The Jorts Revisited

Leandra Medine | May 22, 2012

…And not the denim cut-offs simply because jorts is a better word. Though torrential downpour suggests otherwise and I’ve been projecting an angry weather mood far too long, summer it is a’coming. And when the going gets hot, it’s hard not to seek solace in the easy airy notion of simple denim shorts and a plain white t-shirt. This theory was proven true last summer amid a very long rally of 100-degree-days that spared no inkling of breeze for even a single pant. Sunday’s postalluded to a looming deeper description that would outline the vast scenarios denim shorts and a plain white tee can be applicable, and here it is: find below three ways stretch your cut-offs and tee to an entire summer wardrobe.

Look number one is easy as pie: just add cool sandals. Flat or heeled is up to you though a small heel does elongate the leg and while I can recognize and appreciate that there will be no man-repelling going on above the ankle lest you neglect the bikini wax, pudgy deformed toes and ambiguous pre-historic ankle bones are not as discreet as I once thought they were. People notice that shit. Trust me.

You can even put your hair in a top knot if it gets too hot for your neck to handle but definitely and most importantly don’t forget to pigeon toe your left leg and bend that same knee. Heck, throw four of your fingers into a pocket should you feel so inclined. Ksubi shorts, Topshop muscle tee, Isabel Marant sandals, Oliver Peoples sunglasses.
Look number two previews the popped knee and single pigeon toe again. I guess I really am a blogger. This is the work appropriate interpretation of jorts-n-tee. Try a light weight blazer and some brogues that make you look down and think: I wish Frank Sinatra were here. You’re doing something right if the sentiment even induces a makeshift performance of Strangers in The Night. Bend your knees and snap your fingers. A briefcase bigger than your body is a nice and fun inclusion if you’ve got one too.
…It will make acting like you’re on the run even though you’re actually just motioning in place afront a big fat brick wall that much more entertaining. Rag & Bone jacket, MR. Dannijo necklace, Warby Parker specs, Cole Haan brogues, Leah & Bliss briefcase.

And finally, when there’s no box of which to think outside, for the creative freak with nowhere to go: a striped peplum jacket, counter-print heels equipped with obligatory ankle cuff, a few more necklaces and some sunglasses to make sure the cat lady stereotype continues to ring true, it’s like you can’t even tell there are shorts and a tee underneath this one. Altuzarra pumps, Tibi jacket, Karen Walker sunglasses, Reece Hudson yellow purse.

And, well, duh: MR. Dannijo eyeballs layered and complimented by another important facial feature, see: Aurelie Bidermann lips. And that’s it, that’s all I got for you. Do you like it? Or do you like it, like it? Which is your favorite? Least favorite? Tell me or I’ll die. Die, I tell ya, not live. All photos by Naomi Shon.

  • Tinacious Me

    sweet specs! love the way you styled your hair in the first pic!
    Tina @

  • Natasha Fatah

    I really don't like jean shorts, but you've managed to make them look very chic.

    ~Natasha Fatah~
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  • Elsa Polo

    ahhhhhhh you are perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    obsessed with the Rag & Bone jacket and Altuzzara heels. You are too incredible for words <3

  • Natali

    Gorgeous shorts and necklaces! I love your sense of humor and posing!

  • J.Jehanne

    I adore the look with the brogues and briefcase. I love a good pair of denim shorts aka jorts but right now Im going thru too much thigh meat and just dont have the confidence to rock them right now. I absolutely love this post though and keep up the fab work!


  • Marisa

    I love this!! You are right these are 3 totally different ways to use jorts!!

  • Altas Grace

    Ah, jean shorts, love 'em. My fave is first look.. so simple and chic.

    Great post!

    xx Atlas Grace

  • Eliza

    These are all so simple, easy, and wearable, yet totally chic. Love it!

  • Esther

    Holy smokes, you're amazing. Love the second look!

  • jas

    i love it all! those isabel marant sandals are amazing

  • modelovers

    Those Isabel Marant sandals are SO awesome. Really dig the last look too.

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  • Joana Caldeira

    Hahah you're the funniest! I don't want you to not stay alive, so, I like it like it! 😉


    your style is just amazing! and with your humor, its a cherry on top!

