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Are you still trying to find your perfect denim shorts for summer? You know, the ones that fit you just right in all the right places? The ones that aren’t too short and aren’t too long? In this post, I’m sharing with you my top four picks for denim shorts that are the right mix of versatile and trendy, and won’t break the bank.
Denim shorts are a summer time staple and the right pair can make any outfit look fantastic. The tricky part can be finding a pair that are thick enough but not too thick, that fit your body, and compliment your skin tone. While those listed below are some of my personal favorites, you might have better luck checking out a site like shopstyle.com or polyvore.com that lets you browse many designers and brands at once. You can even input the size and price range you’re looking for to help you from falling in love with something outside your budget!
“Hawks” Shorts from One Teaspoon
These shorts are for the girl looking for something a little edgy, but that can still be worn with a feminine heel. One Teaspoon shorts generally retail for anywhere in between $80 and $130, and are designed in Australia. I recently picked up a pair of these beauties myself and love them! I especially like how each pair is unique and features a slightly different wash and fray.
Cuffed Denim Shorts by Blank
This second pair of shorts is a safe bet for nearly anyone. The classic blue jean wash typically compliments most skin tones and the length is not too short and not too long – they’re not quite “bermuda” shorts but aren’t “short shorts” either. They’d look great with a casual belt and sandals, or with a summer tank and wedges. They might not be the easiest to dress up, so if you’re looking for something slightly more glam – check out the pair below.
High Rise Shorts by Abercrombie & Fitch
These side studded shorts are perfect for the boho-chic girl, glam girl, and any girl in between. This pair features less destruction than the first, and a darker wash than both pairs above – making it a little easier to dress up. Pair with nude heels and a punchy colored blouse for a night out or gladiator sandals and a tank for a day of shopping. The options are endless!
Urban Renewal Boyfriend Denim Shorts by Urban Outfitters
This last pair of denim shorts is sort of a mix of the three before it. It has a whiskered pattern, dark and light wash, minor destruction, and hits lower on the thigh with a cuff. These are the short equivalent of the “boyfriend jean”. These are a comfortable and flattering option for any body type.
Which pair is your favorite? Let me know in a comment!
You’ve likely heard of Cost Per Wear in the past, but have you ever stopped to really think about it, or apply it to your own shopping habits? Cost Per Wear is a time-old budgeting technique used by consumers and personal shoppers alike. We talk about the concept quite in depth within our new Personal Styling course, but would like to discuss it in this post as well. Let’s get to it and talk about just what makes CPW so important.
Cost per wear (CPW) is a concept used to plan and justify a purchase. It’s a good starting point for deciding whether something is or isn’t worth the purchase, but it should not be used as the ultimate decision maker. To calculate cost per wear, take the total cost of an item and divide it by the number of times your client plans to wear it. For example, if a pair of shoes costs $100 and your client plans to wear them 50 times, they cost $2 per wear. The $2 figure is the target for the ideal cost per wear but, as you can imagine, may be a challenge for certain “shop-a-holics”.
The concept sounds simple, but there are a few things you’ll need to think about before calculating an item’s CPW. First, you need to take into consideration the actual total cost of the item – not just the number on the price tag. Take into consideration the sales tax, the interest the purchase will accrue if a credit card is being used, the cost of any alterations that might be needed, and regular maintenance such as treatment sprays or dry cleaning. These sorts of additional costs can take a silk shirt you found on sale for $10 and make it cost much, much more over the course of its lifetime.
Second, you’ll want to be realistic when planning how often you’ll actually wear an item. It’s easy to tell yourself, “I’ll use it every day!” when you experience love at first sight for a new luxury bag or pair of designer shoes. But, will you actually do this? The answer is almost always “no”. Consider a trendy pair of neon orange heels. The shoe might have been all the rage when you bought them, but trends come and go in a matter of weeks and you likely won’t want to wear the shoes when they’re considered to be old news. Plus, you’ll probably find it difficult to match the shoes to many outfits, further limiting how many times you’ll honestly wear them. If that pair of shoes cost $80 and you ended up wearing them four times, you essentially paid $20 per wear – ten times more than the recommended CPW amount.
Third, you need to take risks into account. Although you’ll of course try your best to avoid scuffing a new pair of patent leather boots or spilling coffee on a gorgeous white silk blouse, accidents are a part of life and can happen to anyone at any time. If an item is likely to become stained or scuffed, it’s best not to take the risk and to avoid spending too much of your budget on the item. Finding easy-to-clean items that are also easy to care for is often difficult, but is better than choosing something costly that can easily be ruined. Simply speaking, items that are more likely to have a short life should have less money spent on them than items that are sure to last a while.
After creating a budget for your wardrobe, taking cost per wear into consideration will help you make better purchasing decisions. It’s also an easy purchase planning technique you can pass along to your friends and family.