She Wears Short Shorts
Have I ever mentioned that my mother, Sally Lou, was so notorious for wearing short skirts that in the 1960’s my grandmother created the term “Sally Skirt” to describe my mom’s heightened hemlines that went beyond the already miniscule “mini skirts” of her generation? True story. Well, following in her footsteps I must admit that I have several pairs of shorts with barely more that a 2″ inseam (see above). I know, I know, but I swear I’m normally pretty terrified of this level of skin exposure. The thing is, the resuscitated 1970’s trend of high-waited shorts makes them ever so much more wearable. Think about it; this cut celebrates curves which means, if you’ve got ’em, great! And if you don’t? You’ll look like you do! And if you’re a short-legged girl like me, the high waist and short length really elongates your stems! I do, however have a few rules to making them not too risque:
1) If they’re short and tight, choose a top that is either more loose-fitting, or has more coverage, or both! I love wearing mine with breezy, A-line tops or tucked-in blouses.
2) If you’re showing significant skin on the top and the bottom, opt for cute flats or flat sandals as opposed to heels. Otherwise it looks too sexy for casual, daytime wear.
3) If you have to lay down to zip them up, or can’t sit in them–buy a bigger size!! This isn’t always possible when you’re buying vintage so if that’s the case, just don’t buy them until you find a pair that’s more practical. Being able to breathe is always a good thing. 🙂
Here’s a few examples of how I wear some of my favorite pairs.
Ok, confession. This faded kelly green pair is actually not vintage! They’re by the brand Grey Ant and would have cost me a fortune but luckily I found them at Wasteland, a used clothing store, for a great price! I love the braided built-in-belt detail and you can’t see it, but the lining is a cute black and white pattern! The top I’m wearing is a simple, wide-cut tank from H&M.
This coral-colored pair is one of my most recent flea market purchases. The silver buttons and sweet little front pockets sealed the deal for me, even though I’m probably going to have them taken in a bit. Ladies, never underestimate the power of a great tailor! My top here is another Wasteland find, a 1960’s inspired black cropped blouse by Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent. If you look carefully you can see the little pom-pom trim around the neck and arms. Love!
I got this pair of 1980’s shorty shorts as a birthday gift from my stylish friend Erin of Dudley. Although pleating can often be unflattering I love that little detail on these! Since they’re pretty snug in the waist, they’re easiest to wear with a tight-fitting bodysuit like this one from American Apparel.