  • Ashley

    Love jorts, currently on the hunt for some high-waisted Levi's!

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  • Aurélie and Angelo

    Great examples, love each look!

  • Sharon

    I like the fourth picture!

  • far and wild jewelry

    like it, I LOVE IT! thanks for saluting my jorts and giving me some great new ideas as to how to class them up this summer! i love the third look with the stripes and tropical punch down below. and as always i'd kill for your jewels!


  • Jamie

    I think this is my favorite post you've done! I am in love with that second look! The blazer, the shoes, and that giant briefcase are awesome. I can't wait to try to emulate that look!


  • Louie

    JORTS and a white tee, summer's uniform! love all the looks…and those Altuzarra pumps ahh i'm dead.

    xo louie

  • Monica L.

    I really liker your jorts outfits jajaja definitely what's best to wear in summer is a chic looks with a white tee and jorts. You can always just make it better accesorising to have a cool look :DD
    Very cool outfit, my favorite is the third one :))

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  • Marmalade

    this is an amazing post for many reasons, a) you've coined a word, b) your writing is very witty, c) not only have you aced one outfit, you've killed 4. Bravo Bravo.

    Love it, all of the looks are spot on :)

    Mel x

  • Elise and Margot

    three great outfits!

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    Looking gorgeous.

  • jenaly enns

    damn, you just make everything look SO amazing!!!

  • Marnie Thao Nguyen

    Loveee the last look! And how your left leg is still awkwardly posed till the last clothes change up. Amazing!! <3 <3

  • monkeyshines ♥

    fantastic styling! love those sandals!


  • Neijah

    I really love the Isabel Marant sandals!


  • mes bijoux

    the first look, absolutely!
    you really have a great sense of humor… I love it!
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  • Camille

    Love all three, especially Mister number 3.

  • Andrea

    i love that red bag!

  • Collections

    Love them all, and love the eye necklaces.


  • Domonique Wilson

    Cannot even begin to choose a favourite, you pretty much rocked every look!

  • Sheyla

    I like it,like it,like it,like it. This is the makings of a summer style campaign. Plain white tee and jorts every fuckin' day. Love those Altuzarra pumps. Altuzarra has THE best tropical print. Great post!
    Take care.

  • Katie Hutchison

    these shoes are resplendant and your photos always bring a smile to my face

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  • Amanda

    Hi Leandra!
    I just feel that i have to tell you howe great you are. You always give me loads of inspiration and I just love your wonderful way of putting together what you like the most into a outfit. You truly are a beautiful woman and a big inspiration to women all around the world. Thank you for reminding me why it´s so nice to dress up and feel cool and pretty.
    Have fun and enjoy life! :)))

  • LE▲

    unbelievable awesome, your styles!!!


  • Diana Pereira

    tell me
    Can you walk on those Isabel Marants?
    I have the same and can wear it, impossible to walk on it

  • The Habit

    Hmm, this is a tough one because I love each look for different reasons, but if I had to choose one, it'd be the first one. Simple and chic!


    The Habit

  • Cate Adriana B.

    pretty pretty damn whoaamm, love it all!

  • Eugenia Woods

    I love a pair of jorts…so versatile! Love those Cole Haan's.

  • McKenzie

    I love the pure white with the denim, it looks amazing!

  • Miss K

    I like all the looks! The round yellow handbag is super cute!

  • War Paint And Roses

    This is possibly one of my favourite ever MR posts! Practical and amusing! x

  • Nadia

    The first look is perfect.

  • SarahK

    I laaav it all.

  • Gita

    I'm diggin the last one. Those sunnies are the coolest of them all.


  • Foam Magazine

    We love this, the outfit with the lightweight blazer is amazing! Dying for some Dannijo.

    xo, FOAM

  • katecrackpot

    The combination of the necklaces is so great!

  • spalmer_60640

    The first look is so cool. And cool-ing. Looks so stylish which is hard to pull off during a heatwave. Shopping trip planned for this weekend and we have TopShop in Chicago now. Thinking longer, skinny jean shorts from Levi's. I agree with other comments – thank you for the inspiration and combinations!

