I Think the Short-Shorts Trend Is Dead—Here's Why


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First of all, I have no bias against short shorts. I've actually been a denim-cutoff devotee for basically my entire life. But as a fashion editor, I'm also very much aware of fluctuations in the popularity of trends. That said, I've always seen short (or mid-length) shorts as a wardrobe staple in the spring and summer. They're my go-to swimsuit cover-up and my favorite thing to wear with sneakers or sandals and a T-shirt. However, I'm afraid things might be taking a turn in the shorts department.

Here's what I've noticed: I'm seeing far more long, Bermuda-style shorts among the new arrivals at retailers than I am short shorts (with exceptions, of course). It's currently too cold outside to know what people will actually wear come spring and summer, but I'm predicting that stylish women will embrace the more covered-up look, especially given the popularity of bike shorts, which are typically on the longer side, and the fact that so many cool brands are endorsing the Bermuda trend.

Keep scrolling to see some long-shorts inspiration from the most recent Paris Fashion Week, and to shop my favorite Bermuda shorts on the market (which is something I never thought I'd say).


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Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.