Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Jort

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly trends can go in and out of fashion, particularly when it comes to denim.  One minute a certain style of denim will be all the rage, and the next minute it will be so last decade.  But don't hurry to throw away those pieces because they will always come back.  I had one such experience as a freshman in high school that will forever be burned in my memory.  The year was 1996 and I had been reading up on upcoming trends, one of which was the jean jacket which had been out of favor since the late 80s.  I, of course, wanted to be groundbreaking and purchased myself a stylin' new jean jacket.  I very strategically planned its debut and rolled into school with a little swagger in my step that day.  As I was sitting at the lunch table in a packed cafeteria, I heard my name yelled by one of the guys in my class.  He remarked "the eighties called and they want their jacket back" and the cafeteria erupted in laughter.  I was mortified and banished the jacket to the back of the closet.  Fast forward two months and suddenly other girls are sporting denim jackets around school.  Either I had sparked a trend or was just at the forefront.  The moral of the story is to not be afraid to be the leader of the pack even if it means getting called out at the lunch table. 

Eighties denim is back in a big way, especially the jean short or jort as they are affectionately called.  These shorts come in many shapes, styles and washes so find the pair that best flatters your figure.  Here are some of my favorites this season. 

See something Hadley Emerson that you like but don't live in the Chapel Hill area?  Feel free to give us a call at (919) 537-8264 and we can arrange a shipment! 

J Brand Mako Cuffed Short - $158

J.Crew Bermuda Short - $59.50

Easy Money Jackpot Short - $68

AG Pixie Roll Up Short - $186

AE Boy Fit in Dark Denim - $34.95

Denim Boyfriend Short available at Hadley Emerson - $56

Denim Jacket available at Hadley Emerson (a throwback to my 1996 wardrobe staple) - $80


  1. aw, i felt so bad for you in that story! but you ended up on top! are you going to have an online store eventually?

  2. Hi Hadley - Caroline Sheen and I are friends. She turned me on to your blog. Question...I need to invest in some black work trousers for the fall. What type of leg is going to be in style? Skinny, straight, wide? I feel like I always buy the wrong thing! Thanks! LaVon

  3. Hi LaVon,

    Thanks for following the blog! This Fall the trend is definitely toward wider leg trousers. As seen in extreme on the runway last February.

    But for someone who wants a look that is more versatile and office friendly, I would recommend something like these:,default,pd.html?dwvar_A0501215_color=001&start=4&cgid=womens-pants

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    Of course if you are afraid of getting too trendy, you can't go wrong with a straight leg trouser like those below.

    Hope this helps! Happy shopping!