How To Style Your Cutoffs Like An L.A. Girl

L.A. women know a thing or two about cutoffs. For one thing, it's always some variation of summer here. Plus, Angelenos have an obsession with denim, and there are very few places you can't wear jeans in our city. Which makes the SoCal gal the perfect muse when it comes to styling your denim shorts; simply hit the flea market or boardwalk any weekend, and you'll see our locals have figured out a variety of ways to rock the summer staple.

Ahead, we're breaking down three styling formulas that the coolest ladies in our city love. From a black-and-white ensemble for a summer shindig to a relaxed combo for a slow-paced Sunday, flip through to find three ways to wear cutoffs all weekend long. Consider this your guide to dressing like a local. Now, all you have to do is decide where you're going to brunch.

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Meet your no-fail, L.A. summer-party uniform: faded cutoffs, well-worn ankle boots, and a strappy bralette peeking out from under a breezy blouse. And, why not keep it all in shades of black and white? There's a trick to making this classic color palette look relaxed: Just choose black shorts that are properly distressed. Rips? Great. A faded hue? Even better. Then, add a blouse that lacks structure, like this wrap-front version. Throw on a choker and add a few bends to your hair, and you're practically a local. (One of our coolest locals, that is.)
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Let's call this one "classic with a twist." It's your basic, vintage cutoff-converse-flannel-shirt combo that Angelenos swear by for weekend outings — but upgraded. How, you ask? First, the bodysuit. (Bye, T-shirt.) In SoCal, there's only one way to wear this trendy piece — under high-waisted, light-wash jeans or shorts. It stays fitted, not slouchy, beneath the layers you'll undoubtedly be adding on top. But, before you grab your old, trusty flannel from the back of your closet, consider a flannel dress instead. Once the sun sets and you need a warm layer, this will hit a little lower and look more modern than a boyfriend button-up. And the rest? Our shorts pick comes by way of Re/Done, one of the coolest denim labels in L.A. right now. As the name implies, these are vintage denim, reworked into a contemporary fit.
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Not into the L.A. standard of short cutoffs? No sweat. Just follow this formula instead: white, distressed slouch shorts (from L.A. mainstay stylists Emily Current and Meritt Elliott, if possible), plus a '90s block heel and a scarf. (Simply copy the main image in this story for the look.) You can add a tank, but we're partial to a loose, striped tee for a dose of polish.