So, People Are Actually Buying These $385 Upside-Down Denim Shorts and I'm So Confused

Like clockwork, the latest installment of the "weird denim" trend has arrived — and this time, at least, the masterminds behind the jeans seem to know just how strange their creation is. Say hello to CIE Denim's upside-down shorts, which literally invert the fitted waistband and raw hem of a pair of vintage jorts to give you a whole new perspective on your old jean shorts.

According to CIE Denim, a New York City-based vintage shop, each pair of the upside-down shorts is handmade and one of a kind. The shorts are a high-waisted cut with a hidden zipper and tab closure around the raw hemline up top and the original waistband, belt loops, and pockets down below. The shorts retail for $385 (custom vintage denim doesn't come cheap) and, unfortunately, are only available in sizes 23 through 29.

The inverted shorts come in two slightly different washes and styles, named the Nancy and the El, a reference to the two main female characters of Netflix's Stranger Things. CIE Denim took the reference to the Upside Down even further with its "Will," "Mike," and "Lucas" pants, which are similarly inverted full-length jeans, all in relaxed fits and various distressed washes, and each of which retails for $500. (Though CIE Denim posted about "Dustin" upside-down denim on Instagram in February, that pair no longer appears on the website, having presumably sold out or gone too deep into the Upside Down.)

Who What Wear was first to report on the mind-bending jean shorts, after they appeared on the Instagram feed of Alyssa Coscarelli, a fashion editor. As with most other entries in the "weird jeans" trend, these upside-down shorts have sparked a variety of responses, as seen in the mixed emotions of those Twitter users who have stumbled across the jorts, as well as in the comments section of Alyssa's post, where one IG user claimed to be "very confused, but…also intrigued." Same.

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