Are you looking for a Bermuda shorts definition? The
Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Bermuda shorts as short pants that
reach down to the knees or knee-length walking shorts.
Shorts are a garment worn over the pelvic area, circling the waist
and splitting to cover the upper part of the legs, sometimes extending
down to the knees but not covering the entire length of the leg. They
are called "shorts" because they are a shortened version of trousers
("trousers" are the same thing as "pants").
Bermuda shorts, also known as walk shorts or dress shorts, are a
particular type of short trousers, worn as semi-casual attire. The hem,
which can be cuffed or un-cuffed, is approximately 1 inch above the
How did they get their name?
They are so-named because of their popularity in Bermuda, a British
Overseas Territory, where they are considered appropriate business
attire for men when made of suit-like material and worn with knee-length
socks, a dress shirt, tie, and blazer. Bermuda shorts originated
with the British Army for wear in tropical and desert climates, and they
are still worn by the Royal Navy, as well as the Royal Canadian Navy.
During the Second World War there was a shortage of clothing in Bermuda.
According to Jack Lightbourn, former Executive Vice President of the
Bank of Bermuda, the general managers of the two banks in Bermuda, The
Bank of Bermuda Ltd and The Bank of N.T. Butterfield and Sons Ltd
[clarification needed] were concerned that their male employees would
not have suitable clothing to wear. They arranged for a local tailor to
make two pairs of shorts, modeled on the shorts of the British military,
for each of their male employees. The shorts were made from a very itchy
grey flannel material, and each employee was supplied with two pairs of
heavy grey wool long socks to wear with the shorts. This was the
beginning of Bermuda shorts as business attire in Bermuda.
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