Shorts first became popular as sports wear in the 1930s. Women started wearing them for activities like tennis.
Apparently, before WWI, women were arrested for wearing attire like shorts, smoking cigarettes and not wearing stockings (I’m not sure how true this is, but I read it somewhere). I am so grateful that I live now.
In the 1940s it was slightly more acceptable for women to wear shorts – however, most women still wore dresses, skirts or pants.
In the 50s, the shorts got shorter.
Despite the fact that short shorts were popular, a lot of women still wore their shorts just above the knee or pedal pushers.
I remember Pedal Pushers became really popular again when I was growing up (back in the 90s).
In the 60s, the shorts were still quite similar to the 50s. CZ Guest wore these in 1962:
However, the shorts in the 60s came in many different styles. Bermuda shorts were quite popular:
In the 70s, Hot Pants were discovered. Super short and super tight. I, personally would call these stubbies (technically, men wear stubbies. Stubbies are what Kiwis and Aussies call short shorts for males).
Imagine an Air Hostess wearing these nowadays:
I do really like the boots in both pictures though…and if I grew up in the 70s I probably would have worn hot pants.
In 1979, Catherine Bach wore Daisy Dukes when she played Daisy Duke on The Dukes of Hazard.
In the 80s, Demi Moore wore the weirdest outfit for the Oscars.
I wonder why she thought that that outfit looked good?!?!?!
Shorts in the 1990s.
When I was a kid there were so many different types of shorts. Bike shorts, denim, plaid, culottes (technically, these gained popularity in the 60s, I think), skorts, cargo shorts, short shorts, dungaree shorts. The list goes on.
I remember I loved bike shorts. They were so cool (at the time). I had a purple pair, floral pair, green pair…so many different colours and patterns :D. The only problem was, being a very skinny kid, I had stick thin legs. Bike shorts are supposed to be tight. On me, they were baggy.
Bike shorts are orginally from the 80s – but their coolness carried on over through the 90s.
I’m not sure when the above shorts are from..possibly late 80s.
In the Late 2000s, people started wearing shorts on more formal occasions. For example, Gwyneth Paltrow.
I think for formal wear, shorts need to be tailored and of a thicker material.
But, whatever you do, don’t wear shorts to court like Lindsay Lohan did:
Here’s my take on a 50s-ish style:
Shorts: Wrangler – 1950s True Vintage.
Tshirt: Crop from Dotti.
Bag: Chrissie pressie from about ten years ago. – it’s made of beads.
On another note, I went to Pukekohe today. It’s Auckland Anniversary Weekend, so we have Monday off work. Yahhooo, Long Weekend (but first day back at work for me on Tuesday 😥 I’ve had a great summer holiday, not quite ready to go back.
My dog is like the little sister I never had. She’s one of my best friends 🙂