Bermuda shorts, also known as walking shorts or dress
shorts, are a particular type of short trousers, worn as semi-casual attire by
both men and women. The hem, which can be cuffed or un-cuffed, is around 1 inch
above the knee.
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
tie, and blazer.
Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory in the North
Atlantic Ocean, off the east coast of North America about 1,070 km (665 mi)
east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, 1,236 km (768 mi) south of Cape
Sable Island, Canada, and 1,578 km (981 mi) north of Puerto Rico. The capital
city is Hamilton. More important than all of that, the island is
absolutely beautiful and a perfect island for living or vacation. The only
thing better than the pristine beaches is the fact that the island has its own
short named after it.
Bermuda shorts are not to be confused with "capri
pants" which are pants that extend below the knee. Cargo
shorts may be a similar length, but are typically baggy or less
"tailored" than Bermuda shorts. Cargo pants also may have more pockets
that a traditional Bermuda short.
Bermuda shorts originated with the British Army for wear in
tropical and desert climates, and they are still worn by the Royal 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. Later in the shorts history
bright colored materials began to become more popular.
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