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Trends: Hey, Shortie

May 1, 2009

by katiearms handmade and vintage goods

Oh no, it’s shorts season! Have no fear, my fellow skeptic-of-thigh-bearing friends! I too prefer pairs that are longer, higher, and looser than those of the Daisy Duke variety. Peruse my collection of vintage, handmade, and even custom-sized picks for some immediate anxiety relief. As always, Etsy’s got your back! (Psst! I even have a little something-something for you short-shorts lovers, too.)


Vintage Purple Plaid Long Short from Pudding

From thepuddingstorevint, $28.50.

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Dottie Shorts vintage 40s style high waisted yellow XS/S

From BombnBelleClothing, $68.

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Unisex purple striped vintage surf ethnic shorts

From lethilogica, $24.

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Hand Distressed High-Waisted Vintage Denim Shorts

From AllieRuth, $28.

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Twill Highwaisted Sailor Shorts w/ Flap Front (CUSTOM SIZED)

By LooseTeeth, $65.

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Batya shorts

By iluchka, $75.

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The Orkestar Short

By LittleHouses, $110.

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Amazing Black Satin Shorts

By BlkSwn, $45.

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The Cruise Shorts————Custom sized

By missbrache, $72.

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Chic White Linen Trouser Shorts, Small

From leolucaescobar, $45.

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Spring Fashion Gift Guide | Trends

The Orkestar Short
The Orkestar Short
Fancy Pants (Shorts)
Fancy Pants (Shorts)
pa'u shorts in yellow corduroy. size small
pa'u shorts in yellow corduroy. size small
The Longer Skort ( hemp and local organic cotton)
The Longer Skort ( hemp and local organic cotton)
Hand Distressed High-Waisted Vintage Denim Shorts
Hand Distressed High-Waisted Vintage Denim Shorts


  • LaveMeSoapCo

    LaveMeSoapCo said 8 years ago

    thanks for the inspiration to do squats tonight.

  • kahiko

    kahiko said 8 years ago

    thanks for the amazing shorts selections! i have a couple in my shop too!

  • themachinestops

    themachinestops said 8 years ago

    great article!

  • BlueBettyShop

    BlueBettyShop said 8 years ago

    love the sailor shorts!

  • CutieDynamite

    CutieDynamite said 8 years ago

    Oh no, dreaded shorts season! I'm loving the sailor pair!

  • JenGillette

    JenGillette said 8 years ago

    Man, do I love high waisted short shorts. Go, saucy pin up style, go!

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 8 years ago

    I definitely love shorts living in beautiful Orlando, Florida!! Thanks!!

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest said 8 years ago

    "LaveMeSoapCo... ...thanks for the inspiration to do squats tonight." LOL!!!!!! Too funny...I agree!

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 8 years ago

    This makes shorts a little less scary. I love those shorts by Looseteeth, very 1940s pin-up.

  • dogties

    dogties said 8 years ago

    So many great shorts! We can't wait to see more...

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 8 years ago

    Wonderful Katie!!! I love shorts - spent years in them - just so wonderful! Now, though, I would have a fright if I saw myself in a pair that were any shorter than my calves! thanks for this excellent trip down memory lane - with a few laughs!

  • FashionTouch

    FashionTouch said 8 years ago

    Love the Cruise shorts, so cute!!!

  • zebracakes

    zebracakes said 8 years ago

    I love those Dottie shorts with the suspenders!

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 8 years ago

    Perfect theme for the beautiful weather. Guess I'll have to shave my legs!

  • UrbanAdornments

    UrbanAdornments said 8 years ago

    I like the Orkestar shorts!!

  • HelloVictory

    HelloVictory said 8 years ago

    Yay for short season! I love Lethilogica's shop. Those shorts are awesome.

  • TheLimeTree

    TheLimeTree said 8 years ago

    I love these! They really put a spin on the conventional short.

  • dustyrosevintage

    dustyrosevintage said 8 years ago

    our current pleated, high-waisted favorites:

  • lamarquisedesanges

    lamarquisedesanges said 8 years ago

    THANKS katie ... I love shorts... this selection is awesome ...missbrache shorts are my favorite, but I could wear them all .... not all in the same time of course ;) :)

  • AwApplesauce

    AwApplesauce said 8 years ago

    Cute vintage shorts are soo hard to find. Thanks!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 8 years ago

    Love shorts but~ need the legs that go with them too please, lol. Great finds katie.

  • kittytrishia

    kittytrishia said 8 years ago

    If you dare wear shot shorts nair for shorts shorts XD

  • FlanneryCrane

    FlanneryCrane said 8 years ago

    LUV them all. I always like the sailor shorts. Too sweet...

  • edor

    edor said 8 years ago

    they're all so very cute!

  • sandali

    sandali said 8 years ago

    AWESOME features -- looking forward to a short & sweet summer ;)

  • blythehopesvintage

    blythehopesvintage said 8 years ago

    I love shorts me - so much so that I haven't listed any - they're mine, all MINE!

  • hushmouse

    hushmouse said 8 years ago

    if only i were 16 again... alright, off to the gym i go!

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 8 years ago

    cute ~ hot pants from the '70's ~

  • Greenbriar

    Greenbriar said 8 years ago

    Wonderful finds! I love the skort!

  • missindie

    missindie said 8 years ago

    I'm so glad these are in style right now! I love these! :]

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 8 years ago

    great article!

