The history of shorts: everything you need to know about this cult garment
Immersion in the archives to return on the most beautiful summer shorts that have marked the fashion. Audrey
Hepburn, Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe… Something to inspire you this summer.
Shorts are too often confined to the very naked world of summer and the beach, (think instead of mini shorts).
We rarely associate this must-have accessory of our summers with elegance. But this has not always been the case.
To be sure, just jump back in time, in the 1950s, when Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy were
wearing shorts, each one bringing its personal touch to this garment.
Audrey Hepburn, 1954
Lauren Bacall’s plain black ensemble of shorts and shirt is contrasted by a white jacket as long as her shorts
and short, while Marilyn Monroe does not lose her legendary elegance in her very short white shorts (white
shorts were also a sure thing for Audrey Hepburn). On her side, Jackie Kennedy offers us an asserted summer
style, thanks to her sleeveless blouse tucked into her high-waisted shorts, a wide-brimmed straw hat to complete
Adapting the shape of the shorts to your body type
What to remember? First of all, the cut. A shapely waist will enhance your body (we already knew that, of
course) but a looser leg cut (rather than shorts that are too close to the body) will accentuate the play
on proportions that the high-waisted style offers, while slimming and lengthening your legs. The material
and the cut do all the work. You’ll notice the absence of denim shorts in the stars of the past. Nike Air Force 1 Low
- Jane Birkin, 1971
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- Velvet, suede, denim
Opt for cotton or linen shorts to stay cool on hot days. For more urban or nighttime wear, try velvet, like Jane Birkin,
or suede, like Olivia Newton-John. The combination of shorts, even very mini ones, and a blouse that fits your body
immediately gives you a feminine presence (look at Rita Hayworth or Grace Kelly in the 1950s). And finally, don’t
forget the power of small styling details, like the scalloped bangs of Joan Crawford’s shorts, chic and successful.
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