Comfortable, easy and uncomplicated—these are the hallmarks of simple summer style. You ditch the unnecessary (see: layers and socks) and one could argue that these days, pant legs would be classified as superfluous. Cut-offs make the perfect solution. They're not the baggy, ill-fitting shorts of your youth. Cut from old khakis or fine-wale cords, the fit is trim, which gives them a more grown up feel but the frayed edges give it a rumpled, casual air. Michael Bastian, who's included a pair of cut-offs in nearly every one of his collections, often sports them with some loafers and a well-washed oxford. You can grab a pair of pre-fab shorts from his Gant collection, but why not take matters into your own hands? Chances are, you've got a pair of pants just waiting to be reborn.
by Gant by Michael Bastian