In my mind, the idea of JORTS was always one that brought nothing but NoNoNos from me. They reminded me of my camp counselors from 1993, back in the days of oversized flannel and colored socks and Doc Martens. They reminded me of the dudes we’d meet at gas stations on family road trips; the ones who didn’t have any teeth and smelled like BenGay and beer. They reminded me of all of those angsty werewolves from Twilight. They reminded me of Joey Gladstone, back when he had his mullet and his rugby shirts. They reminded me of Ponyboy Curtis and Two-Bit Matthews and all of the other Outsiders.
They certainly never reminded me of
I mean, I used to exclusively follow these instructions about when it’s okay to wear jorts.
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I used to typically regard jorts as being lazy, sloppy, and unsophisticated. Only there I was...asking the good people of the internet…
Most people were NOT getting behind this idea. On the scale of 1 being the worst and 10 being the best, most people were at about a negative 87.
But here’s the rub.
My jorts are not acid-washed. This is rule #1.
My jorts do not expose any part of either of my ass cheeks. And you cannot see any pockets from the inside. This is rule #2.
My jorts are not combined with any bandanas or cowboy hats or, well, frankly and of these shenanigans. This is rule #3.
So what if they are technically jean shorts? So what if they aren’t exactly technically hemmed at the bottom?
I love them. That’s right, kids. My name is Ali…and I am a JORTS-wearer. (But so is she.)
Wanna become a jorts-wearer too? Here are some great tips!
Wear jorts with a structured jacket and white button-down shirt.
Wear them in a bold and bright summer color with a crisp white t-shirt and a great pair of sandals.
The right accessories will help un-sloppify your cut-off jean shorts. Heels, belts, bags, sunglasses.
There are so many great trends in handbags for Summer 2012, including bright colours, pastel hues, oversized envelope clutches, crossover handbags, color blocking, foldover bags, and satchels. One of my most favourite trends in purses and handbags, though, for this summer is the colour blue. Every time I open a magazine, pull up a website, or walk into a store I see blue, blue, blue!
Blue is actually such a fabulous summer colour—it reminds me of the ocean, of long days spent under beautiful blue skies, and of beach vacations. It's light and airy and this season's purses come in shades from seafoam all the way to deep, dark navy blue.
Here are some great handbag options to help you get into the seafaring mood:
Street Level Convertible Crossbody Envelope Bag, Nordstrom, $45.27
Wanna guess which one I bought?
This is the only answer to the following question: Ali, what is your most favorite thing about an awards show?
I love picking my favorites and picking apart my least favorites.
I don't know, though. The 2012 Much Music Video Awards was a tough one, because, well, this dress of Victoria Duffield's was my favourite.
I was so completely underwhelmed and actually a little bit annoyed by the fashion choices.
Maybe I'm old, or maybe I have been spending too much time with my mother, but I spent a lot of my time wondering where THE REST of some of the dresses were...
Like Nelly Furtado
And Lucy Hale
And Selena Gomez
And LIGHTS (Especially LIGHTS, since I'm semi-convinced that she actually forgot to wear her dress completely)
Or wondering what was up with the whole "Angie's Right Leg" scenario that was seen on the likes of Carly Rae Jepsen
And Shenae Grimes
And can we just talk about Katy Perry for a minute?
This dress is making the BEST DRESSED LIST.
Is it just me? Are you a fan of the teeny tiny dress for awards shows? Are you a fan of the double-slit? Are you a fan of the superhero gown?