Every quintessential early 2000’s girl had zipper cargo pants. Mine were bright blue, thank you very much, fresh off the shelves of Limited Too. With just a quick zip, my bright blue pants would turn into bright blue capris, and with another zip, shorts. Easy? Super. Tacky? Absolutely. Said pants were given away to charity, the trend passed and zipper cargo pants were never to be seen again. Until now.
Enter Opening Ceremony’s Y Project Detachable Cut-Out Front Jeans. Selling for a cool $425 in a light blue denim wash, these jeans do almost exactly what my bright blue cargos did back in 2001, except in a much sexier way. The front cuts out to a high A-shape and stays in a straight line just under the bum in the back. While they definitely don’t use zippers to attach, it’s unclear if the magic lies behind snaps or hooks. Either way, they’re super short shorts when they detach, and equally as risque jeans when all together. Those butt slits! Def NSFW.
If Opening Ceremony’s Detachable Jeans aren’t up your alley, REI has a much more Limited Too approved version in varying shades of khaki. Sierra Trading Post, Columbia, and The North Face also carry similar versions— all outdoor brands.
Basically, detachable pants are only acceptable in the wild, out far away where no one can see them. While definitely practical, especially if you’re an outdoorsy girl, it’s not easy to find a stylish pair of detachable pants for everyday use. As amazing as they were back in the day, perhaps this is a trend better suited for just that: back in the day. Way, way back.
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