Vintage Style Inspiration: Shorts Story

Life Short Pants
Photo by Allan Grant for LIFE Magazine

With spring nearly sprung, it’s almost time to shed those heavy layers of tights, sweaters, and coats in favor of warmer weather wardrobe staples such as tees, tanks, and – you guessed it – shorts! Whether you prefer Bermudas, cut-offs, or capris, shorts are the perfect way to add cool style to warmer days. We went off in search of  some vintage style inspiration and in short order, compiled these inspiring looks from days gone by.

Whether you’re pairing your shorts with a sweet cropped top, playing with pattern, or tucking in a matching blouse to create a faux-romper, these vintage looks are ones we’d don today!

Photo by Ben Somoroff for Mademoiselle, April 1955

Lauren Bacall
Photo of Lauren Bacall by Louise Dahl-Wolfe for Harpers Bazaar, 1945

Photo of Jane Birkin, circa 1970’s

About Julie O.

A lover of all things vintage and vintage-inspired, Julie bought her first 1950s frock in the fifth grade. Since then, Julie has become a self-described connoisseur of vintage and thrift shopping, which she shares on her blog, Orchid Grey. When she’s not scouring the racks for the perfect vintage skirt, this native New Englander can be found deftly navigating the slopes of a ski mountain, taking road-trips to the beach, and exploring new places with a vintage camera in her hand.


9 Responses to Vintage Style Inspiration: Shorts Story

  1. Lydia 03/19/2013 at 2:15 pm #

    How darling! I <3 shorts of any length, and just the other day I bought my first pair for spring!!

  2. Alexia 03/19/2013 at 6:57 pm #

    We are all dreaming of spring!
    xx, Alexia of In the Mean
    xx, Alexia of In the Mean

  3. meghanalfano 03/19/2013 at 7:24 pm #

    Love Love LOVE this!!!


  4. Sarah 03/20/2013 at 8:12 am #

    Love this, I wish people would dress like this everyday.

    come check it out

  5. Charli 03/20/2013 at 12:46 pm #

    I bought some gorgeous 50’s style high-waisted denim short-shorts and am desperately waiting for some warm weather in England to wear them!

  6. Rachel Lauren 03/23/2013 at 12:11 pm #

    Great vintage fashions in my Etsy store Check it out!

  7. Old World ~ New Girl 03/24/2013 at 5:40 pm #

    I would so wear these! I’m going to have to challenge myself this summer and get to sewing! I bet I can find some awesome patterns at my favorite thrift stores =) Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. MagpieSpeaks 03/29/2013 at 3:09 pm #

    The neckline thing going on in the second photo (the car interior photo) is ah-mazing..

  9. T. A. Morrow 04/01/2013 at 5:28 am #

    Beautiful photos! 🙂

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