1. The short history of shortsBut before we talk about style, let's go back to the history of the piece. And to do this, we must look at the cousin of the shorts: the Bermuda shorts. In the nineteenth century, the British army, then in the midst of colonization, was stationed in several parts of the world, including tropical areas. Obviously, the standard uniform is clearly not adapted to local conditions. Soldiers were therefore allowed to shorten their pants, as long as they kept their jackets, ties and high socks.
This new uniform was then widely adopted in Bermuda. It is from this region that it will get its name of Bermuda. It is also used for dinners but also for night outings and at work.
In the West, it is only used for sports and quickly becomes a child's clothing. It is no longer called Bermuda shorts but short pants, is popularized by the scouts and even becomes a mandatory uniform for school, regardless of the season. Indirectly, the unregulated length of children's shorts, but also the relaxation of dress codes from the 60s, will promote the emergence of shorts for men.
Note that, despite their relative similarity, shorts and Bermuda shorts are two different pieces. Indeed, the first will have a maximum length stopping at mid-thigh. Often curved, it also exists in straight cuts. On the other hand, the Bermuda shorts arrive precisely at mid-knee or just above the knee, not to be confused with the pantacourt, which arrives at mid-calf. It often evolves in dressy outfits but also works very well in casual ensembles if it is chosen in the right material.