We are pretty sure that you already know what a short
pant is, but here is a description just in case. Hey, you may learn a
Shorts are a garment worn by both
men and women over their 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
version of trousers, which cover the entire leg.
There are a variety of shorts, ranging from knee-length
short trousers that can in some situations be worn as formal clothes to
beachwear and athletic shorts.
Shorts are typically worn in warm weather or in an
environment where comfort and air flow are more important than the protection of
There are many different types of shorts worn by men,
women, and children. Some types of shorts are typically worn by women,
such as culottes, which are a divided skirt resembling a pair of loose-cut
Shorts are typically worn in warm weather or in an
environment where comfort and air flow are more important than the protection of
Shorts are worn for normal daily
activities but also have specialized versions for athletics, swim, and
underwear. For example,
Difference between casual shorts and a more dressy or
business like short:
In the United States, it is generally understood that the
term short can be used to describe casual, athletic, and formal shorts.
However, on occasion we do try to break down the subject into finer
classifications. The terminology may differs by location.
In British English the term "short
trousers" has been used, but only for shorts
that are a short version of real trousers (pants), e.g. tailored shorts, often
lined, as typically worn as part of school uniform for boys up to their early
teens, and by servicemen and policemen in tropical climates.
In American English the term "short
pants" or “dress
shorts" is the closely related to the British
term short trousers. Although it is debatable if shorts can ever be
considered “formal" or “business attire", using the term dress shorts may be the
closest equivalent in the United States.
A somewhat similar garment worn
by men in Australia
is called "stubbies".
The word "Shorts" is used unqualified is typically used
in English to refer to sports shorts, athletic shorts, or casual shorts.
The term "boxer shorts" is an American coinage for a
particular kind of men's underwear, and is now common in Britain and around the
world. However, boxer shorts are often referred to as "boxers" in the USA.
A bit of short pant history:
In much of Europe and the Americas during the 19th and
early 20th centuries shorts were worn as outerwear only by young boys until they
reached a certain height or maturity. When boys got older, they would receive
their first pair of long pants. This produced the perception that shorts were
only for young boys. Because of this, men would often avoid shorts to avoid
In the past (and some places currently) Women tended not
to wear shorts in most cultures, due to social or religious issues. Women were
generally expected to wear dresses, or skirts and blouses.
In the 1890s, knee pants (an
early type of short pants) became the standard wear for American boys. Many
urban school portraits from the 1890s show all but the oldest boys wearing knee
pants. North American boys normally wore knee pants with short stockings. This
began to change after the 1900s when North American boys began wearing
short pants became more popular in Europe. In the 1930s, shorts started to be
worn for casual comfort (e.g. outdoor and athletic activities) by both men and
women. However, it was still taboo to wear shorts outside certain activities.
Since about the time of World War II, when many soldiers
served in tropical locations, adult men have worn shorts more often, especially
in summer weather, but the perception of shorts as being only for young boys
took several decades to change.
By the late 20th century it became common for men to wear
shorts as casual wear in summer.
Adults are also commonly seen wearing shorts, however
wearing shorts is less common among women in traditional eastern countries than
in the West, although this varies widely by region - women more often wear
shorts in large, cosmopolitan cities. In some countries adult women can be seen
wearing loose-fitting shorts that end at or just below the knee, as these are
seen as sufficiently modest.
Loose-fitting shorts which reach
the knees has been associated with football kit (soccer) and similar sports
since 1904, when the Football Association of England dropped its rule requiring
players cover their knees. Loose-fitting longer shorts rapidly replaced the
former knickerbockers. Until the 1960s, footballers referred to these garments
but after the 1960s, the term "shorts"
entered standard usage.
During the 1970s and 1980s, much shorter shorts became
standard wear for footballers (soccer players), but following the adoption of
longer shorts by Tottenham Hotspur F.C. for a match on 18 May 1991, despite
initial mockery, the longer length became more widely worn again.
