Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Winter Shorts Trend

We've had a pretty mild fall and early winter here in New England, with just one weak dusting of snow that melted within a couple of days. I do a lot of walking around campus every day, and global warming or not, I certainly appreciate not having to trudge through a foot of snow in my 10 lb L.L. Bean snow boots. But just because we haven't been hit by any snowstorms doesn't mean it's not downright cold most days and every night; I've been layering like mad and I rarely go out without my gloves and a scarf.

Despite temperatures dropping into the 20's, I'm shocked to see girls walking around in shorts. Though a few brave souls dare to wear them bare-legged, most people pair them with tights, ankle boots (the most hideous of boots) and sometimes Jane Fonda-esque leg warmers. Oh, the horror!


Even if the shorts are made out of a heavy winter material, if they're in a dark color and if you insist that you're just as covered as if you were wearing a skirt... this look is just wrong. It's seasonally inappropriate and looks strange in the winter, especially when worn with 12 other layers and a heavy coat. And because shorts are one of the least flattering articles of clothing, very, very few people's bodies are flattered by this look, particularly if the shorts in question are pleated or high waisted, as I've often seen.

I don't care if it's trendy or fashion-forward. I don't care if all the cool kids are doing it. If it's below 60 degrees, don't wear shorts! They're not intended for layering, and you risk hypothermia if you go out bare-legged, not to mention being written up as a crime against fashion.

This concludes this public service announcement.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

These are back! I am sooo guilty of perpetuating this trend say, 15-16 years ago. Granted, I had the body to do so (*sigh* alas not anymore). It didn't look good back then, and honestly, I am not fond of it now. I echo your sentiments about zee ankle boots; can't stand 'em!

xo

sabina

Alison said...

oh i totally agree!! there is no such thing as "winter shorts" total oxy moron

Cate said...

God, AGREED! So few people look good in shorts that there is no reason to take them outside of summer. Sheesh.

sparkler said...

I used to wear shorts with tights – when I was 14 in 1992. It makes me cringe that it's come back in style.

Chocoholic said...

Yeah, I was just thinking that I remember doing this trend back in middle school. I had these dark green shorts I would wear with tights, even in the winter. How horrible that my middle school trends are coming back, it makes me feel old.

Justice said...

I HATE shorts in general, because they make me feel very self-conscious about my thighs and I can never find a pair that work for my body type and comfort levels. I own one pair - my "it's so hot I can't help it" shorts. Needless to say, I am pretty against the idea of formal shorts - what an oxymoron! The last time I did the winter tights thing was when I was four at Christmastime. I looked ridiculous.

rachelh said...

You know, there are a lot of trends back from the 80's and early-mid 90's right now. Colors, tights, colored tights, tights with shorts, high waists, pleats. I was watching something the other day (can't remember what) from that time period and remember thinking "Wow, that could be worn today and people would think you were being trendy".

Granted, the -way- things are being put together are different, and thank God the tapered, bleached jeans still haven't made it back (if they do, I'm moving to Alaska and wearing snowsuits all year), but all the pieces are the same.

Melanie said...

Thank goodness! I was worried that I was just getting too old or prudish or something (I'm 26). An intern started at my job today, and I could not believe that on her FIRST day at work, she was wearing SHORTS. They are grey wool, and she has black tights...but still, they are mid-thigh shorts. I flipped out first and then suddenly worried that I might be losing my edge...I'm glad to see it's not just me.

lisa said...

Yeah, I agree shorts in the winter are ridiculous and impractical. However, I do like the look of long tweed culottes that go past the knee paired with knee-high leather boots.

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot for dictating what others can and cannot wear; would you like to do speech next?

Anonymous said...

...I own those legwarmers and love them.

And though I haven't worn them with shorts, I've thought about it (but just to work out, not... out and about).

Anonymous said...

personally, i think shorts with tights are fabulous, as are leg warmers and ankle boots. I own all three and will be wearing them proudly around campus.

Anonymous said...

I disagree with you so much I barely want to think straight. Sometimes people want to wear shorts because they like shorts in general. I know I do. I also love Ankle boots, and leg warmers. Just because maybe you dont like or look good in them, doesnt mean it should immediatly be deemed IMPRACTICAL!

Anonymous said...

i pretty much wore tights and shorts throughout college in the late '90s. it was comfortable in san francisco weather. i got lotsa compliments from guys and girls. but i wore shorts that stopped just above the knee, and i usually wore them with a wool blazer or cardigan. the shorts were great -- like wearing a skirt, without the draft.

Tokyo Scene said...

I guess this trend doesn't really surprise me, as I saw it around last winter and it's very commonplace in Tokyo. I'll even admit to doing it myself (though I prefer colored tights with a black dress or black "dress" shorts) and boots. I think on certain people, it can look good, but definitely not on all body types.

Though I advise not chopping the look up with a long jacket like some do.

Also, I don't agree with the assumption that all people look bad in shorts. I've seen plenty that look fine--and shorts, while not practical in winter, can be warm if you wear appropriate layers (thick tights, short underwear under the shorts, boots with socks, and multiple shirt layers) you won't get that cold.

Anonymous said...

If you're tall and skinny, anything goes. Not so if you're not. For shorts and tights, it's even more true. It's cute on young, lithe girls with legs that stretches for miles, but it looks very silly on anyone else. It's better if the shorts are long, though. If the hit just above the knee, it looks less shocking to see them in cold weather. Even better: cropped pants that hit the calf. Not with ankle boots, but a nice pair of mary janes. Cute!!!

Meg the Florida Bargain Queen said...

I'm not a huge fan of shorts in general, but they look really weird layered.

It's hard to pull them off, especially if they're short. That's why I don't even wear shorts during our Florida summers.

I will no doubt see this trend when it does get cooler here and I'm not looking forward to it at all.

Meghan said...

Sometimes it is cute, or an expression of personality, to challenge the status-quo in terms of appearance. Wearing shorts with tights or legwarmers in the winter can display an attitude of reckelssness which to me is more attractive than yielding to traditional styles.

Anonymous said...

Your ankle boot comment made me question my own taste. This is unfortunate because I happen to own a pair of beautiful black leather Nine West ankle boots that are not only flattering and classy but also can be worn with practically anything. I think SOME ankle boots can be hideous but some (like my Nine West beauties) are adorable. So are you just saying you hate ankle boots that are ugly or in general?

Meg from The Bargain Queen & All About Appearances said...

Meghan,

I do agree that it's good that people do experiment with style. I'd rather some people get it all wrong, than for everyone to just play it safe. But it's definitely an 'at your own risk' activity. Of course, that can be part of the fun, but I think it's important for people to have an idea of what others might think and take that into consideration (which doesn't necessarily mean that they should let that dissuade them).

For all my preaching, I do quite a bit of experimenting. I have my orange and pink knee-high argyle stockings, a leopard print newsboy that one of my friends thinks is absolutely hilarious, some light pink leg warmers, my over the top tea hats... and the list goes on.

knoxwhirled said...

I disagree with you so much I barely want to think straight.

eh, lighten up

Kasmira said...

I have to admit to liking the shorts-tights look as long as:

- shorts are winter appropriate color/fabric

- tights are dark

- NO ankle boots

- skinny legs

Are they really that different from a miniskirt/tights combo?