High-waisted denim cutoffs have been a tried-and-true wardrobe staple since, well, forever. But, despite our best effort to make them office-appropriate, we’re willing to bet that exposed pockets and way casual frayed hemlines don’t exactly bode well for your 9-5.
Still, because the pin-up silhouette is so wildly flattering (hello, gams for days!), we’ve turned to alternatives constructed from sophisticated, sharper fabrics — think silk, jacquard, and faille. Just grab your favorite blazer and strap on a pair of ladylike kicks, and you’ve got yourself a look that’s equal parts sexy and timeless.
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Valentino Pleated Mikado Shorts, $342, available at Bergdorf Goodman.
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Sea Stripe-Print Shorts, $377, available at Matches Fashion.
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Ralph Lauren Robin Cotton Short, $169, available at Ralph Lauren.