The fashion world is obsessed with short shorts this season, whether fun and flirty or tailored and sleek. Ideal for warm weather, of course, they can actually function as a versatile wardrobe staple in the spring and summer months. We’ll get to designer examples in a moment, but first, a little background.
Also known as “racers” or “hot pants”, these daringly short shorts usually have an inseam of about 50mm (2”) or less. Launched by designer Mary Quant during the mod London scene of the mid 1960’s, they were also very popular in the disco days of the 1970’s. The last time we saw the trend emerge as heavily as it has this year was back in the ‘90s.
Another fun sidenote, the New Jersey band The Royal Teens recorded the song Short Shorts in 1957, which was quite scandalous at the time. The title phrase is mentioned no less than 18 times in the catchy tune, which can still be heard from time to time in movies, commercials, and television programs.
And now, on with my top picks:
Daryl K goes back to her roots with Grace Slick-style faux leather shorts.
Opening Ceremony also rocks an edgy take on the trend.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Rebecca Minkoff’s look is quite sweet.
Custo Barcelona shows a colorful pair, accented with an updated “fanny pack”.
A sophisticated floral, from Cynthia Rowley.
Finally, one of Juicy Couture’s versions would be an affordable addition to your own wardrobe, with many priced under $100.
(Photo credits, from top: 1. DarylK.com, 2. OpeningCeremony.us, 3. GoRunway.com, 4. GoRunway.com, 5. GoRunway.com, 6. JuicyCouture.com)