Different Types of Shorts:
are Short trousers that end three to four inches above
the knee. They are commonly worn by men in Bermuda (with knee-socks and a
blazer and tie) for business attire and even at cocktail parties. They are
available in a wide range of colors, ranging from conservative grey and navy, to
brighter hues such as orange, green and pink. Despite their name, they are not
of Bermudian origin, but were originally designed around 1900 for military wear
by the British armed forces in tropical climates. From the 1920s onwards these
military uniform shorts began to be copied by Bermudian tailors and civilians,
and were subsequently taken up by tourists who spread the style around the
world. The tourists who appropriated the style wore Bermuda shorts almost
exclusively as casual wear. In the early 1990s Bermuda shorts became
accepted in France as a fashionable option for women, although since the 1930s
they had been increasingly established as an option for American women's
fashionable sportswear. In America, despite widespread criticism, Bermuda
shorts were taken up by male and female students on college campuses from the
1920s and 1930s onwards, and by the 1950s, were widely worn. In early 21st
century America, women's Bermuda shorts are known as "city shorts," and are
usually knee-length, resembling a pencil skirt.
or Cycling shorts are skin-tight long shorts specifically designed for wear by
cyclists to reduce chafing. While often designed with an elastic waist, a
popular alternative style with integral suspenders, is called bib shorts. They
are designed to fit the posture of a cyclist bent over in the racing position,
cut longer in the back than in the front to guarantee full coverage. Since the
1980s, such garments are increasingly designed to take into account the
difference between male and female bodies, as women's shorts require a longer
waist-to-crotch measurement. Since the 1980s, 'bike shorts' have also been
worn as fashion garments, although these versions often lack the internal
padding and construction required by cyclists. Biker shorts are often made
in stretch materials such as spandex.
Boardshorts are a form of long, loose-fittng
shorts specifically designed for beachwear and aquatic sports. They may also be
described as "baggies" or "jams". As "surf trunks" they first emerged in
Hawaii in the 1950s, distinguished by their construction which included fly
fastenings and secure pockets with sealable flaps. These early surf trunks
were made from cotton, although quick-drying synthetics such as nylon and
neoprene quickly found favor with wearers. They were made knee-length in order
to protect the surfer's legs from sticking to the wax on their surfboard.
In 1970 the company Quiksilver offered a highly successful boardshort design
that rapidly gained a reputation among surfers as the best to be had.
Understanding the importance of female surfers, Quiksilver would later pioneer
a line of boardshorts specifically designed for the female wearer. Other
leading boardshort manufacturers include Billabong and Rip Curl have also been
pioneers in regard to board shorts and other surf clothing. By 2010, the
boardshort was widely worn as a fashionable garment beyond the beach. In
the early 21st century, polyester is increasingly used, often blended with other
such as Lycra, elastane, or spandex, creating an ultrasuede effect.
Although originally created for boxing participants they are more known now as
elastic waist soft fabric shorts usually worn as underwear. In their current
form "boxers" were introduced in 1925 by Jacob Golomb (founder of the sports
equipment and clothing company Everlast) as an alternative to the leather-belted
trunks that boxers typically wore. They subsequently became an alternative to
long underwear as well. Men's boxers as undergarments began to be presented in
novelty prints and patterns from the late 1950s onwards. During the 1980s and
1990s women began to wear boxer shorts paired with T-shirts as
Boyshorts (or boy shorts) are a form of
women's underwear that first emerged in the 1990s, closely resembling
abbreviated hotpants They are cut with wide sides and a low rise, reducing the
risk of visible panty line. Boyshorts are increasingly being worn as outerwear
in sporting contexts by female athletes and runners.
Bun-huggers is a popular name for very brief, tight
athletic shorts, also
known as "racing briefs." They have been compared to
bottoms. In 2008 it was noted that the International Volleyball
Federation used to require that female volleyball players wear such garments
while playing. Although it is argued and claimed that bun-huggers enable
wearers to move unhindered and enjoy a wide range of movement, wearers and
observers have expressed discomfort with their increasing skimpiness. A study
made by the Women's Sports Foundation commented that making such garments
compulsory for women athletes was "venturing into the arena of athlete
exploitation". Since the mid-2000s such garments are increasingly being
replaced by boyshorts which offer increased coverage and security to their
wearers. In our opinion, the women athletes should be able to select their own
garments as long as they don’t create an unfair athletic advantage that the
other team does not have access to utilize. However, we are not part of
those decisions because
Apparel Search is not an official athletic federation…
Cargo shorts are an abbreviated version of cargo pants (no kidding), typically
around knee-length, with multiple pockets that are typically stitched to the
outside sides of the legs. In 1980 cargo shorts were marketed as ideal for the
sportsman or fisherman, with the pocket flaps ensuring that pocket contents were
secure and unlikely to fall out. In addition to being great shorts for
sportsmen, they are also fantastic for holding mobile devices. Having the
extra pockets (usually with buttons) is good for securing a mobile device.
