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The Perfect Summer Short
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The Perfect Summer Short
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We remade our summer jeans as a just-right pair of denim shorts (no scissors required). With the same '90s supermodel-inspired high rise that perfectly accentuates the waist, these cutoffs will be your hot-weather go-to.
  • True to size.
  • Fixed waistband.
  • 3" inseam.
  • Cotton.
  • Machine wash.
  • Import.
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The Perfect Summer Short

The Perfect Summer Short is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 34.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfy, versatile, flattering Fell in love with these shorts almost immediately. Happy to have gotten them while on sale. Looks great with the hems rolled up once (like in the pictures) and the pockets are decently spacious, which is a big plus! Probably the most versatile summer/spring shorts ever. Great color wash, too. The high-rise just covers my belly button, and is really comfortable.
Date published: 2015-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great buy These are great shorts: perfect balance between short and long, perfect balance between tight and loose. The name fits the description.
Date published: 2015-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE These shorts are EVERYTHING. The length is great, long enough that you aren't showing butt cheek like some other jorts but not too long either, high waist is super flattering and perfect for wearing shirts tucked in, untucked, with crop tops etc. Denim is a true denim that doesn't stretch out over the day and is very flattering. I wear these constantly and only wish they came in more washes! Can't say enough about these shorts
Date published: 2015-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The title of the short isn't lying! These shorts are literally the perfect summer short! I am going to get some more next summer (hopefully they'll still have them) in different colors. You can wear them with everything tucked or untucked. These shorts are so comfortable, very flattering because of the high waist and the perfect short to throw on everyday. I really like how they are a bit longer, so you don't feel like you are going to flash people during the day. I cannot say enough nice things about these shorts, absolute perfection.
Date published: 2015-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great short I am usually a size 27 and these are a smidge tight at the top button, but I think that has more to do with me and cookies rather than the size. They're awesome shorts, glad I bought them as my go-to for this summer.
Date published: 2015-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FINALLY the perfect cutoffs for me! I took a chance on these because they were on sale for a great price, and I am so glad I did. I am approaching 30, and many of my old cut off shorts just don't feel right to wear in public... doesn't help I'm not as toned as I used to be! It has been near impossible to find cute high-waisted shorts that aren't super-duper short or stretchy or overly distressed or what have you. These are perfect all around. Short enough to not feel dumpy, but long enough so I feel comfortable bending over! The denim feels like it is good quality and I love the color. It also fits me TTS- I have a 28 inch waist and size 28 fits me with no gaps. For reference I am 5'3", 135 lbs, and typically a size 6.
Date published: 2015-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new favorite shorts These shorts are FANTASTIC! Extremely flattering rise and a great fit. They're the perfect length when rolled up just a tad
Date published: 2015-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A staple These are ---by far--- my favorite pair of summer shorts! I've been looking for a nice pair of high waisted ones for a while with the right fit and wash. They are so flattering and I can wear it with anything, plain tee or a sweatshirt (for cooler weather). I was reading the reviews and was debating if I should get my usual size, 26 or size down to 25 (since others have mentioned that these ran a bit big). But I decided to get my usual size and they fit perfectly! Not too tight or too loose. Ref: I'm 5' 7" 120lbs. Thanks Madewell! Highly recommend!
Date published: 2015-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect I've been searching for the perfect pair of high-waisted denim shorts for over a year, and these are it! They hit right at my natural waist, they don't do any of the weird bunching around the crotch that I've noticed with Urban Outfitters' high-waisted shorts, and the cut-off legs look great rolled. They're snug without being too tight. I'm in love.
Date published: 2015-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great wash, perfect fit I really love these shorts!!! The color of the wash is so great and it looks good with any color even black. They're my favorite shorts right now. They did feel tight getting up (because I have a large backside) but once they were up they fit perfectly!!!
Date published: 2015-07-13
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