Denim Cutoffs Can Be Dangerous, but Here's How to Look Chic in Them


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If you know how to confidently wear denim shorts, and you aren't 16, then I have to congratulate you right away and offer you a big, virtual pat on the back. I didn't even know how to get away with them when I was in my teens, and now the denim mountain seems only harder to climb.

A few years ago, when Alexa Chung launched her first AG Jeans collection, I recall her saying that she had moved past the time where she felt they looked appropriate on her. Fortunately, she didn't follow that notion through, and she's now a prime example of how you can pull off cutoffs when you aren't at school and planning your weekend shenanigans at, I don't know, Wireless Festival.

Getting to grips with daisy dukes is like studying for The Knowledge. You're going to take some wrong turns here and there—they are one item that can easily look cheap, ill-fitting and consequently unflattering. But (butt?) we have solutions, and they come in the form of some recent street style sightings.

Keep reading to see the cutoff outfit ideas that work a dream.


Skate Shorts + Sweatshirt + Strappy Heels
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Prim Blouse + Stone-Wash Shorts + Mules
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Cutoffs + Blouse + Sneakers
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Long-Line Shorts + Cami + Duster Coat
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Micro-Shorts + Belted Coat + High Heels
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A-Line Shorts + Fancy Top + Slides
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Vintage Shorts + Ladylike Outerwear + Loafers
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Embroidered Shorts + Jean Belt + Retro Blouse
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Next up, the best skinny jeans in the world.

Hannah Almassi
Editor in Chief

Hannah Almassi is the Editor in Chief of Who What Wear UK. Hannah has been part of the the Who What Wear brand since 2015, when she was headhunted to launch the UK sister site and social channels, implement a localised content strategy and build out the editorial team. She joined following a seven-year tenure at Grazia magazine, where she led front-of-book news, fashion features and shopping specials as fashion news and features editor. With experience in both print and digital across fashion and beauty, Hannah has over 16 years in the field as a journalist, editor, content strategist and brand consultant. Hannah has interviewed industry heavyweights such as designers including Marc Jacobs and Jonathan Anderson through to arbiters of taste including Katie Grand and Anna Dello Russo. A skilled moderator and lecturer specialising in the shift to digital media and e-commerce, Hannah’s opinion and work has been sought by the likes of CNBC, BBC, The Sunday Times Style, The Times, The Telegraph and, among many others. Hannah is often called upon for her take on trends, becoming known as a person with their finger of the pulse of what’s happening in the fashion space for stylish Brits. Hannah currently resides in Eastbourne with her photographer husband, incredibly busy son and highly Instagrammable cat.