How to Wear Denim Shorts Like a Grown-Up

by Natalie Cantell

Ever stared at someone, trying to pinpoint what it is that makes them so chic? When it’s not as obvious as a designer slip-on, it can be hard to decipher exactly what was mixed and matched to create the covetable finish. Enter our new series, Mix Masters, dedicated to cracking the style code of our favorite It girls. We’ve teamed up with 7 for All Mankind to ensure that we address the one thing we all wear on rotation: denim. 

Natalie and Dylana Suarez are all kinds of cool. The L.A. transplants have long lived in the New York neighborhoods of DUMBO and Bushwick, the official homes of chic kids who reside beyond the predictability of Manhattan. Natalie, a model and the editor of Natalie Off Duty, and Dylana, a writer, photographer, and fashion blogger (who, it’s worth mentioning, once auditioned for American Idol), are effortless in their characteristically millennial embrace of multiple job titles.

Affectionately dubbed the Suarez sisters, the pair are three years apart in age but much closer in terms of style. “We definitely overlap,” Dylana tells us. “Natalie really loves the statement pieces, while I usually go for the more understated looks, but we’re both inspired by rock ’n’ roll and vintage California. We just interpret it in our own ways.”

When it comes to denim, both Dylana and Natalie are unapologetic champions of jean shorts. “I remember being inspired by Sienna Miller and Kate Moss when they rocked bohemian denim shorts with cool moto boots or moccasins,” Dylana recalls. “They were both always huge style inspirations; they really elevated that denim-shorts look for me.” Adds Natalie, “The biggest misconception is that they’re too casual, but you can style them so many ways.”

Never ones to miss the opportunity for a style challenge, we asked Dylana and Natalie to prove that cutoffs are as chic as they are wearable. In response? These New Yorkers gave us three perfect ways to wear their edit of 7 for All Mankind’s denim shorts—styled specifically for grown-ups.


"Super '70s with a rock 'n' roll vintage feel. High necklines and popping prints."


"Relaxed, sun-soaked denim that looks like you've lived in it summer after summer."


"Urban cowboy. Desert chic. Made for road trips."


Courtesy of 7 for All Mankind

Want more ways to wear your denim? See our other favorite It girls share their denim secrets with Mix Masters.

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