The city in the summer is hot hot hot. It’s 90-degree New York City days that make me thankful for cut off shorts. I recently cut off a pair of old (particularly worn in but quite uninspiring boot cut) jeans and after 10 minutes of cutting them apart and one cycle through the wash–voilà! I have a favorite new pair of cut offs. If you have a pair of old jeans that you don’t see yourself wearing anytime in the next decade I highly recommend repurposing them, but more on that another day.
The beauty of cut offs is that you can wear them with so many different tops/tunics/cover-ups/dresses that they can be a part of so many completely different looks. I have been living in these Lovers+Friends high waisted shorts lately. I wore them recently with a silk cover-up over a favorite bikini to the beach. The beachy look was quite different from this white lacy top and gladiator sandals look. Cut offs make packing for a weekend away easy as they are perfect for all casual weekend endeavors from the morning coffee run to going to the beach to post beach cocktails (paired with a favorite crop top).
Another type of top that I have an affinity for is a backless one. When done right there is something so seductive about a backless shirt (I also love the airy strap-free back-free feeling that they allow for). Once the hotter than hot July weather hits backless tops become a staple in my summer wardrobe. They are one of the many pieces that I turn to when trying to beat the summer heat. On another unrelated but important note, how sweet is my shark week chic mani!?!
Hope that everyone stayed cool this weekend and if you didn’t, bring on the backless tops and cut offs!
Wearing: Somedays Lovin’ top, Lovers+Friends shorts (other favorite cut offs here), C. Wonder gladiator sandals, Monika Chiang bag, C. Wonder mirrored sunnies, MAC Creme d’Nude lipstick, Valley manicure, Essie ‘Bungle Jungle’ toe nail polish
Jewelry: Vintage, C. Wonder and Bellizaknight bracelets (similar here and here), Vintage Rolex watch, Bellizaknight and vintage rings, Dangle earrings found at a flea market, Steven Alan stud earrings, Number ’13’ stud earrings found on Etsy, Vintage upper arm band bracelet
Photography by Michael Singer