Denim Review: J Brand Cutoff Shorts

To me, the perfect pair of cutoff denim shorts is nearly as illusive as the perfect pair of skinny jeans. With so much bare skin on the line, they have to be really good. Like, you pull them on, look down at your thighs and go: “Yeah baby!” That good.

Finding such a pair of shorts is no short order (Ha, get it?). There’s inseam to consider, pockets, cuffs, whiskering – all these factors coupled with the fact that 80% of your leg is available for public consumption.

As a lover of J Brand full lentch jeans, I felt I owed it to myself to see how their shorts measured up. With a rather hefty price tag for such a small amount of fabric (around $150), you want to be sure you’re getting your money’s worth, right? I opted for a simple cut in a bold color: the cutoff in faded neon pink.

I found that as with all my J Brand jeans, I sized up to a 28, and got just the right fit. The 2 inch inseam is yes, aggressive, but not offensive. These are sexy little shorts and there’s no getting around it. I appreciate that the pockets don’t hang below the seam (kind of trashy on short-shorts) and that the leg opening was big enough to give my thighs some breathing room. The whiskering gives them a feeling like they’ve already been worn 100 times, and the hard work is already done.

There are tons and tons of colored denim shorts available this season, so sticking with a brand you know and love will always be a good option, and J Brand is that for me. These shorts are easily paired with chambray, but will also be amazing with dressier tops and flats for dinners out on hot summer nights in the city.

[Photos by Crissie Fuller]



  1. A Reader
    May 21, 2012 / 11:41 am

    $150 for cut-offs??!! Clearly, I’m the only person in this country who didn’t survive the recession.
    I don’t wear shorts anymore, but if I did, I’d look for something much more reasonably priced. Is there really any difference between those shorts and what one could by at, say, Target? Please explain.

  2. Jen
    May 23, 2012 / 4:55 pm

    LOVE the shorts, actually the whole outfit. Am obsessed with the sunglasses…what brand are they?!

  3. taylordavies
    May 23, 2012 / 4:59 pm

    Hi Jen – the sunglasses are from a brand called iSki, and you can find them online 🙂 Meant for sports, perfect for the city, and only about $20!

  4. taylordavies
    May 23, 2012 / 5:01 pm

    I hear what you’re saying. This is the battle a lot of us face when deciding to invest in any premium denim, shorts or full-length. Though I’ve had a few pairs of inexpensive jeans that have been alright, I always find that if you find a brand that works for your body, you’ll always feel like the money you spend is worth it. A denim short / jean that fits perfectly and lasts more than a season is priceless to me 🙂

  5. Sarah
    June 12, 2012 / 4:14 am

    Hi taylordavies I love the chambray shirt that you are wearing. It looks like the perfect chambray ex-boyfriend shirt in ferrous wash by Madewell. Is that correct? The shorts look awesome on you too!

  6. taylordavies
    June 13, 2012 / 9:53 am

    Hi Sarah – you are right – that’s the one from Madewell and I love it! Thanks!

  7. June 28, 2012 / 9:41 am

    These look great on you! The color, the cut – they look perfect, not trampy, just summery and stylish!

  8. Dana
    November 1, 2012 / 4:57 pm

    I was wondering if you could tell me the size you selected for the perfect chambray ex-boyfriend shirt in ferrous wash by Madewell? I always have trouble sizing myself for items sold online (closest store is in LA), so it would be super helpful if you told me the size you are wearing (I think we are the same size).

    Thank you!!

  9. taylordavies
    November 5, 2012 / 9:17 am

    Hi – I got a size small, which still has a nice relaxed, oversize fit. Hope that helps!

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