable. SO glad I just wrote that term down and published it on the internet. I think they have the same fit issue as the Joe’s Jeans pair. The wash wasn’t as awesome on these, but I like the minimal distressing.
5. The “Um, What?” Pair
Levi’s 501 Long Shorts (28) – Levis. What are you doing to us? You’ve been so trustworthy for years and have created some of our favorite jeans! Maybe stick to those instead of shorts. First, Shana’s un-buttonable pair and now this. I mean WTF are those horizontal strings?? These have stretch, but they were also small even after sizing up. I guess I could have tried unrolling them like the website pic, but I honestly wanted to move on with my life so I didn’t bother with shoes, either.
6. The “Thank God, Finally” Pair
AE High-Waisted Tomgirl (6) – These…are good. The wash isn’t perfectly spot on like the top pair from AE, but it’s still good and fairly vintage-Levi’s-y, which is always my goal in finding faded denim. The length here is good on me and I like the distressing just at the hems. The rise is fairly high still, but not uncomfortable or droopy (thank god). I like them with both shoes, too. Whew. A winner!
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OK, I’m gonna go out on a limb and say we may be done trying on jean shorts for now, but at least I found one wearable pair for summer. If you have any favs…please, for the love of god, send them along. Haha. Have a good week, y’all!