I’m going to say something, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I love jorts. To me, they are the ultimate summer staple which basically goes with everything. You can dress them up (to an extent – see below), they never go out of style, and they too come in a variety of shapes of sizes. So no matter who you are or how you define yourself, there’s a jort for you.
But ladies, we’re not in high school anymore, and Abercrombie was popular 10 years ago. It’s 2012, and as young, stylish, professional 20-somethings, this is no time for shredded, cut-up, barely-there micro-mini jean shorts. You’re not Jessica Simpson circa 2003 (or, let’s be honest, circa 2012…come on Jess). Yes, jean shorts get a bad rap, but they can be cute and classy and totally wearable from June through September. Here’s a little guide to help you learn how to wear jean shorts and look cute and stylish, not like you’re on your way to an “Amurica” themed frat party.
1. Full coverage. No daisy dukes. No more of “this will be totally adorable if I just let a teensy bit of cheek hang out”. You’re not 17 anymore.
2. Try different lengths.
3. And colors.
4. And different washes. My rule of thumb is that the darker the wash, the easier it is to wear. And, darker wash denim looks more flattering on the majority of people, skin tones, etc.
5. Mix up the cuts. Maybe you like cut-offs. Maybe you like a rolled up hem. Each creates an entirely different look, and you get to decide which one you want.
6. Don’t go high-waisted. I know, it’s trendy right now. But it looks terrible… on everyone. Just don’t do it. Trust me.
7. And stick to pairing jean shorts with flats, sneaks, or sandals. No heels. Ever. Gross.
Do you have a favorite cut or style? Know of the perfect store for buying a pair of denim shorts? Let us all in on your secrets in the comments section below!
After graduating from college in ’09, Allyson Barkan flew off to Greece to teach English Literature at a private high school and explore Greek and European culture for a year. Since returning stateside, she now works in Entertainment Public Relations in New York City. For travel advice, stray observations as a 20-something in the big city, and the occasional hilarious misadventure, follow Allyson atwww.allysonbarkan.com and on twitter at @aebarkan.