A Brief History of Shorts

A Brief History of Shorts

Jul 20, 2020


Last week, we ended up selling out of the orange, solid black, and the black/red Secret Scientist shorts. While we work on getting them back in stock, we’re taking a look at this summertime staple and how it came to be, much like our previous blogs about basketball jerseys and slides.

Throughout the 19th and the beginnings of the 20 th century, shorts were used as outerwear solely by boys until they became old enough or tall enough, usually during their adolescence. Since they were only used by teens, men refrained from using them so that they would not be perceived as being immature.

During the late 1800s, American boys started to wear knee pants (A sort of precursor to shorts) but it wasn’t until the 1930s or so that shorts became prevalent as men and women realized the comfort and usefulness in athletic activities. Even then, however, certain scenarios deemed shorts to be far too risque.

Circa World War I, when many soldiers found themselves in tropical areas, adult men have worn shorts more frequently, particularly in summer weather, but it took several years before shorts were seen as more for all ages versus boys.

Launched in 2009, Secret Scientist Clothing is an urban streetwear brand based in Mobile, Alabama providing a range of products from t-shirts, hoodies, jackets, and footwear to accessories and more. We recognize and embrace individuality while making fashion fun, accessible, and always trendy. For more information on urban clothing online, please call 251-680-0429 and be sure to follow us on Facebook , Instagram , and Twitter . You can also visit our store located in The Shoppes at Bel Air.