Chances are, you've got a pair (or five) of cut-off shorts that you turn to time and time again, whether you're embarking on a cross-borough bike trip, helping your friend rearrange her living room, hitting the shoreline for some rays, or just generally getting down, dirty, and disheveled.
But, for a gallery opening? A first date (with someone who's over the age of 21)? You might not immediately turn to cut-offs, but you should. We've styled five innovative outfits that feature the jorts in all their frayed, faded glory, and make them seem like an irreverent, high-fashion addition to an outfit — not a shlubby afterthought.