I’ve been frustrated with jean shorts for the last few years. I used to just buy Abercrombie cutoffs in a size or two bigger for a perfectly slouchy fit and they were great. But then came the high-rise that just kept getting higher and the hemline that just kept getting shorter . . . and I’m sorry, but super-short shorts with a super high-rise is just not my jam. Judging from Shana’s recent horrifying denim shorts try-on article, lots of people are searching for that perfect pair of jean shorts that you can literally wear with everything from flip flops to heels without feeling like a total fashion victim. I feel like trends are all over the place when it comes to denim shorts, so I thought I’d order a bunch to see what’s out there.
Denim Shorts For All Summer: Try-On Sesh
Usually, I have a rule that I won’t even try anything over $100, but after finding my new favorite (super-perfect, super-soft) wide-leg jeans by breaking that rule, I thought I’d venture out and see what all the hype was about. Sometimes the cost is totally worth it, and sometimes you can find exactly what you’re looking for for less. Here are my top 5:
1. The Winners: rag & bone “The Cutoff” Denim Shorts
I literally said “Oh. My. God.” when I put these on. I love everything about them. From the perfect fit (tts, in my usual 28’s), to the wash, the distressing, the broken-in softness of the fabric . . . LOVE. My favorite thing is that they’re longer in the back so there’s more coverage exactly where I want it. THIS will be the pair I will be wearing (almost) daily this summer. I’ll dress them up with heels and cute tops, and dress them down with flip flops and t-shirts. Honestly, if I had to buy ONE thing for the summer, these shorts would be it. (OK, and a swimsuit—but both will get tons of use.)
Featured: rag & bone “The Cutoff” Denim Shorts, Size 28
Featured: J Brand 1044 Cutoff Denim Shorts, Size 29
Featured: Rag & Bone Dre Distressed Denim Shorts, Size 28
Featured: Joe’s Ozzie Cutoff Shorts, Size 28
Some reviews said to size up, some said down so I just went with my usual size 6 and they fit perfectly. I feel like this is the perfect in-between length if you’re trying to find a shorter pair that’s not too short. One percent spandex for a tiny bit of stretch.
Featured: Kut from the Kloth Gidget Denim Shorts, Size 6
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