Readers, some of you may think I'm a flamboyant person, but when it comes to day-to-day dressing, I'm actually rather conservative. I'm perfectly comfortable on the beach in a short bathing suit but you'll never see me walking down the street with my shirt unbuttoned or rocking a pair of Daisy Dukes. It's just not the vibe I want to give off.
So now that I'm getting close to cutting my fabric for my vintage Seventies Op shorts knock-off, I'm wondering if this is a look I'm going to feel comfortable in. It's not that I don't think I can wear them, it's whether I actually will. It's not 1978 anymore and my teen idol days are long past, even if I'm not quite ready for Celebrity Fit Club.
In the city, short-shorts feel very exposed to me. I read a few years ago that the look was coming back, but I rarely see it. Do you see it where you live?
Anyway, I've already retraced my vintage Seventies mens shorts pattern, Simplicity 5044, along with the Op style pocket.
I also cut up that old jumpsuit I made two years ago (I never wore it) and used it as a muslin to test rise and hem length.
So now the question is, which length?
I know the shorter length is truer to the original Op short, but I'm just not sure I'm comfortable in it. Those extra two inches make a big difference (to me).
I know short-shorts can be cute on some...
...but I'm wondering if sometimes more isn't more, if you know what I mean.
What do you think? Original Seventies hot pants length or something a little more -- dare I say it? -- age appropriate?
What length shorts does the man in your life currently wear or, if you're a man, do you wear?
Is there some sort of rule about this -- say, 1/4 inch added for every year you are over 40, or just whatever floats your boat? Thoughts?
Have a great day, everybody!