Mission Impossible: 10 Perfect Pairs of Denim Cutoff Shorts

You'll live in these so much this summer you might as well pay rent.

DIYs can lead to jagged edges and one leg ending up longer than the other until you end up with denim diapers trying to even them out. Store-bought, though safer, doesn't guarantee 100 percent satisfaction either, with the risk of weird crotches and pre-rolled hems. The search for the perfect cutoff jean shorts never ends—except here, with these 10 pairs, it just might.

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Just call this guy Goldilocks: not too tight, not too short, with a just-right broken-in feel and wash.

Black Orchid, $154; blackorchid.com.


As with everything else the French brand produces, these are the platonic ideal. So for once in your life, try not to drip hot dog juice onto the bleached denim.

APC, $130; net-a-porter.com.

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Also v. French with the high rise and symmetry, but in a more relaxed Bardot way. (Though you wouldn't want to get melted fior di latte on these either.) 

Aritzia, $65; aritzia.com.


Meanwhile, back in the good ol' US of A, we've got these acid-dripped, exposed-button-fly Bombshell shorts. 

Good American, $155; goodamerican.com.

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Or these highly classic, darker-wash ones that come pre-turned-up.

J.Crew, $80; jcrew.com.


Those who can't...buy. (Though how will you know if you don't try?) 

H&M, $30; hm.com.

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Okay, adding awnings to a preexisting pair is probably too difficult. 

Mango, $50; shop.mango.com.


The culottes of shorts, because no matter what the haters say, awkward pants are still it.

Gap, $20; gap.com.

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Whip(stitch) it real good.  

Topshop, $60; topshop.com.


The RompHim's main draw is the zipper fly; this has that *and* decorative buttons. 💪

Zara, $36; zara.com.

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