When you think of blue jeans, you probably can’t remember a time when they were not part of your wardrobe. Since the first jeans were brought to market in the 1800’s by Levi Strauss, they have evolved in style. One such product of the jean evolution has been the cut-off jeans.
As a popular trend in the 1980’s for both women and men, the cut-off jeans were for function and fashion. When your jeans got tattered and worn, it was an economical way to “re-purpose” them by cutting them off and making a pair of jean shorts out of them. It gave your old jeans the ability to take you through another season or two. The fashion side of “cut-offs” were in the frayed edges of the legs, which were a “Bohemian” type of look.
One famous pair of cut-off jeans that are referred to even today were worn by the brunette bombshell character “Daisy” in the “Dukes of Hazzard” from 1979 to 1985. This style of cut-off, called “Daisy Dukes” may be a favorable fashion image when it comes to women, but definitely should be avoided by men. The perfect example of that would be this photo of the “muscle man” trying to show off his defined thighs and six-pack abs in a pair of cut-off jeans that look like they are being swallowed up by his own body. Try and see that working with a men’s Death By Zero shirt on top, buddy!
A more proper cut-off length for men is a little above or at the knee. It is a more versatile length because you are able to go about your business without revealing everything about yourself. Also, choosing a looser cut-off jean will give you more options when it comes to dressing them up or down. You could pair a them with a simple white t-shirt and canvas slip-on shoes or a bright colored polo and leather boat shoes for a perfect Summer look. For the newest evolution, check out the camouflage or tropical print jean shorts by Diesel, which give you “cut-off” style in modern fabrics.