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The rules of cut off shorts

June 2nd, 2015 No Comments

At the ripe old age of 33, I feel like I’m too old and have become too conservative to wear cut off jean shorts of the super-short, ripped-to-shreds, pocket-hanging-out variety. Totally ridiculous, especially since I live in a beach town and I’m a stone’s throw away from West Hollywood where anything goes.

I think it’s time I lighten up!

@PeaceLoveShea (“a global talent and fashion influencer” per her website) has become one of my favorite fashionistas to follow on instagram,  I don’t really care what she does for a living, but I love living and dressing vicariously through her.

She exemplifies how this trend should be worn.




  1. Loose-fitting top

  2. Flat shoes

A few other examples from IG.



One thing you need to watch out for are the high-waisted shorts.  They look good from the front, just don’t take the tags off until you make sure they look good from the back.  I have a severe case of pancake butt in anything high waisted.  These two below pull it off beautifully.


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Peace, love, and music bring out the best in barely-there outfits.

April 15th, 2014 No Comments

For those of you unfamiliar with Coachella, it’s a two-weekend alternative music festival held outside Palm Springs, California.  Think Woodstock for hipsters as this chick would indicate.

Even though the music is alt, the attire is all-out hippie and natural.   Emphasis on natural.  If you look too good, you look like that chick that tried too hard.  And if you have on too many pieces, you’ll burn alive in the desert heat.

Usually, I’m a HUGE proponent of keep yourself covered and show off one “money-maker,” but since the bands rock out their fans in the heat of the desert it’s only fitting clothing is minimal.

Below are a few of the more tame looks (that’s right) we can learn from and incorporate into our spring wardrobes.

Julianne Hough Coachella 2014 (Photo by Michael Simon/Startraks)

Julianne Hough Coachella 2014 (Photo by Michael Simon/Startraks)


  • Double denim
  • Cut-offs with pockets
  • Fringed cross-body bag
  • Flat ankle boots

Alessandra Ambrosio Coachella 2014 via StarStyle


  • Bustier top
  • Middriff exposed
  • Matching top and bottom
  • Shorts + boot combo

Diane Kruger with Joshua Jackson and Jason Wu. Coachella 2014. Photo via STS/WEN


  • Wide-brimed hat
  • Graphic tee
  • Inka + curt-off shorts
  • Shorts + Boot combo
  • Cross-body bag

Jared Leto Coachellla 2014 via JustJared


  • Long hair
  • Loose fitting tank top
  • Patterned pants
  • Toned arms (just throwing that out there :))

Coachella 2014 style via Vogue


  • Embroidery
  • Cut-off shorts
  • All white
  • See through
  • Cross-body bag

Coachella 2014 style via Vogue


  • Patterned pants
  • Red
  • Cross-body bag



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Double down on denim

August 27th, 2013 No Comments

A couple of years ago we were loving the trend for men, now it’s our turn!  My vote: love it – when done right. It doesn’t get much cuter than Olivia Palermo and her matching BF:

Even though camo is a big trend right now, Olivia’s shoes wouldn’t have been my first choice. However, I do agree a bold shoe is the right move.


Rhianna misses the mark because the shirt and skirt just don’t work together.

@TheClosetClause made this little style board to show great examples of how you can wear the trend.

And as for me:



Sun-Day Head To Toe:


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Straightening up my act. Care to join me?

November 29th, 2011 No Comments


I’m tired of skinny jeans. Aren’t you? With the resurgence of straight, boot, and even bell bottom jeans, I know I’m not the only one.

I shopped Gap, Citizen of Humanity, and J Brand before settling on AG’s “Angel” boot-cut ($170), which is more like a straight leg. Loved the “Ava” from Citizens ($165), but they were too big on my bum.

Gap’s 1969 straight leg is less than half the price ($68 I think), but they didn’t look right in the front.

It’s funny…my first pair of designer jeans were AG’s I bought in college, and I could swear they were “Angel.”

Can’t wait to wear them out and have the long, open bottom cover my heels – A classic, sophisticated look I’ve missed in jeans.

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Get down with denim

January 18th, 2011 No Comments

Photos via GAS Jeans Spring/Summer 2011 Runway

MR NOTE:  I love double denim on men!  It’s actually not a hard look to adopt and Andrew gives you great tips on how to do it.  The trend has been around for a year now on the coasts, so people won’t think you’re crazy.  Go for it!

— Andrew Woj, The Straight Guy Stylist

Recently, when visiting Denver, I joked how everyone in the “Mile High” wears all denim, all the time.  Then I got to thinking, could I do it?  I was skeptical that cowboy casual could be transformed into something more sophisticated and styled, but then I saw some of the guys I look up to pulling out their own all-denim ensembles, plus it’s been trending on runways like crazy.  A denim outfit is really easy, the part that is a little more challenging is accessorizing.  Here are my tips on putting together an outfit that is fit for everything from parties to weekends in the park.

Basic guidelines for mixing denim:

  1. Do not color match your denim.  Make sure that your top and bottom remain clearly separate by pairing different shades and washes of denim.  For example, pair a darker jean with a lighter denim work shirt, similar to a chambray.  These shirts can be found everywhere from American Eagle to J.Crew if you don’t feel like spending more on a higher-end version.
  2. Keep everything fitted.  Baggy and ill-fitted shirts and jeans will make an all-denim outfit look sloppy.  This is especially important when you pick out your bottoms: go for something with a straight leg.  The closer to the body, the cleaner the look.  I prefer a raw or selvage denim because it has a more rigid texture that molds to your body the more you wear it.  It also contrasts well with the softness of the shirt.
  3. Let your shoes speak.  Since everything else in the outfit is blending together, let your shoes have a little fun.  In the fall and spring, try a pair of moccasins or bright driving shoes.  During the winter, lace up a pair of work boots and maybe tuck your pants leg in.  In the summer, wear a crisp white sneaker.
  4. Don’t be afraid of accessories.  I’m a firm believer in a few good accessories for men.  Show some personal style with your choice of watch or bracelet.  Perhaps you’ll even experiment with a ring or necklace.
  5. It’s all about the details.  You’re comfortable rolling up your sleeves, why not go for the leg? A rolled cuff on your jeans and a coordinated belt go a long way and have the ability to take denim from West Virginia to the Upper West Side.

Watch me now!

Here is my all-denim look.  I’ve paired a chambray button down from Gap with a pair of Levi’s 511 jeans.  The dark wash of the jean makes the lightness of the shirt pop and avoids a “matchy” look.

To complete the look I picked out a few accessories including a wooden bead bracelet a friend brought back from Africa and slipped on a pair of vintage oxford shoes from my favorite Philly vintage spot, SAZZ.

Beware of the trend:

Denim is trending but unfortunately, it’s not all-inclusive.  You’ll still want to avoid jean jackets and most colored denim.  The power of blue denim should not be messed with: it makes the outfit work because it’s comfortable, relaxed, and sublte.

If you try out your own denim head to toe, snap a picture and send it to andrew@morethanmary.com – I’d love to see how you’re making the trend work for yourself!

Note: I apologize for the quality of the pictures… Living alone is great when it comes to having your own space, but terrible when it’s time to blog about your outfits!