What to Wear with Cutoffs (if you’re sick of tanks)

Vintage Mexican Top and Cutoffs

I don’t know about you guys, but when it’s hot as heck out there, the last thing I want to do is throw on something complicated. That’s why many summers in Texas have been spent languishing in the Old Navy tank top/whatever shorts are on top of the pile combo. No more, I tell you. At least not when it’s still only May. This is a very simple outfit, but the vintage Mexican top has a little more flair to it than your basic average ON tank.

My shorts are made from some mens jeans that I bought a few sizes bigger than my usual jeans size, and cut off. This is a good trick if you want to try this yourself, and find that all of your own jeans are too tight to make into comfortable shorts. I like the mens jeans selection at Buffalo Exchange because they have some nicer ones, but are still affordable. Nothing worse than a saggy shorts butt, so try on the jeans first. They should fit in the butt, but be a little wide around the thighs. It’s okay if they sit lower on your hips, too. I’m terrible at cutting the jeans, but there are some awesome tutorials out there if you need a little more advice. These are a little shorter than I’m usually comfortable with, shorts-wise, but I balanced them out by wearing the more voluminous blouse on top.

If you’re more athletic (or sensible) than I am, switch out the platforms for some flats or lower wedges, and you’re the most stylish errand-runner in town. Or why not wear this getup to a BBQ? After all, it’s the same color as ketchup, and it’s always smart to match your outfit to whatever you might spill on it.

Vintage Mexican Top and Cutoffs

Vintage Mexican Top and Cutoffs

Top: vintage, Shorts: Levis, Shoes: Corso Como (Stella Says Go), Earrings: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Vintage Mexican Top and Cutoffs

May 30, 2011

9 Responses to What to Wear with Cutoffs (if you’re sick of tanks)

  1. Stef says:

    I ♥ that top So pretty! and it looks great with these cut off jeans, which in turn are brilliant for showing off your gorgeous tattoo :)

  2. Jamie Rose says:

    I totally know where you’re coming from about not wanting complicated layers in all this heat. I live in Georgia and it’s already well over 90 degrees outside and it’s only May. Throwing on a cute top with cutoffs is a really nice way to make your look interesting without having a lot of layers to deal with.

  3. Ashley says:

    I LOVE, LOVE that top!! Seriously, wow. Great idea for jazzing up some cut-off shorts. And your tattoo is making me want another one.

  4. anna marie says:

    1. you always look so awesome in your mexican-inspired clothing!

    2. that’s an awesome idea for cut-offs! i always have problems finding shorts loose enough in the thighs. i’m so glad that you’re here to open my eyes!

    3. hm. it’ll be 90 tomorrow. dressing for a nursing home will be an interesting challenge. wish me luck!

    xo.anna marie

  5. Hilah says:

    Last Friday I had on an outfit that you would have been proud of (I think!): Almost-too-short cutoffs with a light, loose sweater vest. It’s totally true that a loose top makes short-shorts more appropriate for old ladies like me!

  6. Great top! You almost need a flow-y top like that because it’s so hot… nothing’s worse than having a tight, sweaty shirt stuck to you! Good tip about making shorts out of men’s jeans!

  7. This might just be the cutest top I’ve seen in a while! Love it!

  8. Rlutz says:

    Such a great top!! Love the color and all the fun detailing. Great way to spice up warm weather basics!

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