Siwy Madeleine Short in Cape Cod

Alright, well I never need to change. I’ve found my absolute favorite summer short. These perfect cut offs are from Siwy, and today I’m reviewing their Siwy Madeleine Short in Aloha. Confession: when these arrived right before the 4th of July, I didn’t take them off for the entire long weekend. Since moving to California, my daily uniform consists of distressed denim cut offs and a cashmere vneck with bold jewelry from Svelte Metals. Working from home and running around a casual city like San Francisco means I can depend on this trusted look and I rotate my favorite pieces like a constant uniform.

As we all know, denim shorts aren’t the easiest to pull off, and it’s incredibly important to find a pair that fits and flatters your body type. For me, I always go up one size in denim shorts so they aren’t too snug, taking on a slouchier more casual look. For this Siwy pair, I ordered one size up from my go-to for skinny jeans and they fit perfectly. Plus, these shorts feature 8% stretch – 6% more than usual denim making them incredible comfortable and flattering across the back.

Siwy Madeleine Short in Cape Cod

The Madeleine short comes in multiple washes and features a 7.5” rise and a 2” inseam. For me, the length is perfect and provides complete coverage while still being on trend as a very short cut off. If you’re concerned about the length, definitely order a size up, and you can wear them a bit lower on the hips for a slouchier but sexy look (with a bit of extra coverage!). The longer fringe and the bit of pocket hanging down also provides a bit of extra coverage.

Across the front pockets, the Madeline Short features two square panels of distressing. I really like that the lighter wash of the denim on the shorts means that the distressing is tonal and doesn’t stand out as much. On indigo cut offs, you can always see the white coming through on the distressing, which is fun and casual but if it’s too much, can make the jeans look too young and make you look like a surf bum lost at Coachella. The light wash feels a bit fresher, and offers a unique & unexpected alternative to every other go-to denim cut off short.

I love when I find a pair of jeans where I don’t already have something similar in my wardrobe. (this job means I have a lot of jeans….) For these, the subtle distressing, unexpected color, and the contrast stitching make them unique.

For styling, these pair well with lots of different looks, from my own trusty uniform, to a casual look for a beach day, or for a slightly preppier look like this outfit I wore over 4th of July weekend. I paired the shorts with a gingham button down stolen from my boyfriend’s closet, a vintage belt, classic Tod’s Gommino drivers, and jewelry from Svelte Metals.

outfit: shorts: Siwy Madeleine in Alohato, shirt: J. Crew , belt: vintage , shoes: Tod’s , jewelry: Svelte Metals

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Caroline Rooney
Caroline Rooney is a San Francisco based stylist and model. Following internships with American Eagle Outfitters, Diane von Furstenberg, Parfums de Christian Dior, and Condé Nast, Caroline launched socially conscious clothing line The Bearon, in 2008. The Bearon was named one of INC. Magazine's "Coolest College Start Ups" in 2009. In 2011, Caroline joined the buying team at, buying both men's & women's denim. She fell hard for menswear, and grew particularly passionate about the denim industry. Throughout, Caroline has been signed as a print and runway model and has appeared in campaigns for Dodge, Ford, Ella Sven, & Bloomingdales, and worked with Neiman Marcus, Chanel, Donna Karan, and Miley Cyrus. After spending years on sets she developed an eye for styling and in the fall of 2013, moved to San Francisco to launch her career as a menswear stylist. Currently, Caroline is launching the menswear blog Bearon & Brothers, and works as a stylist for menswear e-commerce brand Bonobos. She is also an instructor of fashion styling at the Academy of Art University, and contributor to the denim blog "Denimology".