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Go Way Back: Cut-Off Shorts

It seems hard to imagine a time when cut-offs didn’t exist, right? But how, exactly, did the festival-dressing, beach-ready staples become so beloved? Read on for the full scoop. —maura brannigan 

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The Origin: Though jeans have been around since the days of Levi Strauss (the 1850s), their cut-off buddies don’t really surface until nearly a century later when Cali surfer brahs of the 1940s make them their thing; we have Levi’s tried-and-true technique of bleaching his jeans with sea air to thank for that. 

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The Evolution: Here come the hippies! Inspired by sixties album art, the year 1966 paves the way for elaborate tunics and richly saturated prints to take over the fashion space. Everything—and that means everything—gets repurposed. Once jeans become ripped (as they often do…), counter-culture leaders either cut ‘em into shorts or cover the holes up with a psychedelic patch or two.

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Before long, the look moves way beyond the peace-and-love scene. Check out this pic taken in Milan in 1974—and marvel at how little the model-off-duty look has changed since then.

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Dazed and Confused is made 1993, but, hey, it isset in 1976—and the cult flick’s costume designer sure is meticulous about mimicking the denim-heavy wardrobes of Texan suburbia at that time.

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Two words: Daisy Duke, who comes onto the scene in 1979, as played by Catherine Bach on The Dukes of Hazzard.

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As we make our way through the eighties, we get a baggier, beat-up take. In a classic high-low fashion move, Anna Wintour puts the style on Israeli model Michaela Bercu for her first-ever Vogue cover in 1988.

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In 1992, Drew Barrymoredoes Poison Ivy—all big hair, belly shirts, and cut-off shorts.

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And then, the 2000s happen—and everything starts getting teensier. Take this pair from Chloe’s spring 2000 show, for starters.

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…Or the ones Gisele Bündchen wears on her V Magazine cover from 2008.

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The Right Now: On the opening night of her and Jay Z’s On the Run Tour this year, Beyoncé rocks a custom Diesel by Nicola Formichetti jumpsuit. Pairing your cut-offs with fishnets: definitely optional.

All the “Go Way Back” you can handle, here and now.

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Next Level: White Denim Jacket

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Know what’s easier to pull off than a pair of white jeans? One of these guys—they just feel so fresh, you know? —erica

LEVEL I: Basic in the best of ways, c/o Paige.

LEVEL II: Very “I’m cutting class at Laguna Beach High School,” this NSF number.

LEVEL III: Oof, sheeeek, Victoria Beckham. Do you think this jacket alone could prompt a Sabrina remake?

LEVEL IV: This Christian Wijnants take is somehow more relaxed AND more crisp than a classic blazer.

More pseudo-trends to try this way…

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Do we think Tilda Swinton wears jean jackets? Maybe this Won Hundred one? —erica

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Couple Up: Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere

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Most photos of Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere involve her wearing a cut-down-to-there dress and him done up in suit. (Oh, and there’s also this Herb Ritts shoot for Vogue in 1992.) Turns out, these two did go places together that didn’t involve a red carpet, though, and when they did, it was kind of hilarious, outfit-wise. —erica

Cindy Crawford: A cross necklace by Alexis Bittar, a floral Minkpink skirt, and the perfect denim jacket from Current/Elliott.

Richard Gere: A loud Huf hat, a sweatshirt (thrown over the shoulders) by Todd Snyder for Champion, and dark-as-they-come Super sunglasses.

Lookin’ for more throwbacks? You’re in luck.

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Track Star: Alynda Lee Segarra of Hurray for the Riff Raff

The Vibe: Small Town Heroes, the newest album from the folk band Hurray for the Riff Raff, is filled with a whole lot of feminist rage and resignation from the singer Alynda Lee Segarra. She sounds pained and complex, but her look is a little more straightforward: think fifties housewife with a bone to pick.

The One-Song Intro: “I Know it’s Wrong (But That’s Alright)”

The Look, Recreated: This sleeveless denim shirt from Cheap Monday, this retro dress by Rachel Antonoff, and this floral pencil skirt by Derek Lam. maitri mehta

It’s music madness if you click this way.

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Well! This is a denim dress, from 69. —erica

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Weather Vain: Memphis, Tennessee - 54 and Partly Cloudy

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Beale Street, Graceland, and some lovely weather—here’s how to take full advantage of Memphis on a rockin’ day like this one. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ The ideal in-between weather trench from Jenni Kayne.

+ An Alexander Wang bag in a blushy pink that would fit right in at The Peabody Hotel

+ Notify jeans that would be totally unaffected by BBQ stains.

+ Earrings, by Cold Picnic, that are chill enough for a late night at The Cove (with a whole bunch of oysters).

+ For a meandering stroll through Midtown: a pair of Thierry Lasry sunglasses.

+ Pour La Victoire wedges sturdy enough for some after-dinner bocce at Hog & Hominy.

+ The kind of Base Range tee you can-slash-should wear anywhere, any day of the week.

More outfit ideas (and travel tips) right here.

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In Character: Brandon Walsh

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Dylan may have been the 90210er who induced the most heart palpitations, but there’s something so reliably appealing about Brandon—his vaguely James Dean style, the way he dealt with Brenda’s antics, and, yah, that hair. —erica

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A Save Khaki henley—for late nights working with Andrea on the West Beverly Blaze.

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A Scotch & Soda jacket that can be tossed on over a Peach Pit uniform.

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Octagonal House of Harlow sunglasses for checking out convertible-driving CA girls.

Whoa, get a load of all of these “In Character” posts.

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Denim AND stripes—stop tempting us, Objects Without Meaning. —erica

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