The jean short is and has been a key component of the unofficial-official uniform of summer for some time now. Like, decades. New-York-based vintage brand, CIE Denim, is the latest to take a stab at refreshing the classic garment. Their approach, which was inspired by the Netflix hit Stranger Things, is pretty simple: run it through the Upside Down.
There are two pairs of inverted jean shorts styles available, each hand-selected and handmade, and each named after a Stranger Things character. The Nancy has a high waistline, relaxed fit and light wash. There’s a zipper and tab hidden at the top with the jean’s original pockets, belt loops and waistband at the bottom.
The El is similar, but has more paneling and a medium wash. Both the shorts retail for $385 USD.
Representing the boys of Stranger Things are a trio of longer but just as inverted denim pants. The jeans, named Mike, Will and Lucas, follow the same principle, but with more fabric and a bigger price tag.
Yes, you do get points for creativity. If this were a class project, you know it’d get an A, but is it worth the $500 price tag? The good people of Twitter have opinions on that, if you can believe it.
— Elle Waste (LoriAnn) (@ElleWasted) July 3, 2018
I want small brands to make money & succeed but also if you’re selling a pair of denim shorts for $400 just because you sewed them to look upside down maybe you’re doing it wrong. pic.twitter.com/FUSMBvzUdF
— Rachel Kuzma (@rgkuzma) June 28, 2018
If you’re dying for a way to distinguish your jean-short-clad butt in a sea of jean-short-clad butts, you can pick up a pair of CIE’s upside downers, available in sizes 23 through 29, on their website.