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A “jort” story and style guide

I’ve had a long history with jean shorts (that which we will refer to as jorts from here on out). As a child of the nineties, the jort was the coolest bottom; a perfect match to your daisy crop top and glitter jellies. I carried my love of the jort into my teens and battled my mother with those infamous Abercrombie and Fitch cutoffs that barely pass as shorts (okay, they really should not be worn in public. I can finally admit that, Mom).

jort in the 90s

Left: Me rockin’ the 90s daisy embroidered jort & “camp shirt” Right: The only documented history of my adolescent jort sporting (my Mom later confiscated these…RIP)

 

But then, I hit this bizarre time in my early twenties where I just couldn’t decide if I had finally outgrown the style. Can I, as a budding young sophisticate, pull off the jort past the daisy duke style I clung to in my adolescence? Absolutely.

Know your cuts:

Jorts come in a plethora of styles and it is important to know what flatters your shape. If you’ve got a boyish, athletic figure, a lighter denim with soft pleating would be a great choice; details like pleats, cuffs and bows will give the illusion of a curvier shape. If you are curvy through the hips, a high-waisted style will accentuate your best assets. Stay away from pockets that line up with your side seams to ensure you’ve got the most flattering style. If you carry your weight through your top and mid-section and have thinner legs, a trouser style chambray short will give you a perfect balance from waist to thigh. Inseam is also critical if you want to take your jorts from teeny-bopper to stylish sophisticate. I’ve learned that there is nothing good about anything less than a 3” inseam when it comes to my body; I try and reach for a 3.5” – 4” for the ultimate in comfort and class.

Best Jorts for:

Size up:

If you caught my post about shorts this weekend, you know I have struggled with the waist gap because I am thicker through the bottom half than the waist. I’ve tried on a ton of jorts this season and I have found that it almost always makes sense to get a size bigger than I normally wear. Due to my shape, I reach for a higher waisted short and even in going one size larger, I find they fit like a glove. I found these Joe’s jean shorts at the South Dakota Avenue store; they are one size larger than my average and I have never found a pair of shorts that fit better. Not to mention, I looked them up online and the same exact pair cost $128.00 brand new in stores. I got them for $3.98; now, that is a style steal!

Joe's jean shorts

My Joe’s jort score from Goodwill

Age-appropriate accessories:

Instead of pairing my jorts with a daisy crop top and glitter jellies, I have taken a more refined approach to dressing them up. I love the look of a wedge with jorts; it gives the leg a beautiful, feminine length. Give your jorts a sophisticated look by pairing them with a light linen blazer and bright lipstick for a night out. A light chiffon blouse, especially with a 3/4 or long sleeve, looks ultra chic paired with a denim bottom. Tucking a blouse into your shorts is another way to elevate your style and play on the dichotomy of dressy and casual. Don’t be afraid to experiment with belts, either. Try a bold patent leather or metallic one. It gives a more polished look!

 

How do you sport the jort?

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8 Comments for A “jort” story and style guide

patti
June 18, 2014

how do I “sport my jorts” – stretch denim, of course! Glad you have graduated to my way of thinking – a 3.5 to 4″ inseam is best, not an inch and a half!!
—a Mom’s point of view

DC Goodwill Fashionista
June 19, 2014

Stretch denim is also one of my favorites!

vintagemaya
June 20, 2014

This is really awesome style guide.We can change his jeans into jort simply. I will try. Thanks for you……

DC Goodwill Fashionista
June 20, 2014

Thanks, vintagemaya! Jorts can definitely still wear jorts at any age! They make a great weekend DIY, too. There are so many things you can do to them!

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