1960’s/1970’s purple hot pants

There’s a song from the 1960’s that asks the question, “Who wears short shorts?”  Many a fashion-forward female from the mid-60’s through early 70’s did!  It’s hard to imagine now, but miniskirts and hot pants were completely revolutionary and scandalous when they were introduced in the mid-1960’s, riding the tide of sweeping social change along with see-through dresses made of vinyl, disposable paper fashion, and swimsuits that happened to be missing the top.  Mary Quant, who gave us the miniskirt, is credited with designing early hot pants.  The style of these very short shorts went through its own evolution – at first, they weren’t as short as they would eventually get, and the fabrics changed over time.  A pair of hot pants like these, made of leather, in a bright hue of purple, and with conspicuous white contrasting stitches would most likely be paired with white knee boots, although a big-soled shoe would not be out of the question.  Emphasizing the smallness and youthfulness of the body was the name of the game!   Click here for more views and sizing information.


Men wear short shorts.

It’s gray, rainy and very dreary in Portland today so I was doing mental sunshine exercises while walking to work. Yesterday I picked up a few yards of lightweight seersucker material to make a blouse with and was reminded of last summer when I told my friend I would make him yellow and white seersucker shorts to replace his favorite pair that saw its demise at the hands of a careless laundry-doing roommate. Since (fingers crossed) we are about to hit sunny days, it’s time I make good on my shorts promise. It also got me thinking about men and sun and shorts.

Heath clothing had a great twist recently on trouser style shorts by pairing them with blazers for a more sophisticated approach. And following their runway shots are a few things we have in stock right now. Snatch up a pair and then promptly start freezing juice popsicles in preparation.