The Europeans have always been ahead of us style-wise, but this season it appears they are light years beyond all of us. We sent reporter Hannah Jackson deep into Eastern Europe to forecast the hottest trends, soon to be coming our way. There seems to be nothing that unifies the people of Eastern Europe quite like their passion for “jorts” (a portmanteau of jean shorts, for the uncultured). Get a jump start on the latest trend before it hits the States, and find some inspo from the many varieties of jort looks below!
The sun is shining, and these babies are perfect for you to debut your blindingly pasty legs after keeping them hidden under your jeans all winter. Tight or loose, sneakers or sandals — there’s no wrong way to do jorts.
Ever seen a nearly-perfect pair of jorts that you’d buy if only they had more pockets, or found yourself wishing a great pair of cargo shorts came in denim? Well look no further than the cargo jorts. Practical and stylish, the cargo jort is perfect for looking fly as hell while having extra room for your 100 SPF sunblock, a map of any city from 1999 AND the keys, phone, wallet trifecta. To really achieve the “dad at a cookout” look, pair your cargo jorts with a socks and sandals combo or some New Balance sneakers with mid-calf-length white socks.
Nothing is better for bonding with your bros than some matching jorts. You can wear different washes all while maintaining cohesion. Perfect for you frat stars out there! Pro tip for aspiring frat stars: Wear a pair of these bad boys to rush to give off the “fun and chill” vibe.
Jump on a buy-one-get-one (BOGO!) deal, and get your dad a pair of matching jorts. Nothing says “daddy’s boy” like some father-son jort action. You’ll be a chip off the old jort! Bonus points for matching sandals, and bonus bonus points if you wear a fedora like this trend-setting young lad.
We all know that the Dad Bod is back in, but try taking it a step further with Dad Jorts. For you guys who aren’t quite ready to commit to sexier short-jorts, Dad Jorts fall at or below the knee for that extra security. Bring the look home by tucking in your shirt, adding a place to affix your cell phone (no pickpockets, thank you very much) or accessorizing with a cross-body bag.
Spice up your jorts with a funky pattern, like these zesty cheetah print cuffs.
BOLD LOOKS TO ACCOMPANY JORTS:
Fashion favors the bold. Don’t be afraid to go for a loud shoe choice like Crocs; it may seem like a lot of look, but embrace it. If you already have the confidence to rock a pair of jorts, take it a step further and apply it to more aspects of your look — a mullet perhaps?
Hannah Jackson is firmly anti-jorts.
Hannah serves as the Co-Opinion Editor and was previously Social Media Manager. She is a dancer, an avid napper and has killed every succulent she ever owned.