It was soon after summer began that our friends at The Line came to us with a request: Could we, together with the help of 3×1’s denim sensei Scott Morrison, design the jean shorts we wanted to wear, but couldn’t seem to find anywhere? Could they be clean-lined, modest, and made for adults? Could they be work-approiate (in towns like Los Angeles, where just opened its second retail annex, The Apartment), and elegant enough to wear with the shopping site’s Victor Glemaud sweaters and Lemlem tops, too?

Why not, we thought! Let’s make one style fit like an A-line skirt, and another one look like the old Levi’s we cut off and cuffed at a length that dads (v. teenage daughters) would want to wear. Let’s collect inspiration and see what Scott thinks…

3x1 x The Line x Jean StoriesTHE SHORT STORY Selvedge denim, a relaxed fit, and the loved-in, light-blue wash make the boyfriend our new best friend; $295, go to

“Whatever you guys want,” Scott told us, because it’s true: He can make just about any denim dream come true at his in-store workshop in Soho. But approving is not the same as improving, which is what we needed from Scott – advice on which topstitch color to use to make the washed styles look more vintage-inspired (a high-contrast orange), and which thread to use to make the unwashed styles look more elevated (matching blue or white). We also looked to Scott for fit. High-waisted and raw-edged, or low-slung and cuffed, like the boyfriend, they shouldn’t ever be too tight around the thighs.

Arriving in time to stock The Line’s new L.A. store and outfit us for the holidays ahead (who out there is flying south for the winter?), our shorts are meant to fill a hole in your wardrobe. Raise your hand if you have what you see here. Don’t be shy, until now, we didn’t have it, either!


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