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Every Girl Should Own: Cutoff Jean Shorts

Cutoff jean shorts are a summer-wardrobe staple. They perfectly showcase tanned stems and are durable enough to withstand melted ice cream, sweat and sunscreen (and many a spin cycle). But there is a thin line between jorts (that would be a combo of the words "jean" and "shorts," which are what tourists with pale legs and mandals wear when they are shopping for Statue of Liberty trinkets) and the super-cool, channeling Chloe Sevigny kind of cutoffs. The key here is to go with a pair that are vintagey looking and slightly beat-up. They're versatile enough to wear with everything from a gray T-shirt and flip-flops to a blazer and heels. It's up to you if you want to go with classic faded blue, or if you're more into cool gray or crisp white--the length is also up for grabs, but just make sure the hem is perfectly frayed--even if you just bought them yesterday.

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Styling Tips:

-- Pair them with a drapey tank, leather sandals and a straw fedora for a bike ride around town.

-- Throw on a blazer, silk blouse and some flatforms and you are working a serious downtown vibe.

-- Dare to do double-denim and wear with a chambray shirt--Stella McCartney did it, Derek Lam did it, and now it's your turn. Trust.

from top left, clockwise: Madewell shorts, $99.99, madewell.com; Free People shorts, $68, piperlime.com; Candie's shorts, $25.99, kohls.com; RVCA shorts, $29.99, urbanoutfitters.com; M2F shorts, $78, freepeople.com; Les Halles Bermuda shorts, $86, shopbop.com; Parkside shorts, $84, neimanmarcus.com; Siwy shorts, $152, shopbop.com

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