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December 22, 2019

Short Shorts and Long, Long Legs: 40 Cool Snaps of Young Women Wearing Shorts in the 1940s and '50s

After World War II, Western civil society began to shrug off the conformity that had been required. Society began to reorganize itself as more casual and perhaps took more of a distrustful view of stuffiness.

The 1950s decade was the first that embraced women wearing shorts for more than just beach wear or for pinup girls. Women’s 1950s shorts came in several lengths and styles to fit a variety of leisure activities women enjoyed. The shortest length was the short short, followed by an above the knee Bermuda, below the knee pedal pushers and the capri which is somewhere between a short and a pant.

Here below is a set of cool snapshots that shows young women wearing shorts in the 1940s and 1950s.


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