Q. I've seen lots of adorable denim shorts in magazines and on celebrities lately, and I love the look - both the ragged-edge cut-offs and cute cuffed styles. What style is most flattering on those of us that aren't model-skinny?
Any tips for doing it myself and cutting off a pair? I have several drawers full of old jeans at home (it's an addiction), many of which I rarely wear because they are either no longer in style or don't fit perfectly. I'd love to transform an unused pair into cute shorts!
And how can I wear them without looking sloppy? Somehow all the magazines make jean shorts look like part of a purposeful outfit rather than bummy weekend wear - what's the secret?
A. Denim shorts are indeed a big trend this season, available in long knee-grazing lengths and short "Daisy Duke" lengths, with or without cuffs and in all washes ranging from dark to super distressed. In other words, when it comes to denim shorts, practically anything goes.
When it comes to finding the most flattering style for your figure, it's all about your thighs. If your thighs are slim and toned, you're one of the lucky few who can wear most styles. For the rest of us, we recommend choosing a length that covers the widest (or bumpiest) part of your thighs. Petite women look best in lengths that hit mid-thigh or above to help lengthen legs. Below are some styles in varying lengths and washes:
Denim shorts can also be quite versatile: wear them with tank tops and t-shirts with beachy sandals, or feminine blouses and boyfriend blazers with heels and wedges. Below are some looks for inspiration (first 2 images: shopbop.com; image at right: freepeople.com):