Nobody can rock a pair of high-waisted denim shorts better than Kelly Kapowski—at least, that’s what we used to think until we saw the batch of style-conscious ladies in today’s story. The cool cutoffs are a weekend go-to for such influencers as Nicole Richie, Miley Cyrus, and Solange Knowles, and with so many styling possibilities, it’s easy to see why.
Daisy Lowe and Alexa Chung
As the old saying goes, friends who wear high-rise denim shorts together, stay together--or something like that. While Chung paired her vintage cutoffs with a tucked-in Madewell shirt, Mulberry bag, and Porselli for A.P.C. flats, Lowe kept it low-key in a similar vintage style worn with a sheer gray Alexander Wang tee, Louis Vuitton backpack, and Chanel biker boots.
Leaving a friend’s house in Studio City earlier this year, the singer gave her distressed cutoffs an of-the-moment spin with a floral-print crop top and Dr. Marten boots.
Ambrosio’s figure-flattering styling trick involves pairing her vintage Levi’s shorts with a tucked-in Ella Moss tank and Sam Edelman’s Gigi Sandals ($65) in Almond.
The designer/tastemaker took her jean shorts on a city stroll in Los Angeles paired with a high-neck blouse and studded belt.
Performing at the Northside Festival in Brooklyn last month, Knowles opted for a casual on top (Babatunde Bafing Fitted Cap ($20) and striped tee), party on the bottom (below-the-knee gladiator heels) approach to her denim shorts.
Spotted in Paris, the British model gave her denim shorts the ‘90s hip-hop treatment with the addition of a beanie, Burberry Prorsum leather jacket, Worn By Squeeze This! T-Shirt ($56), and Nike Air Jordan sneakers.
The perfect bathing suit cover-up? Swanepoel got it right in Miami two months ago in light-wash Levi’s shorts, a Victoria’s Secret bikini, and a knotted tank.
[images via whowhatwear]