Denim Cut Offs
From day to night at any price.0
“Maybe it’s because there isn’t much material,” a friend proposed as I shocked over the low sticker price of this season’s cut off shorts. True, if you price the denim per measurement, maybe they aren’t a bargain. But if you can wear them day and night, then at $75 a pop, jean cut off shorts are a must have summer staple.
Originally thought to be for sexy car washes and days at the country, for the past few summers (and winters!) jean cut offs have been sneaking back into our lives. And with the economy stripping our summer wardrobe budget, there has never been a better time to enjoy one of fashions easiest and most versatile hot-weather trends.
Cut offs range in price, designer and style. A pair of J. Brand cut offs at Intermix can cost $155, but you can get a pair of Levi’s 501 for a little less than $50 at Urban. The coolest pair to date are a studded, lightly stone-washed pair of Blank cut offs (above) that cost $78 and transition better to night time than the more outdoorsy Levi pair. And yes, you can wear your strappy 5 inch stilettos with them – at least for now – or your ancient Jack Purcell’s. Last week at Gossip Girl’s overexposed 1 Oak club, I spotted 10+ trend trackers wearing denim cut offs paired with loose tanks and a blazer, more formal, flowery button ups and girly camisoles. These city betties weren’t shy about pairing them with high stilettos. Neutral-toned footwear makes your stems appear endless, while strappy cage sandals and gladiators give the jeans an edge. For your Hamptons weekends, opt for espadrilles and a floppy hat.
Whatever your fancy, make sure your preferred cut offs match your body shape. Larger thighs require more leg room. You don’t want to look like a pickle squeezed into a test tube. Shorter girls can take more length off, and bigger middles require baggier shirts so the attention gravitates towards your legs. For the breezy nights, a long, lightweight cardigan looks great. To belt or not to belt is your choice, but never too tight.
This trend is sure to return time and time again, so whether you’re hell bent on making your own or have some dollars to spend, cut offs are a reliable (and economical) addition to your wardrobe.
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