Trend: Pastel Denim Shorts (and How To Get Your Hands on Some)

Post by Ann of Holier Than Now

It’s hard to miss those impossible-to-buy pink denim Isabel Marant shorts lately – they’ve cropped up on Rumi and Milk & Mode (Carol was profiled here rocking them).  As much as I’d love to own these for a day, I probably wouldn’t swing for them (if I could even find them).  I’ll leave it to these girls!  But, I’ve been thinking about how to do my own interpretation of the delicious pastel denim trend.

The great thing about pastel denim cut offs is that you could really D.I.Y. your own.  Fabric dye is a tricky thing – sometimes it doesn’t come out evenly, or it’s not as saturated as you’d like, but with this soft, faded vibe, that’s OK!  Grab some white denim cut-offs and RIT fabric dye (the shopping page alone is so inspiring) and go to town.

Personally, I’m going off the rack for these babies, but I’m thinking less bubblegum, more pale apricot.  Here are a few great flavors to dip into:

1. Siwy Camilla Denim Cut Off Shorts in Desert Rose $152, or try Mother Not Skinny Short in Blush $165 which is a longer cut
2. Rag & Bone Denim Shorts in Yellow Pastel $143
3. J Brand Denim Shorts in Low Rise Bright Turquoise $159

A few other ways to taste the rainbow include the Current/Elliot Boyfriend Denim Short and the Hudson Hampton Denim Short which comes in a beautiful soft blue.

What’s your feeling about the pastel denim trend?  Eat it up or pass on it?
Inspired to D.I.Y. it?

Image credits (left to right in collage):, via Zsa Zsa Bellagio, via The Cherry Blossom Girl, via Fashion Gone Rogue, via Vikyautumn, via Miss Coco Chanel



  1. Casey
    June 27, 2011 / 12:53 pm

    I own 3 pairs of faded color cut-offs, so I’m a huge fan of this trend! Love the DIY idea, but if you’re looking for shorts that are more affordable, M2F denim is my awesome and they’re only $75!! Check them out

  2. June 27, 2011 / 12:58 pm

    Those prices are crazy. I know I’m totally cheap about jeans (Gap or JCrew prices are all I’ll generally pay) but $75-$100-$150-+ just seems outrageous for pastel cutoffs.

  3. Jennine
    June 27, 2011 / 1:28 pm

    oh yeah… i guess it’s priorities, i think it’s easier for me to spend $$ on a good pair of jeans than a pair of shoes… just because I go through shoes so quickly and jeans seem to get more wear for the money spent. I guess it’s priorities? 🙂

  4. June 27, 2011 / 1:31 pm

    Poochie, I feel you. I’m really funny about denim – I’ll do super cheap (like basically no brand, from random stores on Broadway, cost $20 each) but will also do premium. I feel like w premium sometimes the fit, wash, color is just … once you put it on your body you have to own it and it just feels like it makes sense that the price is higher.

    The way I justify my premium denim “investments” is that they have resale value on eBay. I sell stuff at the end of every season and with the cheap and cheerful pieces, they just don’t sell (they get donated – there’s value in that too of course but you see my logic). If it’s a brand like Siwy or whatever, people always snatch it up.


  5. Jennine
    June 27, 2011 / 1:36 pm

    Ann, yeah, sometimes the cheap brands aren’t worth it. I got a pair of green AA jeans, and they are the perfect green, but just are baggy in all the wrong places and tight in weird places… while it saved me a few bucks, I wish I had just got a premium pair, then they would fit better and get more wear… because I really love that color green. 🙂

  6. June 28, 2011 / 6:56 pm

    lovely blog and i love all your looks great style

  7. June 29, 2011 / 1:57 am

    I like this trend. I think the shorts look cute and summery

  8. June 29, 2011 / 9:25 am

    Not too much to say…but I love this trend! I love pastel colors and I love shorts for this summer season! I think the D.I.Y. idea is great!☺ Love this post!
    xx Elle♥

  9. July 4, 2011 / 8:34 am

    This just gave me the best idea – I saw a pair of dusky pink jeans in Gap on sale for a tenner at the weekend but they were flaread and looked all wrong but I loved the colour and the price – I might have to go back and get them and then cut them up for shorts!!

  10. July 4, 2011 / 7:59 pm

    i love them! Zara had some nice ones but now they’re sold out, think I’m going to buy white cut-offs and dye them, some in each colour!

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