  • Creativity&Chocolate

    All great ways to style it and totally in love with your necklace on the last picture!

  • Ms.Fashionista

    Haha love these cutoffs. I have to always have an effortless pair in my closet to pull of whenever. I kind of fell in love with all the shoes you paired with the shorts first! Those tropical heels make me think of the rainforest.


  • Hannah

    I'm almost positive that I've commented this before on past posts (maybe not!) but you truly are my number one inspiration. Not only is your style just unbelievable and in a strange way, wearable, even for a high schooler like me, but the way you write is also amazing! You're truly original and hilarious. While my friends have idolized people such as Katy Perry (blechh), I've basically come to idolize you. You're my all time favorite blogger by far and pretty much the person who inspired me to start my own blog. So thank you times fifty billion!!!


  • Les babioles de Zoé

    I love your Style !!! The 5th one is Awesome !!!

  • Mickey Lynn Jewelry

    I now have to get these shorts! You are a wonderful stylist!

  • Stephanie

    My fav is the photo #2: hair up, white tee and jorts. Simple and chic!

  • Jennifer

    You're amazing!

    xo Jennifer

  • meet me on the sunny road

    The last one is my absolute favorite! Looks most summer-ish to me. Although the running-but-not-really photo is pretty great too. And I really do wish Frank Sinatra was still with us!

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    Blazer with stripes <3

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  • bambi

    Ilove Dannijo and gorgeous shoes!!! You look fantastic like always

  • Anna

    Love them all! Running with the briefcase is my fave though-reminds me of a line from a Beatles' song:"found my coat and grabbed my hat-made the bus in seconds flat" and it is also super chic & stylish. Also obsessed with the Karen Walker glasses-amazing! I have a beautiful velvet bolero from her 2004 collection "Queenie was a dog" that is printed with carousel horses-she's my hero.

  • Anonymous

    love all your looks
    you are amazing

  • Anonymous

    you have the most rockin bod no homo, and tips on how you have such great legs?!

  • Jennifer Booth

    Since I don't want you to die, I am pretty much obliged to answer your q – to which would be I love ALL OF THEM, though the second is my favorite, since I am Romeo and Juliet style in love with that Rag & Bone blazer. The other pieces are nice too, except for the part where the mouth necklace gives me the wiggins.

  • standardofelegance

    LOVE the last look. I die for that striped peplum jacket.


    Lip necklace LOVE!!! not to mention the shoes!!


  • Kaloka

    Love those Eyeball necklace…


  • Kate

    You are gorgeous! I love the second to last outfit. x

    Kate {Something Fabulous}

  • Rammi Mankotia

    Creative Designs,i like the outfits and specially clicked in Red Bricks Wall suits.

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  • anna

    love the first pair of sunglasses! so cool even if they aren't white…

  • Hang T. Tran

    i prefer the last one


  • Katie

    look at you! wonderful! love at first sight for the brogues! frank sinatra would be proud of you indeed. what would make him even prouder I think it's a'd have been perfect with a Borsalino on. What do you think? Cool hats for the summer..
    the second one of the ladies collection, just great..

    thumbs up for the striped peplum jacket!

  • Serdane

    It's unbelievable how much this short can be suitable with any look !

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  • Meagan

    love your denim shorts!!! and love how you paired them
    xoox Meagan

  • Eat.Style.Play

    Style #2 is my favorite, I have a thing for glasses and brogues I love the lapel on the blazer, I can't deal with top handled bags of briefcases though but i still think it looks pretty cool. But i love the jacket from look 3 as well.

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    I love everything about you shit!!!

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  • Rubia Mala

    Those outfits look pretty good!! loved them, you are great!

  • Chels

    I don't do necklaces, but the Aurelie Bidermann lips are OUTRAGEOUS. I love that necklace. I need it now.!
    I like it, like it. 😉

  • Evmorfia

    love the heels!


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    love the shoes of the 1st look! <3

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    I love you soooo much
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    Wow, just perfect combinations! This colorful necklace is gorgeus!

  • Ivana Cornelsen.

    Wow, just love your glasses!!!

    Great Style!


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    That mouth necklace kind of reminds me of a STOMA…. I love it.

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