Happy Wednesday, Ladies!
I hope everybody has had a great week so far. Mine has been BUSY! Tomorrow is the shoot for my upcoming STMT x Victoria Emerson bracelet collaboration (I’m so excited!), so I’ve been having fun behind the scenes planning outfits for the post.
I want the outfits to be super cute, and I of course want them to showcase the bracelets beautifully, so I ordered TONS of items and totally hit the jackpot on a few. In fact, I’m so excited that I actually think I might show you flat lays of some of the outfits next week!
The bracelet post doesn’t launch until May 20th, and I’m afraid most things will be out of stock by then, so I want to give y’all the chance to grab some of the fabulous pieces. Like this DARLING top from Anthro. It’s pricey, BUT I’M IN LOVE. The colors! The pattern! The embroidery! The little ruffle sleeves! IT’S ALL GOOD. It’s pricey, but I’m willing to pay more to have some special pieces in my closet.
Today is ALL ABOUT DENIM SHORTS because EVERYBODY needs a pair of denim shorts that they LOVE.
Last summer I basically wore these denim shorts every dang day. Seriously, I’m not even kidding. Sure, I rotated in some white cut offs every so often, but I would guess that 90% of the time it was these shorts on my body. This year I’m happy to have some options! I’m showcasing 4 pairs of denim shorts today: 2 from Wit and Wisdom and 2 from BlankNYC. You’ll get to see different washes, different fits, and varying lengths to help you see what the best shorts are for YOU!
Let’s kick things off with the shorts I rarely took off last summer. These boyfriend denim shorts are from BLANKNYC.
I’ve owned these shorts for 3 years now, and they’re still going strong. They’ve got some stretch in them (which makes them very comfortable) and I just love the style. I own them in both a 27 and a 28. I’m wearing the size 27 here, but I actually prefer the fit of the size 28. The 28s give me a bit more length and a bit more room, which I appreciate. These have a 3″ inseam. (I still can’t find my 28s, which is why I’m wearing the 27s in today’s post. I’m giving it another week, and then I guess I’m ordering a new pair.)
Here’s a close up.
I really appreciate that the cuffs are tacked up on the sides, so they don’t come unrolled in the wash. I will say that I’m semi careful when washing these shorts. First of all, I don’t wash them after every wear. I wash them after every SEVERAL wears. Also, I only pop them in the dryer for like 10 minutes, and then I either lay flat or hang to dry the remainder of the time.
I’m telling you, I wear them ALL THE TIME.
These next shorts are from the same maker as the above shorts, they are just a washed black. They are essentially the exact same shorts, just in a new color. Actually, after receiving a question from a reader yesterday (shout out, Julie!), I realize that these maybe fit a teeny tiny bit tighter at the leg opening. After reading the specs, it’s clear that the black ones are a bit tighter around the upper thigh at 23″ (compared to 24″), but that’s really the only difference I notice.
I know all of you that already have and love the best denim shorts are immediately putting this black version into your cart. IT’S A TOTAL NO BRAINER for those of us that already have the other pair. Again, I’ve decided I like the fit of the 28.
Here’s a close up.
I get lots of inquiries asking for longer denim shorts options. I’ve tried MANY over the years, and haven’t loved most of the ones I’ve tried. However, this year I’ve got 2 different pair to share!
First of all, these frayed hem shorts have the elusive 4″ inseam! Not too long….not too short…JUST RIGHT. They are super casual with the lighter wash and the frayed hem, and I’ll be adding these into my shorts rotation this summer. My other shorts will be so happy to have a break. They also have the stretchy waistband and the Ab Solution panels that we all love and adore.
Now, let’s talk sizing. With Wit and Wisdom jeans I typically go with my regular size 4, but I sometimes size down (not often). I do know that some readers consistently size down when buying Wit and Wisdom (even though I don’t).
Well, I SIZED UP IN THESE! I’m wearing a 6. When I pulled the size 4 shorts out of the box, I knew immediately they were going to be too small on me. I think just about everybody will need to SIZE UP.
Here’s a close up.
If you’re wanting to go even longer than the 4″, check out these bermuda shorts. When I first pulled them out of the package, I thought they were going to be too big and way too long. However, I have to say, I really liked them once I put them on. I kinda think of them as the “girlfriend jean” equivalent in short form. They’re a little slouchier and a little more relaxed, but they still aren’t baggy or sloppy. For size reference, I’m wearing my regular size 4 (but size down if you’re often between sizes). These are 9″ when uncuffed, which sounds reallllllllllllly long, but I think they look great on! When cuffed, I’m guessing they are closer to 7″.
Here’s a close up.
Because they are Wit and Wisdom, they have the stretch and the Ab Solution panels just like the frayed hem pair do.
And I’ve got great news! For those of you that are super excited about this length, GUESS WHAT! This pair of shorts comes in 4 colors (see below). Click HERE for all of the options from Wit and Wisdom. You can also find Wit and Wisdom plus size shorts HERE.
Here are the shorts all side by side so you can get a real good look at the differences in washes, style, and length.
From Left to Right:
boyfriend denim shorts / medium wash, distressed, cuffed, and 3 inch inseam
faded black boyfriend denim shorts / faded black wash, distressed, cuffed, and 3 inch inseam
raw hem denim shorts / light wash, clean (no distressing), faded hem, and 4 inch inseam
bermuda shorts / light wash, minimal distressing, cuffed hem, and 7 inch inseam (when cuffed)
Just to really drive the point home, I’m showing the same 4 shorts again, but with a new tee.
The first tee today was totally plain and just a great basic. BUT THIS TEE! This tee is special.
It’s a soft grey tee in the front, but the sleeves and the back are unique and DARLING. This tee just straight up makes me happy. The back and sleeves are like a crisper cotton (but not too crisp), the color are beautiful, and the florals are adorable. I love the longer length of the sleeve, and I also love that the sleeves are puffy, but not overwhelming. For size reference, I’m wearing a small.
With the 3″ boyfriend denim shorts in a medium wash…
With the 3″ washed black denim shorts…
With the 4″, light wash, frayed hem denim shorts…
Remember to size up 1 in these raw hem denim shorts. I’m wearing the size 6.
With the 7″, light wash, cuffed hem denim shorts…
And once again, here they all are side by side.
I’ve got two more pairs of denim shorts to show you before you go. I looked for my white shorts to highlight in today’s post, and I couldn’t find them either. WHAT THE HECK. Where in the world did I stash my two favorite pairs of shorts???
I didn’t show these a lot last year because they sold out, but these white frayed hem denim shorts were my 2nd most worn pair of shorts.
They aren’t see thru, they have a great frayed hem, and they have a good amount of stretch in them which makes them very comfortable to wear. I’m wearing my regular size 4.
Sadly, these are still low in stock, but I wanted to still show them to you in case you are one of the lucky ones whose size is still available.
From the same maker of the above white shorts that I love…I’ve also ordered these shorts. These are a great option for those of you that can’t grab the ones above because they’re sold out.
The fit looks great, I like the distressing, and they look to be well stocked in all sizes.
That’s all for now, y’all!
I hope the side by side comparison and reviews today have helped you decide which shorts might be a good fit for you. I’ll continue to show new shorts as I find them, but I feel like the shorts highlighted in today’s post are a great start!