Twelve Things every Teen Girl needs in her closet. Number 4 – denim cut-off shorts
Summer may be winding down, but denim cut-off shorts live on for a while where we live, (and for many of you, too.) Many of our readers already own denim shorts and have been living in them through the hot summer months. Nothing says casual-cool like a perfectly fitting pair of cut-offs. Whether you’re after a new pair or your first pair, we’re here to help you choose the right style for you!
…is everything and cuts will vary, even if the shorts look the same on the rack. Some denim cut-offs can be really (really really) short. While those might look great on you, our favorites have at least a 2.5″-3″ inseam. That makes them not only on-trend, but appropriate to wear to more places. If you’re looking online, most retailers will list the inseam in their style notes.
I think the most flattering style of cut-off shorts has a relaxed boyfriend fit. These will sit a little lower on your hips. Recently, high-waisted denim shorts have made a comeback. High-waisted shorts have a waistband that sits pretty high above your bellybutton. Style tip: Try these on! They look amazing on some people but not on everyone. If the inseam is really short and the waistband, really high, it can make you look shorter.
Check out our mood board for more styles and fit tips.
- Here’s a basic cut-off short with a cuffed hem. Decide if you like your hem cuffed or un-cuffed, or you can collect both. This is a relaxed boyfriend style with some fading to make the denim feel soft and look lived-in. If you’re only going to have one pair of denim shorts, this is the style we recommend.
- If you’re not into short-shorts, no problem! You can still be trendy and stylish. These longer bermuda length shorts look great with long, boho flowy tops. We also love the darker wash with some whiskering detail.
- If you buy a second pair, try white! We love white denim shorts with another one of our Twelve Things series closet items: the chambray shirt! Knot the shirt at the waistband or leave it untucked if your shorts are long enough.
- These faded black shorts are another great choice for your second pair. They are also a new favorite of Kate’s. Note the frayed hem? We like this, but not everyone does.
- Ripped and frayed and a little destroyed and all that? Yes please! We love it. If you look in our personal collection, many of those have some rips and tears. When you go shopping, you’ll see destroyed shorts with just a teeny bit of fraying, up to huge, gaping holes. Again, try them on and find what looks best on you. One of our go-to looks is a pair of distressed shorts with that classic white tee we’re always talking about. Belt or no belt, just tuck in the front part of the tee into your waistband. Cool and easy.
That’s all for now. If you have shopping, fit, or style questions, we are always here to help.