SIWY Denim Camilla Short in Playful

In honor of the Indian summer we’re currently having here in San Francisco, I wanted to post a look with some of my favorite new cut off shorts: The Siwy Denim Camilla Short in Playful. As many of you know, I am a major fan of SIWY Denim and their trendy distressed denim, boyfriend jeans, and their absolutely perfect denim shorts (speaking of which, have you checked out my Outside Lands Denim Recap featuring Siwy?).

Finding the perfect pair of denim shorts can you be tough. Cut offs are great, as long as they don’t fit too snug, or hit so short they show your bum. A little slouch is perfect, and a rough edge makes the look beachy and casual. After trying denim shorts from multiple brands, SIWY continues to be my favorite for the perfect fit, comfort, and on-trend washes and detailing. I always order my denim shorts one size up from my usual size in skinny jeans for a comfortable fit that looks relaxed and not too form fitted. I keep this rule for SIWY Denim, always going one size up for the best fit.

SIWY Denim makes loads of denim shorts in multiple lengths, styles, colors, and levels of distressing, and they are available all year round. Here in California cut off shorts are a year-round staple, and as SIWY is based in NY & California, they are always offering great denim short styles for every season. In fact, when my friends and styling clients ask where they can find denim shorts after the summer collections have disappeared, I consistently recommend SIWY.

SIWY Denim Camilla Short in Playful

For this review, I’m wearing the Camilla style which features a 7.5” rise and a 2” inseam. The leg openings are lightly frayed without being too distressed, and the back pockets featured the signature SIWY Denim patch detail. What makes these denim shorts extra unique is the fun assortment of patches sewn on the legs and waistband. Each pair features 5 patches which are fun and cheeky and for me, feel perfectly California hippie. These are such a fun alternative to a traditional cut off short and are a great option for vacation or if you’re planning to hit any end of summer music festivals. They remind me of road trips and surf culture, and feel uniquely California in a very Americana way. That’s why for this look, I paired the shorts back to one of my favorite cheeky tops – a “Bogus” sweatshirt from NYC surf brand Saturdays Surf.

To round out my very Cali look, I’m wearing a pair of flat sandals and my favorite sunnies from Illesteva. The whole look is beachy with a tongue-in-cheek California surfer vibe … anything to prolong the feeling of summer!

outfit: sunnies: Illestevasweatshirt: Saturdays Surf, shorts: SIWY Denim Camilla Short in Playfulsandals: Donna Karan Collection

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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".