I’d really like to write an open letter to nearly every brand who makes denim shorts and just ask them something that’s been on my mind for a while now. “Whyyyyyyyyy must you make all of your denim cut-off shorts look like a teensy-tiny denim diaper?!” I’m a woman in my mid thirties who is in decent shape and not a total prude I cannot find a good pair of denim shorts (save for this pair) to save my life. Last year I placed an order with Shopbop (I ordered like, eight or nine pairs) and they were all terrible. They are all either a) too tight, b) too short, c) cut so that the pockets hang out of the seams (just can’t do it, Britney traumatized me), or d) at the other end of the spectrum: too frumpy… like a Bermuda short.
I’m not alone in this. All of my girlfriends have the exact same issue. All of them. One friend was at Madewell a few weeks ago before a vacation and she couldn’t even find an appropriate pair of denim shorts there. No shade to Madewell! It’s the best for cute, classic clothes – one of my favorite places to shop and… not exactly scandalous. UGH. Come on brands! The Rag & Bone boyfriend short is literally the only acceptable denim short I’ve found. It’s ripped so it’s still cool, it’s an acceptable length, and it’s not too tight. They’re not perfect though – I’d love to find something a little less tattered and they do stretch out. I also have two pairs from Joe’s Jeans (these and these) but they are a little short… better for the beach!
Readers, I’m dying to know… do you have a favorite pair of (not too short, not too tight) denim shorts? And if so, where did you find them!? I’d love to find a pair like the ones I’m wearing that’s not so… tattered. Maybe this is my next business idea… designing a line of denim shorts for women who want something in between totally scandalous and totally frumpy.
Outfit Details: Madewell Fleet Jacket // Rebecca Taylor Top // Rag & Bone Shorts (mine are a few years old but this is the new version – more options here and here) // J.Crew Corsica Espadrilles // Cult Gaia Bag (I have the large one) // Hart Hagerty Tassel Earrings // Celine Sunglasses
photography by Lydia Hudgens.