Diet Coke Fashion Friday: The Importance of Denim Cutoffs
Style magazine pronounced studded denim cut-offs dead, when they rated them on their What’s Not Hot List a few weeks back. Such a damning statement may have warranted some truth, as the ubiquitous denim cut-offs have been shaking around at every gig, festival, club night and teenage disco since 2008. However, I feel this issue merits further discussion. I am presently on my holidays in Portugal. The plan so far has been to city-style it in Lisbon – taking in the various street parties, the nightlife and the day-time coffee culture –and then head for the mountains. Up in the mountains, we’ve been exploring castle ruins and meandering around forests. The final leg of our trip involves some surf action and adrenaline sports along the coastline. At every stage of this journey, I have relied, WHOLEHEARTEDLY, on my various versions on denim cut-offs. Even the studded ones! They have taken me from the get-up-and-go exploration, to the people-watching and coffee-sipping, to the cocktails at sunset and on to the party. They have provided the perfect platform for bikinis, casual white tee’s, beachy tie-dye tops, pretty, frilly blouses and sexy, wispy bits of lace. They are an absolute, hands-down, no contest wardrobe staple of the (post?) noughties. So ladies, don’t pack away those ripped and shredded beauties, don’t hesitate with your studded hot-pants; hold firm, stand tall and be proud. Denim cut-offs are above being rated and slated on fashion ladders, they are the jewel in your closet. The best selection of denim cut-offs right now are to be found at Shutterbug, down in Kilkenny and 9 Crow Street, Dublin. Both operations offer innovative customisations – dip-dyed, shredded, appliqued, metallic, studded, tight, loose, short, long… but you can always grab a pair in Pennys or Awear and customise them yourself. Or you can revel in the simple pleasure of a pair of denim cut-offs in their natural state – raw, blue, starched and very, very comfy.