hermes kelly look for less

Remember in this post and this post when I talked about dressing for your body? Well, this is an example of me not doing that. Ha! But seriously, a billowy top with shorts is not necessarily highlighting my best features. I usually highlight my waist and cover these legs, but sometimes you find a piece so fabulous that you have to make an exception.

I never paid more than $30 for a pair of denim cutoffs… until I moved to Southern California. When the weather is 70-85 year-round, you find that a few awesome pairs of shorts become essential. My waist to rump ratio is not of the average gal, so it takes a special pair to fit like a glove and these are the winner. So much so that I bought this second pair.  For less of a splurge I really like this pair too!

hunter bell striped top

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photos by Vincent Elejorde


top via Hunter Bell, also love this one and this one and love this dress version | shorts (run TTS), also available here, just bought these | bag | heels, flat version on sale here and here | sunglasses | “3” necklace | earrings | monogram ring | albion ring

And of course I couldn’t go without acknowledging the fabulous ladies at Lavender Salon and Boutique for blowing out this mane and doing my makeup before this shoot. I was so lucky to coincide a little girls pampering day with a Vincent-shoot day, so I had to give proper credit because you KNOW I couldn’t get dolled up this good!

If you’re in the Newport Beach area, this place is the best.  Thanks so much for reading! XO –

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25 thoughts on “Finding the Perfect Cutoff Shorts

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  1. The shorts look amazing on you, you have great legs, you shouldn’t feel like you should cover them. And the top is super cool as well, that fabric seems so summery.

  2. I LOVE this look! I couldn’t pull off those shorts BUT I really love the top. What kind of bra, if any, do you wear with a plunging neckline like that?

  3. I’ve been seeing these shorts everywhere and I have almost pulled the trigger in purchasing them twice now. I just have a tendency to really wear out shorts. But everyone keeps raving about them. I like high waisted jeans and shorts since I have a tiny waist but hate the feeling of my butt hanging out or too short shorts. Did you try on the top shop pair? I might get them instead. I own a pair of Levi’s and love them but they are really worn. I should just buy the AG’s. Grrrr… I guess life is good if this is my biggest problem right now. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I have the Topshop pair too! I like this pair best because it’s less distressed and feels a little more mature. Worse case scenario – order them both and see what you think! Shopbop and Nordstrom both have free return shipping!

    2. What size did you get in the Top Shop pair? I’m going to purchase but want to make sure I get the sizing correct. I’m usually a 0/26/27. What do you suggest for too shop uk sizing?

      1. If you look up the U.K./US size converting in google – I think that helps with the sizing. With topshop if you’re in between sizing I would recommend sizing up. Hope that helps!

  4. What I like about this outfit is how you created a grown up, chic look with cutoff shorts. I always end up looking like a teenager when I wear cutoff shorts, haha! The way you wear that loose top with the shorts is really cute and relaxed. And dressing for your body? I believe as long as you wear what you love, who cares if it flatters or not flatters your body.


  5. Girl, you look phenomenal! I totally get it because I feel sensitive about my legs too, but speaking from the outside, I absolutely love this look on you and you should never feel insecure about those stems!
    Love your blog and IG. Thanks for all the fashion tips and advice! 🙂

  6. How is the sizing on these? I usually like my shorts to fit loser and size up but end up gaping in the waste when they are high wasted. How did you size in these versus a pair of skinny jeans? Thanks!

    1. I share in the post (where they’re linked) that I think they run true to size (TTS). I ordered my usual denim size.

  7. This is actually one of my frequent problems. I love wearing cutoff shorts but they are either too revealing or too long. I do not have long legs like yours so it is really hard to find a perfect one for my size. What helps me pull off the cutoff shorts look is by wearing cicihot shoes. It does magic to my ootds.

    1. They run true to size – I ordered the size I wear in designer denim. Hope that helps!

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