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I’ve always wanted to be the kind of girl who can wear denim cutoffs during the summer. Thrown on over a bathing suit or paired with a simple T-shirt, they are the epitome of easy, casual cool. That said, my personal style leans more towards preppy and polished à la Kate Middleton than towards a boho Cara Delevingne at Glastonbury. On top of that, I worry that as a working mom in her thirties something just feels borderline inappropriate about pouring my bottom half into a pair of jean shorts. (Case in point, when I bring home several denim shorts options to test drive, my husband takes one look at them hanging in the closet and asks, “Are those your booty shorts?!” in a panicked tone.) I mean if you (or anyone for that matter) have to ask, you’re probably too old for them—right? Despite this fact, I’m perpetually drawn to images of Gisele, Beyoncé, and Jennifer Aniston—all over 30—wearing their cutoffs on coffee runs and corralling children in the park. And to be fair, and for the sake of clarity, I’m not referring to booty shorts, Daisy Dukes, or anything resembling a hot pant, just classic all-American cutoffs.
Pondering this fashion girl problem, I email Vogue Contributing Editor and chic Brit, mom of two, Plum Sykes, to get her thoughts on the matter. Her response:
I’m 44, and I have never even heard of the term cutoff—which clearly makes me far too old to wear them. Moms can pull off very few fashiony looks and if this one is as risqué as it sounds, moms should avoid at their fashion peril. Hope this helps.
Funny . . . but not exactly what I wanted to hear. Looking for more information, I call on yet another sage Contributing Editor and fellow mom in my contact list, Lauren Santo Domingo. “There are definitely certain things I feel too old for,” confesses Santo Domingo. “For me, that’s platform shoes and statement necklaces. But cutoffs are just a summer version of the denim jean; and therefore, ageless.”
Keeping Plum and Lauren’s differing opinions in mind, I reach out to resident Denim Editor Kelly Connor for her two cents. “As with jeans, it’s important to find the length that is most flattering for your shape. A longer or slimmer leg can pull off a longer short, while a more abbreviated style looks best on petit or curvy figures,” explains Connor. “The key to keeping it ‘classy’ and age-appropriate is how you style them. A long short is less revealing, meaning the top can be slightly more bare and the shoe can be higher. With a shorter cutoff—and I’m by no means talking about shorts so short the pockets show on the bottom (leave those to the festival kids)—it is best to keep the shoe flat and the top modest.” Well-said words from the expert.
The bottom line is the look can be achieved at any age as long as it’s done right. This means keeping problem areas covered by taking shape into account with distressing kept to a minimum. And, ultimately, as with most looks that are somewhat fashion-forward, it’s all about how you carry yourself. If you can wear a shorter cutoff with sophistication and confidence, then all the power to you—no matter what your age!