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Wardrobe Staple: Denim Shorts

I was recently asked to recommend some denim shorts, a task I feel eminently qualified to do as in the summer I basically live in these things. My favorite long time pair are cuffed shorts that I converted into cut offs myself from Seven.

Denim Shorts

The current version of the Sevens are here. However, I’m not sure if I would really recommend paying over $100 or even $60 for cut off shorts. Mine are my favorite probably because I’ve just had them for so long, and they’ve gone through so many alterations and washes that now they’re like an old friend – one of those “comfort” items in your closet. Instead, what I would recommend for someone looking for cut offs? These Levi’s 501 pairs.

Levis shorts 2

Levis Shorts

These jean shorts are super classic (who knows more about denim than Levi’s?), and the perfect length and rise. They were super comfortable, to boot. Actually perhaps a little too comfortable. I always go a size larger with jean shorts as I like them to be a little loose and more comfortable – however, these ended up being a smidgen too big for comfort. I’m in the process of exchanging for a size down. The best part? The price! All two pairs that I show are on sale for $40 (along with a great distressed gray color). You can find the light wash pair, the darker wash pair, and gray wash pair (not shown above), all less than $40, linked accordingly!

Here’s some more denim cut off inspiration – Miranda Kerr, Jennifer Aniston, and Kate Moss (who I always try to include in every inspiration post!).



Glastonbury Music Festival 2005 - Day 1

What are your favorite denim cut offs? And how long have you had them?

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  • TP
    August 18, 2014 at 9:34 am

    I have to say, I’m loving the shoes even more. Would you mind telling me where they are from?

    • Katherine
      August 18, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      Hi! They are last season Stuart Weitzman šŸ™‚ Super comfy!

  • Joanne
    August 18, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Love your top! Would you mind telling me where it’s from? Thanks!

    • Anonymous
      August 18, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      I second this. I love your top and would love to know where it is from.

      • Katherine
        August 18, 2014 at 10:02 pm

        It’s super old, I went to go look and unfortunately it’s from a brand I don’t think exists anymore – Y & Kei.

  • Jyoti
    August 18, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    I’ve never been a big fan of denim cutoffs, but you make them look good Katherine! I am feeling the smallest stirring of denim short desire! šŸ˜›

    • Katherine
      August 18, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      yes! Get the levi’s!

  • Michelle
    August 18, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Very cute outfit!

  • Sara
    August 19, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Me too! I live in my distressed rag & bone jean shorts and a black cut off pair from Ksubi but wow are they super short! The Levi’s are a smart purchase at $40. Kate moss perfect as always!

  • T
    August 19, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    I am wearing my Levi’s denim shorts all the time this summer. Love them!