The great thing about shorts is that they provide comfort. Manufactured from a variety of materials and in a variety of styles, they are suitable gear for a wide variety of uses, including sports, walking, climbing, swimming, and all for casual wear.
Athletic shorts are used when playing racquetball, exercising in the gym, and playing sports. They are usually loose-fitting and made of nylon for breathability for figure or cotton jerseys. “Bun huggers” are small, tight and made of spandex and / or nylon. They are worn by girls and young women when playing sports such as volleyball. Their tight fit and ultra short length give the wearer an increased range of motion.
For biking and running, special shorts are made of tight-fitting lycra and spandex to prevent chuffing and extra movement. These shorts make the athlete more aerodynamic, which adds to his performance.
Today, running shorts are more for style than walking for running. They come on their knees or are just above them. Women wear shorts when they want to be casual, without showing too much skin. They are perfect for a casual summer lunch or barbecue and can be worn to do light gardening.
Swim shorts, or tights, are used by men to swim or sunbathe. They are usually made of nylon or some other quick drying, shape retaining fabric. The length varies from mid-thigh to well below the knees.
Bermuda shorts were not invented in Bermuda. They were designed in London, England, at the turn of the 20th century for British troops stationed in tropical and subtropical climates. Today Bermuda shorts extend three inches above the knee, three inches, with the arm sewn hem, allowing them to hang properly. They come in a variety of colors and light weight clothing, which are both fluffy and flat.
Nearly everyone had cut-offs when they were growing up and even during their college years. The cut-off is usually a pair of pants or jeans in which the legs are “cut off”, so that they are ready to be patched. The length depends on the taste of the wearer and extends anywhere from just below the crochet to just above the knee.
Shorts changed a lot over the years. In the 1960s and 70s, short shorts or hotpants were designed to emphasize the buttocks and legs and were very popular with young women. Culottes, or very long shorts, can substitute for skirts and are sometimes worn with tights in winter. “Skirts” are shorts with an extra piece of fabric in the front that makes them resemble skirts. Capri pants are shorts that extend below the knee. Cargo shorts have large “cargo” pockets, which are made from khaki material, and can be khaki brown, OD green or camouflage color. Currently, “Boy Shorts” are in fashion with young women. They are tight-fitting shorts that extend from under the navel to the crotch level. There types are designed and worn as a cover for short shorts or bikini swimwear. Also, boy shorts are made in lightweight material and used as lingerie, usually incorporating lace or ribbon in their designs. Both types are made of clothing and come in many styles and colors.
While there are countless styles to choose from, one should choose shorts that flatter the form while hiding their weak points. Style and length matter when choosing shorts for any occasion. Most shorts come in both flat front or pleated styles. Some include an attractive waistline, which allows the wearer to adjust the waist size. A vendor can be helped by suggesting alternative sizes and cuts.
As a person grows older, their style of shorts should change. Shorts that look too short are too short and which look too long. Well fitted shorts are a must. The larger a person is, the smaller and stitched his body should be to flatter.