3 Ways to Elevate Denim Cut Off Shorts for Summer

3 Ways to Elevate Denim Cut Off Shorts for Summer

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Top: Forever 21 (under $20!) | Shorts: American Eagle | Shoes: Zara | Sunglasses: Similar | Bracelets: Target (under $10!) | Rings: Forever 21

Denim cutoffs are the perfect staple piece for a Summer wardrobe, especially here in the south. I’ve styled several different pairs over the years here on the blog both casually and a little more dressed up. I always end up liking the look more when it

Offset cutoffs with a structured top

To elevate denim cut off shorts pair them with a nice button down or structured top. This will immediately balance out the casual look that cutoff shorts are usually associated with.

Step up your shoe game

You can also play up your shoes in order to add a more polished element to your look. Pearl shoes have been huge this spring and these from Zara are my absolute favorite. They run true to size and are finally back in stock.

When all else fails, accessorize

Pair the look with simple or statement accessories to pull everything together. I also loved the gold accessories I wore in this other denim look from last Summer styling the same shorts.

46 Comments

  1. Jessica Jacobowitz Weinberg
    May 3, 2017 / 9:21 am

    Those rip off shorts are so perfect for summer. And I am obsessed with those slides! They are so chic!
    xo Jessica
    http://www.whatsfordinneresq.com

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 3, 2017 / 10:00 am

      Thanks so much Jessica!

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 3, 2017 / 10:00 am

      I love them! I lived in them all last summer too.

  2. May 3, 2017 / 9:22 am

    I’m swooning over your shoes! I love the new pearl embellished trend — so cute and feminine!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 3, 2017 / 10:01 am

      Thank you Lily! I need to get more pearl shoes soon.

  3. May 3, 2017 / 9:43 am

    i love how you styled this cut off shorts! seriously needing some slides myself!

    kileen
    cute & little

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 3, 2017 / 10:01 am

      Thank you Kileen!

  4. Kate Blue
    May 3, 2017 / 10:06 am

    Those shorts are so cute! And what perfect shoes!

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 3, 2017 / 12:39 pm

      Thank you Kate!

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 3, 2017 / 12:46 pm

      Thanks so much and Happy Birthday!

  5. May 3, 2017 / 10:37 am

    Love the fraying on these shorts. And those sandals are adorable!

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 3, 2017 / 12:46 pm

      Thank you Laura!

  6. Amanda Nicole Hughes
    May 3, 2017 / 12:05 pm

    I’ve never loved shorts on myself but you’re certainly making me want to try them out again! Love the distressing!

    xo, Amanda | http://www.thgoldengirldiary.com

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 3, 2017 / 12:52 pm

      You totally should! They have all different cuts and lengths. I know there are some out there for you.

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 3, 2017 / 12:38 pm

      You do! They are so pretty and very comfortable.

  7. Bailey
    May 3, 2017 / 3:28 pm

    Oh I love those black distressed shorties! so cute!

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 4, 2017 / 8:21 am

      Thank you Bailey!

  8. May 3, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    I am all about the accessories! I feel like the right jewelry can seriously change an outfit so much! Loving this look!

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 4, 2017 / 8:21 am

      I totally agree!

  9. May 3, 2017 / 7:23 pm

    these are definitely the tips i try to follow! i’m especially loving the shoes, girlfriend! those pearls are the best statement!

    stephanie // SheSawStyle.com

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 4, 2017 / 8:21 am

      Thanks so much Stephanie!

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 4, 2017 / 8:21 am

      Thank you Jessica!

  10. May 3, 2017 / 9:18 pm

    Great tips!

    Liv

    livforstyle.net

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 4, 2017 / 4:02 pm

      Thank you Lorena!

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 5, 2017 / 9:46 am

      Thanks Lorena!

  11. Audrey Stowe
    May 4, 2017 / 5:47 pm

    Cutoffs are my summer staple! Loved reading this for more tips on how to style. xo

  12. Nicole Mölders
    May 6, 2017 / 3:00 am

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. I love the striped shirt. So unexpected with cutoffs.

  13. May 7, 2017 / 3:37 am

    How cute are those pearl sandals! Love!
    Thanks for joining the Fabulous Friday link up.
    Gail

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 8, 2017 / 2:29 pm

      I know right!? They are the best.

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 8, 2017 / 2:29 pm

      Thanks so much!

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