Cargos are made in various fabrics and colors and are often made in camo print.
were introduced in the mid-20th century as an abbreviated version of the
late-nineteenth century divided skirt. Originally intended for horse back and
bicycle riding. Although called culotte skirts, they are basically full shorts
constructed to hide their division. Since the mid-20th century culottes have
been increasingly offered as an alternative to skirts.
Also called "cutoffs" or “cut off shorts". A generic term for pants
where the legs have been cut off mid-way. A technique often used to create
The concept has been around since the 1930s when shorts began to be acceptable
wear outside the sports field. During the 1960s and 1970s the concept of
deliberately cutting off the legs of jeans, allowing the raw edge to fray, along
with other means of customizing them, took hold as part of Western youth
culture. Whilst cut-offs can be home-made from existing jeans, ready-made
cut-offs are also commercially manufactured and retailed. Extremely short denim
cut-offs are known as "Daisy Dukes".
are an extremely short version of denim cut-offs, popularized by actress
Catherine Bach's character of that name Daisy Duke from the American television
series The Dukes of Hazzard. They are a type of hot pants or short shorts.
or Jorts are
worn by both genders. The term "jorts" is a portmanteau of the words "jeans"
and "shorts". The jorts term is arguably applied to knee-length baggy styles.
However, references as shorts at any length.
A specific style of gym shorts very short, originally made from nylon with
contrasting binding, side slits, and rounded corners, popular in the 1980s. The
name is altered possibly based on the Dolfin running short. Dolfin is
American company that first produced the original running shorts in the 1980s.
A generic term for shorts specifically designed for sports wear or sports
activities (learn more about
or Hot pants is a term that appeared around 1970 as a description for extremely
short shorts for women, made in luxury fabrics such as velvet and silk.
The style and term emphasized their role as fashion garments rather than
practical wear. The term "hotpants" is used generically to describe short
shorts, similar garments had been worn since the 1930s. Very short men's shorts
may also be occasionally called hotpants.
are leather shorts, often worn with matching suspenders connected by a chest
band, traditionally associated with Bavaria, Germany; and countries formerly
part of the Tyrol region and Austria-Hungary.
A form of gym shorts designed specifically for running. They are typically
lightweight, very short and split at the side (to enable freedom of leg
movement), with an inbuilt briefs lining. Nylon is a popular fabric for running
shorts as it is lightweight, quick-drying and hard-wearing. Nylon running
shorts first appeared in the 1970s. An even shorter version of the running
short, typically worn by triathlon participants, is called a tri-short. Dolphin
shorts are a popular variation on running shorts. Trail running shorts are
typically made longer and in harder-wearing fabric that is less likely to catch
and tear on protruding branches.
are short pants designed specifically to be worn as part of a school uniform.
These are traditionally made in the same manner as fully tailored trousers, with
belt loops, pockets, fly fastenings, and a lining, but cut to shorts length.
Originally, wool flannel was used, as in long trousers, but nowadays these
short trousers are more usually made from synthetic blend fabrics. The
traditional grey flannel shorts associated with British school uniform had
become well-established by the 1920s, when they were knee-length or just above
knee-length. Up until the 1950s school shorts were also described as
'knickers' in tailoring catalogues and jargon. This term possibly originated as
an abbreviation of knickerbockers, which began being worn by schoolboys for
sports in the 1880s. As the term 'knickers' had become synonymous with
in the 20th century, it was rarely used colloquially for shorts
(a portmanteau of "skirt" and "shorts") are made with a flap of fabric in front
that creates the illusion of their being a skirt from the front. They are often
worn for sport and active pursuits. Are skorts skirts or shorts?
When the skort was first introduced in America
in the late 1950s it described a pair of shorts with an attached pleated
or Convertible Shorts
are pants which zip off at the knee, allowing the wearer to vary the length of
their trouser leg. One day they can be wearing these as pants and at the
next moment zip off the leg and turn them into shorts. Zipping them back
on returns the garment to become a long pant once again. Often recommended for
travel, hiking or walking, zip-offs have been around since the 1980s. They are
also suited to fishermen, as longer pants can easily be converted to
wading-length shorts. These are a versatile garment that is good for
adventures so they are prepared for various conditions and activities.
As you can see from the various styles of shorts, the
world has plenty of choices when it comes to short pants. Consumers have
the choice between many silhouettes, colors, shapes, and sizes.
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