  • monkeyandsquirrel

    monkeyandsquirrel said 8 years ago

    love the loose teeth shop... cute!!!

  • mojospastyle

    mojospastyle said 8 years ago

    There is a very European feel to the design of some of the shorts. The sailor shorts are very cute. Nautical is always trendy in the summer.

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion said 8 years ago

    The trouser shorts are good for those of us who lost the battle with gravity long ago. Never wear white, though.

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 8 years ago

    Promise me my legs will look like AllieRuth's in those shorts, then I'll buy them :)

  • zeropumpkin

    zeropumpkin said 8 years ago

    love the short pants :D

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese said 8 years ago

    Those sailor shorts are the cutest shorts ever. Perfect for the vintage pin-up look.

  • unkamengifts

    unkamengifts said 8 years ago

    Very cool...and very hot!

  • Shroompiloop

    Shroompiloop said 8 years ago

    Sweet like sugar for the sizzling summer ahead -- great features -- I LOVE them all ;)

  • bellasparty

    bellasparty said 8 years ago

    Great finds!

  • Sonniesuellc

    Sonniesuellc said 8 years ago

    oh i'm in love, my legs aren't a fan of shorty shorts!

  • SayItAintSo

    SayItAintSo said 8 years ago

    Those cute black satin ones would make the dreaded short season more bearable

  • IceCreamCandy

    IceCreamCandy said 8 years ago

    so very cute style for the spring and summer!!!

  • VintageJamie

    VintageJamie said 8 years ago

    So cute~

  • CoraDesigns

    CoraDesigns said 8 years ago

    wow wish i had legs like that!!!


    PAINTINGSBYSAM said 8 years ago

    Love it!

  • akane

    akane said 8 years ago

    My boyfriend bought me that skort... I can't wait to get it!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 8 years ago

    LOVE the sailor short!!!

  • amuletica

    amuletica said 8 years ago

    I LOVE wearing shorts. Espcially "formal" shorts. I think I passed the age of wearing denim shorts well. I already have a few pairs in black, white and grey but I'm definitely planning on buying some red shorts this summer, or even something with a subtle, classy pattern. Fashion is so much fun.

  • BayMoonDesign

    BayMoonDesign said 8 years ago

    I love the idea that shorts season is here even though the weather forecast for Delaware for next week has way too much rain in it.

  • RockerByeBaby

    RockerByeBaby said 8 years ago


  • LoveAppleBoutique

    LoveAppleBoutique said 8 years ago

    The sailor shorts are just great . I can wait for the summer . Mama needs a tan. LOL .

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 8 years ago

    Awesome selection of shorts...especially the sailor shorts!

  • Archivia

    Archivia said 8 years ago

    Cute, cute, cute, cute! I wish I looked good in shorts. Love the sailors and the cruise shorts. Nice selections.

  • worksandfinds

    worksandfinds said 8 years ago

    To wear shorts means summer is here. Oooh, thanks, I was waiting for so long.

  • Mattamorphis

    Mattamorphis said 8 years ago

    I love shorts! I wear mine with ripped tights and converse. Don't forget the plaid hello. Tata!

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden said 8 years ago

    Oh those Sailor Shorts are FABULOUS!

  • stylesmith

    stylesmith said 8 years ago

    You can see Loose Teeth's work and Lulu Finder's (seriously they're awesome) work in the newest Dedicated Follower of Fashion editorial shoot being released May 10th!

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry said 8 years ago

    The Sailor Shorts are so cute!

  • imyourpresent

    imyourpresent said 8 years ago has some amazing shorts!

  • TeacupAdventure

    TeacupAdventure said 8 years ago

    oh, shorts, bane of my existence. it's so exciting to see some classier ones about this year though!

  • DewberryVintage

    DewberryVintage said 8 years ago

    Ooooohh. I just love the cruise shorts by MissBrache. She's so fabulous!

  • barbdunshee

    barbdunshee said 8 years ago

    Sailor shorts are where it's at!

  • 20BucksorLess

    20BucksorLess said 8 years ago

    Hard to think of shorts right now. Its pouring rain where I'm at. But around the corner is that warm spring day! I have a cute burgundy romper priced right:

  • mietteLove

    mietteLove said 8 years ago

    Us artsy fartsy girls sure do know how to keep it classy with shorts don't we? I don't want shorts that ride up my booty, I want the ones that are loose, comfy and airy!! ;)

  • littlepinkpebble

    littlepinkpebble said 8 years ago

    great stuff~!!

  • cosanueva

    cosanueva said 8 years ago

    ohhh I'm a shorts fan!!

  • bbbennyandthejet

    bbbennyandthejet said 8 years ago

    Oh man.. there's gotta be a "man in 70 windbreaker material short-shorts" picture out there on Etsy somewhere.. can you also do a men's shorts feature?? *grin*

  • MaryBethsArt

    MaryBethsArt said 8 years ago

    I think I may sport the high waist shorts- I'm always a bit scared too- but hot damn looks good!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 8 years ago


  • babook

    babook said 8 years ago

    i can felt spring came ; )

  • mediumcontrol

    mediumcontrol said 8 years ago

    wonderful collection of shorts - nice finds

  • brownbelly

    brownbelly said 8 years ago

    lovin the vintage shorts!!!

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