I’ll be the first to say – maybe even exclaim: I love denim cutoffs! 😉

But that doesn’t mean I’m unaware of the common grievances we all have with this staple. Namely, how uncomfortably, even mortifying-ly short they can get in this weather. Walk enough blocks in the summer heat, and the hems start to roll up…and, soon enough, your bottoms resemble something akin to a denim diaper. (Alternatively: Narrowly avoid flashing somebody during a quaint picnic at the park, just because you shifted your seating position ever so slightly.)

Then, you also need to be mindful to not leave your denim shorts too long, of course, as this can make your shorts stifling (especially during a heatwave) and a touch harder to style. That sweet spot in-between is where we want to be.

The magical, elusive “just-right” length for denim cutoffs is somewhere in the three- and four-inch inseam range. Anything shorter and risk the above mentioned summer dressing disasters. Anything longer, and you cross from laid-back cutoffs to weird, not-quite-Bermuda territory.

I put together a shortlist of some very cool pairs that meet this measurement, so you can check this concern off of your list.

frayed hems
PRPS High Rise Short
denim shorts
Citizens of Humanity The Skyler Cutoff Denim Shorts
embroidered denim
BLANKNYC Embroidered Denim Shorts
black cut-offs
American Eagle Outfitters The Midi Shorts in Black
white denim
AG The Hailey n White
shadow effect pockets
Madewell Perfect Jean Short: shadow-pocket edition
distressed denim
Ralph Lauren Frayed Denim Shorts
black denim
Siwy Avery Boy Shorts

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