The thing about cut-offs is how surprisingly versatile they are, going from beach to dinner with just a few swaps. Emily favors throwing on a blazer to make them dinner-appropriate, while Jess embraces them as weekend warriors, and Leslie brings her pair to every beach day. Now that it's upwards of 90 degrees in L.A. each day, we thought we'd share three simple ways to style cut-offs this summer, and where we wear each style:
A blazer may not be the first thing you reach for with denim cut-offs, but it's actually the perfect final touch. Because cut-offs are so quintessentially casual, they require a "high" option to balance-out the "low" look if you want to wear them anywhere more dressed-up than the beach. To make the outfit look just a bit more intentional and pulled together, I added a pearl clip and heels along with the blazer, options that may feel overdone if not offset by the shorts.
I don't wear denim cut-offs often (in fact, I nearly got rid of them when I did a recent closet overhaul), but I kept a pair for beach days, since there really is nothing more effortless for a day in the sun. This weekend, I threw on a black one-piece with cut-offs and slides after a hike in Malibu, which took me from a post-hike dip in the ocean to a casual brunch with friends. I want my weekend outfits to be as carefree and go-with-the-flow as the day—and this turned out to be the perfect combo.
Is it bold to wear heels and cutoffs? Absolutely. But I like to offset the serious (and extremely pale) amount of leg with an oversized, white linen shirt. If I was feeling a bit more low key, I'd wear the same outfit with my high top black Converse.
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