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Monday, 13 August 2012


Men's shorts in the seventies definitely lived up to their name - they were shooooort.  Ever watch a basketball game on ESPN Classic? I don't know how these guys managed to keep their package from "making an appearance" on network TV.  Ever see that episode of The Beverly Hillbillies where Jethro and Mr. Drysdale take up jogging in their little white shorts?  I feel like I know these two gentlemen intimately.  At least in a Speedo things are contained - there's never a danger of a sudden and unexpected penis rearing its ugly head. (pun intended)



But, it was a small price to pay, because women also wore short shorts.... and Sha-a-zam! did they get short.  Hot pants or Daisy Dukes, it didn't matter - no self respecting girl in the 1970s was going to get caught dead in a dowdy pair of long length shorts.

Was it worth it? Was it a fair exchange to endure the threat of man junk popping out unannounced and in return have women parade around in ultra short shorts? You tell me....


(CHOKE! GASP!)

Naturally, there's a lot of folks that happily enjoyed the male short shorts.  I say more power to you.  I encourage my fellow retro bloggers out there to post on the subject - it would be both humorous and interesting.  Here, however, we're stickin' with the female fashion trend only.

Readers will note that this is a style that is making a swift comeback in the U.S.  But we won't dwell on the here and now - this is, after all, Retrospace.  Let's linger instead on a butt load of short shorts from the past, shall we? I've got so many I'll have to divide this content into two separate posts. So, be on the lookout for Part Two. Enjoy.


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