Who Wears Short Shorts?

January 8, 2011 § 1 Comment

A snowy day is perfect to throw summer gear overboard. Here is a pair of jean shorts that I received as a hand-me-down. I’ve never been a fan of the wash of the denim, the fit through the hip, and to be honest, I just don’t like shorts in general.

Shorts, or short trousers, were originally worn by school boys in the 19th and 20th centuries. The garment was avoided by men for many years, as the look was associated with childhood or inferiority. Not surprisingly women inherited this trend in the late 40’s through the early 1960’s as evidence by the ’57 pop hit by the Royal Teens, Short Shorts.

Of course, since men began to pick up the trend they no longer carry negative connotation. Often worn with knee highs and loafers, Meg Ryan sported this ensemble in the opening scenes of 1989 romantic comedy, When Harry Met Sally. There are now many different styles including cycling shorts, the Bermuda shorts and of course, daisy dukes. (The original Daisy Duke has her own lovely line of denim at http://catherinebach.com/) But honestly, think I would rather just wear some nice breathable bikini bottoms in lieu of the 1979 Dukes of Hazard fashion statement–it looks a little painful.

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Monday, Jan. 10, 2011

Update:

My father, Philip, in his ultimate pop culture wisdom, sent me this over the weekend. It is a picture of the original label before it became a hit.

He writes, “It was sold to ABC Paramount, which was the national label. Bob Gaudio was later introduced to Frankie Valli though Joe Pesci (barber shop). They became the core of the Four Seasons.”

Thanks  for this history lesson, Dad!

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§ One Response to Who Wears Short Shorts?

  • Matthew Wolf says:

    This is fantastic! I think the reason so many of us hold onto these old treasures for so long is that each one, no matter how trivial seeming, share a story and a memory. I love the idea of simplifying your life and still finding a way to hold on to the treasured memories. Can’t wait to keep reading.

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